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Community split on water project

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DENMARK TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

By Colette Boyd

Outrage is coming from a local community over a future water plan. Homeowners say they're being forced to pay for a new water system, whether they plan on using it or not.

Some residents say enough is enough. They don't want to foot the bill for a new water system. Still others say their water is so bad, they're all for the project.

"I'm very happy with the water, I drink it every day. My dad lived to be 86 and my mom drank it to 91. It never hurt them," says Denmark Township resident Larry Schian. "I hope they come to their senses and vote no."

Schian has lived in Denmark Township his whole life. He's one of the dozens of residents who showed up at a public hearing Monday to try to put a stop to a proposed water project.

The water pipeline would bring water in from the city of Saginaw for residents who want it. It would cost each property hooked up to the pipeline nearly $10,000. But residents who don't want the pipeline are afraid they'll be forced to pay the extra money and other hidden costs.

"They're trying to get everybody into a special assessed district that will charge at large everybody to run water. It's not fair," says resident Scott Asperger.

Not everyone at the public hearing opposes the project. Some people want city of Saginaw water.

It's the best water in the area. Terrific tasting, no chemicals, safe to drink, everybody wants city water," says resident Randal Bittler.

The other issue on the table for the Denmark Township board is nearly a $400,000 bill for a failed 2010 water project.

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