Settlement reached over Times Square Restaurant septic system

Staff report


A settlement between the owners of the Times Square Restaurant in Kinsman and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency over fines involving a septic system has been reached.

An attorney for the owners said completion of the settlement most likely is just a few weeks away.

“They are pleased with the total of the settlement,” Atty. Stephen Haughey of Cincinnati said of owners Richard Thompson of Warren and Kenny and Carol Wilson of Gustavus.

Haughey wouldn’t say how much the owners have to pay but said it is much less than the $70,000 the EPA recently demanded.

The Ohio EPA and Ohio Attorney General’s office pursued legal action against Thompson and the Wilsons after the Wilsons installed a new septic system at the restaurant.

The state filed a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in October 2012 seeking civil penalties for the owners’ failure to alleviate an environmental hazard for more than two years.

The lawsuit sought up to $10,000 per day for the more than two years from July 2009 to October 2011.

But Carol Wilson said she didn’t understand why the EPA would require the replacement of the restaurant’s septic system at a cost of $21,000 knowing that a sewer line will be coming past the business in a year or two.

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