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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 20:10
The water and sewer problem in the Village of Vinton has been an ongoing issue for many years, and residents have battled tirelessly for this basic amenity.
But now, Vinton has got another problem on its hands -- businesses in the Village are closing their doors and leaving because they cannot operate in a community with no wastewater and sewage system.
At another explosive Vinton City Council meeting last night, council members Juvencia Ontiveros, Maria Medina, and Martha Garcia voted against a motion to fund the water and sewer project for Vinton.
Frustrated residents demanded answers from the representatives but according to Vinton's Mayor, Madeleine Praino, council members declined to provide an alternative solution to the sewage problem.
Mayor Praino says the issue of wastewater and sewage is now affecting Vinton's economic well-being because businesses interested in investing in the Village are packing up and leaving.
"The companies here who had plans for expansion, they had to put them on hold or probably scratch them. there are other companies that are renting the land to function here and some of them are already thinking of leaving," said Mayor Praino.
Mayor Praino says three large businesses in Vinton, in particular, employ hundreds of residents in Vinton -- meaning many will be left without a job if the businesses close their doors.
We reached out to some of these businesses and they declined to comment.