Hillsdale Drive resident shares concerns with city council

| March 15, 2017

COSHOCTON – A Hillsdale Drive resident was back at city council’s March 13 meeting to plead her case for city water.

Tina Dobson has been approaching Coshocton City Council now for about four years hoping to find a way to get her home, which is just outside city limits, connected to city water.

“City water is only about two blocks from me and most everybody up on the hill said they’d be interested in learning more about getting it,” she said. “I’ve taken polls but I can’t tell people everything they want to know. I think it’s time to have a meeting and really start talking about this.”

Dobson has well water and said she has to be very frugal with it.

“Water is really important and if you don’t have it, you really miss it,” she said.

Dave McVay, the city’s utilities director, said Dobson’s neighborhood is a priority whenever the city decides it is ready to expand waterlines.

“We’ve had it pre-engineered, we just have to find ways to fund it,” he said.

Mayor Steve Mercer said the search for funding includes looking for ways to minimize cost not just for the city, but also for homeowners. He wants to make sure it’s an affordable option for everyone.

Dobson hopes the city keeps moving forward because right now she couldn’t even sell her house and move somewhere with a better water supply.

“I couldn’t sell without the promise of water,” she said. “My property is worthless without a good supply of water.”

City Council President Cliff Biggers asked Councilman Glenn Mishler, who is the head of the infrastructure committee to try and find out how many customers would hook up to city water if lines were run to Dobson’s neighborhood.

During the meeting Sheriff Tim Rogers took a moment to commend the Coshocton City Schools staff and how it handled a recent incident at the high school.

“They followed protocol and worked very well with us to get the schools shut down and keep the kids safe,” he said. “We do believe the threat made (March 9) was a very credible one.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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