Lisbon car dealership blames village for sewer woes

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — A Lisbon car dealer is ready to pack up and move to another location over sewer problems at her dealership.

She is blaming the village, claiming a project officials completed more than a year ago caused the problem.

The owners of Elkton Auto Corral on Jefferson Street have been dealing with sewer problems for the past 18 months. Vice President Susan Mullen said it started right after the village completed a storm sewer project near her car lot.

During the project, the Lisbon Water Department cemented all four of the septic lines of her business.

“A month and a half after that, they turned my water on knowing I had no sewer and said call them when I had a problem. Well, I have been having a problem for a year-and-a-half now,” Mullen said.

Virginia Barborak, an attorney representing the village, was not available to talk on camera. But she said the water department cemented the sewer lines because they smelled gas while working on the project.

She said years ago, a gas station was located on the property and there was a gas leak. The EPA ordered BP to do soil checks periodically after the spill, and BP hired a company to come out and test the soil on April 1.

The village is waiting on results from soil samples, but even after they come back, village officials said it’s BP’s responsibility to fix this problem, not the village. Barborak also said there’s no way the village has the resources to work on what could be as serious a problem as a gas leak.

In the meantime, Mullen has no working bathrooms in her dealership.

“If it rains, my toilets overflow and my floor drains in my shop completely overflow and floods my shop,” she said.

Mullen and her husband are strongly considering moving back to their old location in Elkton.

“We just really need to get this sewer project under way. Get it fixed. And I would more than gladly stay in this village,” Mullen said.

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