West Side residents bristle at basement-flooding settlement amount

YOUNGSTOWN — Six Wendover Circle residents who had extensive damage to their homes after a December water break were offered $2,500 each from the city administration to help pay their expenses.

The residents called the proposal an “insult” and members of council said the city should come back with a better offer.

The issue was discussed today at a city council infrastructure and general improvements committee meeting.

Fred Ross of Wendover Circle, who’s lived on that street for 52 years, said the water break caused $62,000 worth of damage to his home.

As for the $2,500 offer, Ross said, “It’s an insult,” and “I’m being mistreated.”

A water line on Wendover Circle, near Kirk Road, on the city’s West Side, broke in December causing water to flow into the basements of a number of homes. It caused thousands of dollars of damage to Wendover Circle houses.

Councilwoman Lauren McNally, D-5th, who has Wendover in her ward, said in the past the city has made “good-faith payments for extreme situations” like this and should cover more than $2,500 for each resident who had to pay to clean up water and replace items such as water heaters, washing machines and dryers.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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