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Officials file countersuit in septic-system dispute

Published: Fri, November 23, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


The dispute between septic-system installer Berry Meadows and the Trumbull County Board of Health, which has brewed for about a year, has entered yet another phase.

Dr. James Enyeart, county health commissioner, and Frank Migliozzi, director of environmental health, filed a countersuit in federal court alleging that Meadows and his wife, Deanna, have defamed them through the operation of a website called Trumbull County Septic News.

The countersuit describes the consent decree the county signed in 2006 and revised with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 that allows the county to use two types of septic systems.

Meadows tried to get approval of another type of system, but his system was never tested in order to determine whether it met performance standards, the countersuit says.

This conflict is what started the dispute between Meadows and the Health Board, the countersuit says. In the months to follow, Berry Meadows has filed “numerous lawsuits” against the health board, Enyeart and Migliozzi that contain “false and unfounded allegations,” the countersuit says.


1bmanresident(577 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Trumbull County and its officails are about as crooked as they come! I hope it all works out for the Meadows! Perhaps some Federal Investigations should ensue.

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