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Westlake water battle rages on in Cleveland courtroom

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WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -

Another hearing was held Monday morning in the Westlake water battle.

The two sides could reach a compromise if Westlake leaves the Cleveland Water System. Customers could see a fee increase ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars per quarter.

At this hour, the much delayed issue of Westlake possibly switching it's water supplier from Cleveland to Avon Lake is in the courtroom of Judge Michael Astrab. At issue, a $291 dollar per quarter charge Cleveland wants Westlake customers to pay if there is a switch.

The hearing Monday is about the legality of the $291 charge. Westlake says it's 25-year contract is over and it should be free to buy water wherever it wants. Cleveland says not so fast, you've got five years left.

Needless to say, the issue has gathered a lot of interest, if not concern. While many at a public hearing in Westlake want the situation fully investigated, others say leave well enough alone, why risk the hefty penalty if a switch is made.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough has complained about the service his city gets from Cleveland's Water Department. Others say fees above and beyond their water usage are reasons to investigate the Avon Lake option. It's costs are lower, some estimate as much as 10%. The utility already sells water on the west side in Lorain County and as far south as Brunswick Hills in Medina County.

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