BOARDMAN, Ohio — An electric company has sued a northeast Ohio couple to recoup the cost of moving its overhead transmission lines farther away from their in-ground swimming pool.
Although the pool has been in the Boardman back yard for 21 years, the Ohio Edison Co. says it is in the easement for the company’s 69,000-volt power lines.
The company sued Joseph and Marsha Bettura this week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The suit seeks an unspecified amount for re-framing the transmission poles to raise the wires to a safer height above the pool.
Joseph Betura tells The (Youngstown) Vindicator he didn’t pay the $7,100 bill for raising its lines because he had earlier signed an agreement saying he owes the utility only $1.
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