Township sues church over damage to sewer lineThursday, February 02, 2006 By Ben Cunningham
The Grand Rapids Press
ADA TOWNSHIP -- Ada Township has taken a dispute involving a Jehovah's Witness church addition to Kent County Circuit Court.
The township claims Cascade Congregation of Jehovah's Witness has failed to reimburse it $64,993.68 for repairs made to municipal sewer lines damaged during construction of an addition to the church, according to court documents.
The damage allegedly occurred in late 2002 or early 2003 when the hall, at 1250 Spaulding Ave. SE, built its addition.
In March 2003, Secretary/Treasurer Chris Vroma promised, in a letter, that Cascade Congregation would reimburse the township for costs to repair the damaged sewer section at the intersection of Spaulding Avenue SE and Cascade Road.
Congregation officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment, and as of last week had not yet responded in court to the lawsuit.
The Township Board approved filing the suit, which seeks to recoup expenses along with court costs, attorney fees and other "appropriate relief," according to court documents. The suit was filed last month.