Cole County: State to look into sewage leak

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has agreed to get involved in efforts to stop a home on Landing Creek Road from leaking raw sewage into ditches.

Cole County Presiding Commissioner Marc Ellinger announced Thursday he had been told by the attorney general’s chief of staff that they would assist the county.

In June, commissioners met with county health officials and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson about the matter.

At that time, Richardson said he was dealing with owner Joseph Meidel on an unrelated criminal case and hoped clearing the criminal case would lead to resolution on the sewage issue.

However, the sewage continues to leak.

By law, the health department and commission cannot do anything about it, according to county commissioners. The county can investigate, but it’s then up to the county prosecutor to pursue action.

Earlier this month, Ellinger had said the attorney general’s staff had been considering whether they could take action under clean water laws.

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