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Michael Myers came before Orangeburg City Council Tuesday seeking relief from a situation affecting him and three neighbors.

Myers informed council that his water meter and two neighbors' meters are on another neighbor’s property.

“We need an extension to the end of the road so our meters can be placed on our property,” he said.

Myers said the property owner where all of the meters are located has not given permission for the other water lines to be on his property.

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Myers also stated that the property owner refuses to give an easement and has threatened to dig up the waterlines, which would cut off Myers and the other neighbors' access to DPU water service.

“We have to find a way connect into that meter and run it through everybody else’s property, from his property down to our own property,” Myers said.

Myers said that in communication with DPU, he was told a waterline extension would cost $2,262.64.

Myers said he didn’t know why DPU did not run waterlines to all of the properties originally. He believes he would be paying for an extension that should have been in place when DPU lines were first installed on the road.

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DPU Manager Warren Harley said the matter Myers brought before council is common.

“It is not uncommon for us to have situations like this where prior property owners, perhaps, instructed DPU to put meters and lines in certain places,” Harley said.

Warren said this may not particularly apply to Myers’ issue, and noted the usual circumstances surrounding such instances.

“A lot of times neighbors, or relatives, or friends work out deals without putting a proper easement or anything in writing,” Harley said.

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“The new property owners aren’t aware of that agreement, that handshake agreement that they made, and DPU will only put meters where they are permitted to put them,” he said.

Harley said DPU was “permitted to put it where they put it and it was more than likely a handshake agreement between prior property owners that allowed the meters and the lines to go where they currently are.”

“We’re trying to figure out ways to make this a little better, but at this point, the property’s owner’s responsibility in this case, if he needs a new line, we have to follow our general terms and conditions to charge him for that extension,” Harley said.

Also during the meeting, Harvey Elwood, executive director of WOSC 93.7 FM, appeared before council to request funding for concerts.

“The purpose of the money is to host two concerts. As you know, we’ve been here in the past. We were able to secure funding from Orangeburg County in the amount of $5,000. We’re asking you for $5,000 to match those funds,” Elwood said.

Elwood’s request will be taken up by the city’s Accommodations Tax Committee.

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Contac the writer: bharris@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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