|Appeals hearing set in water war|
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|Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:53 PM|
An appeals hearing has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the marathon battle between the City of Harrison and Greater Cincinnati Waterworks over which provider has authority to supply water in disputed areas in Harrison and Crosby townships.
City Council’s law committee met behind closed-doors with special attorney Larry Barbiere for more than an hour Tuesday, Sept. 3, to talk strategy.
Three judges, who have not yet been named, from the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, will hear arguments, said City Attorney William Deters.
In March, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Jody M. Luebbers ruled in favor of GCWW after nearly 12 hours of testimony last October.
The appeals court judges, however, will work “from a clean slate,” meaning the common plea ruling does give GCWW an advantage, said Harrison Mayor Joel McGuire.
The core of the case dates to at least 1987. An appeals court ruling probably will not be rendered until next spring, said McGuire.