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Michigan Supreme Court denies Alpena Township water appeal

ALPENA, Mich. – Michigan’s Supreme court has denied Alpena Township’s water appeal.

The City of Alpena and the township have been in an ongoing water and sewage dispute since 2013.

The city sued the township after a rate increase wasn’t paid.

After several court appearances and rulings, the township went to the Michigan Court of Appeals after the city refused a settlement.

The township’s attorney further explains.

“So now we have the supreme court speaking and they’re not going to take the appeal, so what that means for the purposes of the court process is that the case will go back to the county circuit court,” said Alpena Township Attorney Bill Fahey.

Fahey said the dispute has been lengthy because the city and township cannot agree on a fair settlement.

Fahey said he expects to hear from Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court to schedule another settlement conference in the coming weeks.