Hudson -- A resident in the Village of Boston Heights will be a customer of Hudson water.
Council members approved 5-1 a resolution June 16 to allow the owner of 6052 Olde Eight Road to tap into the city of Hudson's water system because his well is failing. The Council member against the resolution was Alex Kelemen.
"I think it's wrong to taxpayers and those in Hudson who don't have water," Kelemen said. "It seems the business of Hudson it to go into the water business."
Kelemen said Hudson should charge water customers outside of Hudson more for the service because they don't pay Hudson taxes.
"If we sell outside of Hudson, we should have a separate rate," Kelemen said.
Council member David Basil argued the water line already exists, it runs by the property and is not that far from Hudson. In addition the water utility is an enterprise fund and the user pays for the costs.
"I don't see any reason not to do it," Basil said. "And not collaborating with our neighbors is not in our best interest."
Council President Hal DeSaussure said the Village of Boston Heights is part of the Hudson School District and not a remote individual.
"He's closer to the water facility than 80 percent of residents," DeSaussure said. "This is a person with a problem, a faulty well, and we have the solution. To tell this man we're not going to give him water because of a beef with the city of Akron isn't fair."
Council members agreed it was the right thing to do.
The existing water line was extended for the Boys Scouts Camp on West Streetsboro Street in the mid 1990s in an area in the Cleveland Water service area. Cleveland gave Hudson permission to provide the service instead. The Boy Scouts Organization paid for the infrastructure to provide water for its camp on state Route 303.
The other water line that has been a subject of Council debate belongs to the city of Akron. Hudson filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Akron Dec. 11, 2014, challenging a $27.76 per month surcharge to its water customers. In a separate matter, the city of Akron has tried to establish a long-term water agreement with Hudson but would not discuss terms with Hudson officials. Akron won't allow new developments to tap into its waterline in Southern and Western Hudson.