Earlier this year, the City of Norton discovered failing septic systems that were dumping human waste into ditches that lead to a $60 million project to extend the current sewer. In doing so, the failing septic systems would no longer be used and residents would hook into the cities sewer system that would cost $20,000-$30,000 per property.
Suggested EPA mandates say residents in Norton should take measures to eliminate those aging septic systems.
As of now, Norton has put the renovations on hold as it reviews the financial requirements, but City Council President Don Nicolard tells AkronNewsNow that it's "part of a natural growth cycle we (the City of Norton) need to go through."
Non-profit groups like "Citizens-for-Norton" have been outwardly opposed to the sewer that has been claimed to be a money generating venture. Some residents believe it would be cheaper for the failing septic systems to be repaired instead of becoming a part of the city sewer.
There were four different town hall meetings held that allowed residents to ask questions and hear updates on the project where Norton administration were absent.
In the interview with Nicolard, he raised concerns about splitting the community up when it needs to be coming together.
"What we are doing with all this in-fighting among council and the people that are opposed to the sewer, we are driving a wedge down the center of this city that is never ever going to be healed if we don't start working together," Nicolard said.