Letter to the Editor: Homeowners deserve to be compensated after sewer backup
Last June 20-21, the sanitary sewer backed up due to a heavy rainfall, a lightning strike and an infrastructure that has not kept up with the expansion of the city.
At least two dozen residents experienced extreme clean-up costs and loss of property.
The city’s ineffective insurance company refuses to pay for the numerous claims, stating that the city has done a good job with its updating of the infrastructure.
A few months later, an article appeared in this paper that stated the city of Perham was being fined $70,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for odors caused in part by the city not “keeping proper records for, or adequately maintaining and/or calibrating, various types of monitoring and pumping equipment.”
I find it very interesting that the state is able to fine Perham for something that does not directly affect it, but the residents who suffered documented loss are denied.