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City/Township boards meet over water-sewer rate lawsuit

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The Alpena City Council, the board of trustees for the Charter Township of Alpena and their attorneys will convene Monday, to try and reach an agreement over water and sewer rates.

The two municipalities are meeting with a mediator following a court order from the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Even though the special meetings being held by both boards today are open to the public, neither board is expected to announce much if anything in open session unless a settlement is reached.  Both boards are expected to start off the morning with a closed session discussion with the mediator, an attorney from Saginaw. Lawyers for both sides are then expected to continue discussions with the mediator without the boards being present.

It appears the two municipalities are not far off from settling on water and sewer rates for 2014-2018, which were established in a September, 2018 ruling by Judge Michael Mack of the 26th Circuit Court.  The parties are having a more difficult time reaching a deal on rates past that point and going forward.

The city provides water to the township and sued the township after it refused to pay a rate increase from May, 2014.

The township is still paying rates from 2010, even though all other city customers are paying much higher rates from increases over the past eight-plus years.

A second mediation session is scheduled for later this month, if needed.

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