LISBON - The Miller Place clustered housing development had a waterline run to it this summer, ending a 15-year saga to get municipal water service for residents.
The 26-unit Miller Place is located just north of town on Hunters Camp Road. The developer, Dean Rose, had tried for years to obtain village water service for the development and adjoining property he owns but was prevented by a Lisbon law that required annexation in exchange for municipal water services. Rose tried that but was unable to get all of the owners of the property between village limits and Miller Place to agree to be annexed.
All of that changed in 2009, when Lisbon Village Council repealed the law requiring annexation in exchange for water service. Rose applied for permission to tap into the closest village waterline about 750 feet away.
Rose was required to get the engineering work approved and pay the costs for running a line to the existing waterline, but for some reason or another the project bogged down until Miller Place residents approached the village Board of Public Affairs in 2011 and asked what they could to do to see the project through.
Residents were told plans needed to be drafted and submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with line installation subject to the approval of the village BPA as well.
All of this was done, and Rose's son installed the connector line, which is now the village's responsibility to maintain.
"Miller Place residents, the EPA and BPA worked together to get them water," he said.