Residents Told To Leave After Sewage Problem Surfaces


UPDATED: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:50 PM

Lancaster residents say they were told to move out of their homes at the Hillview Mobile Home Village because of an order from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Confused and mad because there is a lot of people out here that came here. This is like the place you go for retirement. No one expected to have to leave," said resident Melissa Hoy.

Hoy says she and eight other residents were told by the landowner, Mark Anthony, that the state environmental protection agency was forcing him to shutdown the park on Bis Road.

The state EPA says the water treatment plant located behind Hoy's home was inoperable and discharging raw sewage into the Hocking River. The state attorney general ordered Anthony to fix the problem immediately, post yellow signs warning residents of the danger and install a new fence.

"It should be fixed. The guy has had this place long enough to fix it," said resident Ron McSweeney.

Residents say Anthony is giving them until September first to move out. They say it's not enough time.

"You have to buy land, you have to get the permits, you have to get everything in order and that is going to take more than 30 days," Hoy said.

Anthony declined an interview with 10TV Wednesday night. He did say that he has replaced one of the pumps in question and the plant grate.

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