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The Suburbanite
  • Highest sewer delinquency paid

  • Stark County Sanitary Engineer Jim Jones said the office has received a payment of $25,393 to cover the delinquency owed by RL Ohio Investment for a connection fee incurred in 2008 when the building at 6073 Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township was built. Quaker Steak & Lube is now the building’s tenant.

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  • The overdue charge on this year’s highest delinquent sewer account in Stark County has been paid.
    Stark County Sanitary Engineer Jim Jones said the office has received a payment of $25,393 to cover the delinquency owed by RL Ohio Investment for a connection fee incurred in 2008 when the building at 6073 Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township was built.
    Quaker Steak & Lube is now the building’s tenant.
    Besides covering the $21,766 delinquency, an additional $3,627 was paid on the account to cover the remaining tap-in charge that would have been billed next year and was not considered delinquent. The account had been on a five-year payment plan.
    Basil Hawanchak, vice president and chief financial officer of RL Ohio Investment, said the company acquired the Dressler Road property in April and thought the delinquency had been paid by the previous property owner.
    “It was supposed to have been cleared up through the closing,” he said. “When we became aware (that it wasn’t), we went back to the (prior owner) to pay it.”
    While both the bill for the tap-in fee and the bill for the monthly sewer usage are billed in the name of RL Ohio Investment, both bills are sent to Quaker Steak’s business office for payment.
    Paulette Maringo, controller for Canton Lube Partners, said Quaker Steak pays the monthly sewer usage bill, which has not been delinquent. She said the popular wing company was never responsible for the overdue connection fee charge.
    “... We take seriously our responsibilities as a resident of this community,” she said. “Just as we treat our customers with respect and courtesy, we also do the same for our valued vendors and suppliers, whether private or public.”
    Maringo said Quaker Steak was happy to hear that the debt was paid.
    Last week, Stark County commissioners certified $768,129 in unpaid sewer charges as delinquent. The charges will be added to the customers’ property tax bills and become a lien on the property. The delinquencies reflect only one year of outstanding debt.