Sewer woes continue to plague city residents

Deb Zwez
Staff Writer

Six months have passed since the first group of West Auglaize Street residents approached Wapakoneta City Council members about the water issues they’ve suffered since the south interceptor sewer was installed at the rear of their properties. Monday four residents were back, wondering why they’ve never heard anything — and to share another crappy story.

Ralph and Julie Gillespie, 816 W. Auglaize St. and neighbors John and Doris Sheipline at 808 W. Auglaize St., attended the meeting to share that both of their basements were flooded with sewage after the most recent rainfall.

While a large root ball was allegedly to blame for the sewer backup, Doris Sheipline outlined her experience with city officials, noting the most recent back-up happened Wednesday and until late Saturday, her home was without any water.

“No water, no toilet, no shower, no dishwasher, nothing,” she said.

The sewer back up was especially frustrating due to finger pointing. The plumber told her the issue was the city’s problem; city officials countered, saying it was Sheipline’s problem.

The Gillespies came home from a vacation to find sewer in their basement as well, Julie Gillespie said.

But the sewage issue was really ancillary to the continued issue of...

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