Calverton residents sue county over new sewage system
Residents of a townhouse complex in Calverton are suing Suffolk, saying the county is ordering them to put in a new sewage system they cannot afford.
Calverton Hills residents are being required by the county to install a new sewage treatment system that serves the development's homes at a cost of $7 million.
Daniel Hotchkin, the Calverton Hills Homeowners Association president, says the added cost would be a "hardship."
Homeowners say the county signed a 1973 covenant, taking ownership of the sewage plant.
"It's not ours. They should have been maintaining it, and they dropped the ball on it," said Hotchkin.
A Suffolk spokesman told News 12 in part that, "we do not think it is a viable claim against the county."
Residents say the county's Health Department is threatening to close the complex if the sewage system isn't replaced.
A federal judge will hear the lawsuit on Nov. 3.