Sewage near school must be cleaned up

By Heather Condley Record-Courier staff writer Published:

In Portage County Common Pleas Court Friday, Magistrate Kent Graham issued a preliminary injunction against George Plesotis, the owner of the property on S.R. 44.

The Portage County Prosecutor's Office filed for the injunction on behalf of the Portage County Combined Health District because it claims that sewage has been leaking from a broken discharge line on Plesotis' property onto the playground at the school next door.

Attorneys for the school district, the health department and Plesotis met behind closed doors and agreed to give Plesotis two weeks to clean the problem up with the understanding that if the problem isn't fixed Plesotis could be held in contempt of court.

"The system must meet health district requirements," Graham told Plesotis. "You agree that if the improvements aren't met within that time, you cant' use the system."

Graham went on to say that Plesotis could be held in contempt of court, fined $1,000 and sentenced to ten days in jail if the system is not fixed.

The problem was discovered in April when school maintenance workers noticed the sewage, prompting them to close off the grassy section of the playground. The health department subsequently conducted a dye test to determine that the sewage was indeed coming from next door and notified Plesotis that he was responsible for fixing the problem within 21 days.

The problem has prompted parents of Shalersville elementary students and members of the Parent/Teacher Organization to get involved and they have met recently with Portage County Health Commissioner Kenneth Rupp to be updated about the situation and to have health concerns addressed.

Classes at Shalersville Elementary School begin Wednesday, and parents

were hoping that the problem would have been cleaned up by then.

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