Hoxie residents meet to discuss sewer line problems

A sewage line issue is causing a heated debate in Hoxie. Who should pay?

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - The sewage line between Northeast Kelli Street and Northeast Carolina Street in Hoxie is damaged. The city is working to repair the main line that is its responsibility, but homeowners may have to pay for repairs on their personal sewage lines or risk service being turned off.

Laury McGingty lives on Kelli street and said she thinks it is unfair.

"It's selfish in the city to do this to us because they knew that the problem was there," McGingty said. "They should have fixed it years ago."

McGingty said estimates show it could cost up to $1700 to repair her personal sewage line, and she said they just don't have that kind of money.

"A lot of us are on fixed income. There's a lot of elderly here," McGingty said. " We have got two babies living in our house along with my elderly mother. We cannot afford to do this."

The city said this is an issue they have never had to deal with before. Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said it's unclear what the the right thing to do is because the decision they make sets a precedence for the future.

If the city pays for all repairs other than just the main sewage lines, it could get costly.

"Sets a bad precedence then that could be a financial nightmare later on with other structures that fail in that part of the city and other parts of the city," Tinker said.

Tinker said this is a city council issue, and there are many factors that go into trying to make a decision. The cities attorney will be giving the city council advice on how to proceed from the standpoint of legal ramifications. Ramifications like liability.

Mayor Tinker wonders if the city fixes the homeowners pipes, could the city be liable for damage or problems that may occur in the future?

A city council meeting on Tuesday night should answer questions regarding the sewage pipe issues. McGingty says she hopes the city decides to pay for all the repairs and take responsibility.

At the council meeting they will discuss how other homeowners have already fixed their sewage pipes and the different scenarios for how the problem can be fixed and paid for.

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