In what should have been nothing more than a check-off on a to-do list, securing permission to expand existing easements on two properties south of the site of the new Allen County Hospital has turned into a headache for hospital trustees.
The 25-foot easement across the two properties currently contains a water line placed by Rural Water District No. 5 years ago. For the new hospital, gas and wastewater lines need to be added.
But in what has become a prolonged battle between parties, “a lack of cooperation” exists to grant the extensions to the county, according to Iola administrator Carl Slaugh, who is working with hospital trustees to facilitate the agreement.