For the past four years, the City of Spearfish and the Spearfish Valley Sanitation District haven't been able to come to an agreement on who pays for what when it comes to removing sewage from properties.
Now, Spearfish wants to share a sewage line with the District, something the District will not do without an agreement.
McGuigan Street in Spearfish divides two subdivisions. One is an already built neighborhood belonging to the District and one is under construction and belongs to the City.
Tom Brady, City attorney, says the City would like to hook the new neighborhood's sewage line into the District's already existing line. "The City is more than willing to pay a fair rate for the sewage produced by City customers," said Brady.
But Brady says the District is being unreasonable and plugged the line so the City can't use it. "That's unacceptable, untenable. They put their sewage in the Spearfish systems and have been for four years without an agreement," said Brady.
Russell Crago, District board member, says the District simply capped the line at the end of their property. He says they'll let the City use it when there is a fair agreement. "We are more than willing to sit down and meet with the city to come up with a mutual agreement, not a dictated agreement," said Crago.
In regards to the lack of an agreement for the past four years, Crago says the District has tried to reach a mutual agreement, but he says the City has handed the District decisions without discussion. "We want to pay our fair share, it's not like we don't want to pay something," said Crago.
This past Tuesday, the City used eminent domain to acquire possession of the sewage line, a nearly 8,000 foot line. This action was filed in Lawrence County Clerk of Courts.