WWTA Sues Man Who Is On Campaign To Get Agency To Accept Cash

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) is suing an East Ridge man who has been decrying the fact that it will not accept cash payments.

The suit was filed in Chancery Court against Rick Carpenter and Anna Grace Carpenter.

WWTA Attorney Chris Clem said the Carpenters owe $563.37 in sewer fees for their home on Chickalilly Drive.

He said the couple has not paid their sewer bill since 2012.

The suit says water was cut off to the Carpenter residence last fall due to lack of payment. It says the Carpenters turned their water back on without permission of the water company or WWTA. Then, early this year, the water was turned off again, it was stated.

A lock was installed to prevent the water from being turned back on. Also, their water meter was removed.

The suit says, "From Feb. 3, 2014, through March 18, 2014, defendants have intentionally, deliberately and maliciously harassed the WWTA, WWTA staff, WWTA attorney and WWTA board members by calling the WWTA offices in an offensively repetitious manner."

There were 63 phone calls during a six-week period, it was stated.

The Carpenters made 101 calls to county government from Feb. 3 to March 21, the suit says.

The suit seeks an injunction ordering the couple not to turn their water back on and to stop calling the WWTA and the county.

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