OTTAWA — The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial Monday reached a settlement agreement.
According to Vaughn Hoblet, attorney for Marshall and Melhorn, Toledo, representing the Maumee Watershed district, the case has been ongoing for the past two years.
“The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District wants to construct a diversion channel on the Blanchard River that is designed to drastically reduce the amount of damage done by the flooding to the village of Ottawa,” Hoblet said.
The agreement is that the district acquires title to the land. In order to build the diversion channel, the district needed to acquire title to land owned by the Buescher family and Teresa and Alan Kuhlman, T & A Properties Inc.
The district previously filed complaints naming the Buescher family and T & A Properties in order to acquire title to the land to build the diversion channel.
He said the end result of the agreement is that the district will acquire the land it needs to build a diversion channel.
“It was through the hard efforts of all parties and good faith negotiations that issues were resolved,” Hoblet said. He said the district will build the channel as soon as it can get the title for the land and anticipates that to be in the near future. Construction on the diversion channel is expected to begin this summer.
“We negotiated in good faith with them to to try to acquire the necessary land and we were unsuccessful at first and had to file an eminent domain proceedings in Common Pleas Court in Putnam County,” Hoblet said.
Earlier this year, a settlement in principal was reached with the Buescher family and T & A Properties.
There will need to be legal descriptions of land that will be acquired and transferred and once that is done there will be conditions need to be met before a final agreement will be put in place.
“Flooding in the past in Ottawa has been very damaging and the diversion channel will be built to alleviate the flow of water so that it will not flood into the village and surrounding communities,” Hoblet said.
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