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Health board: Patience with Amish is over

KENTON — The Kenton-Hardin Health Board on Tuesday told two Amish men the board’s patience is spent waiting on them to address sewer and water concerns.

Acceptable progress on the sewage system must be made within the next month or both families could face eviction from their homes, the board said.

The health board began legal action against the Amish families in January in hopes they would be willing to address sewer and water concerns at their new houses.

Since then, Joni Hershberger and Emory Gingerich have come to agreements with the board which have gone unfulfilled, appealed the board’s decision to the common pleas court and successfully delayed their day before the judge. But the day before they were to present their evidence they dropped their appeal.

The final disappointment for the board came after Sanitarian Gary Shields reported on his development of a survey he conducted with 11 Amish families of various size, finding the number of people in the home varied the amount of gray water very little. He said the survey allowed him to develop an acceptable system which could be used in the future when dealing with new Amish homes.

Hershberger said the plans were rejected by the Amish population and their bishops.

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