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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The city of Starkville has asked a
judge for more time to answer a lawsuit filed by about 800 residents
over alleged failure to maintain a wastewater lagoon.
The lawsuit, filed last month in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court,
also alleges the city knowingly falsified environmentally sensitive
documents from land and water contamination.
City Attorney Bill Stark asked the court for an additional 45 days
to answer the suit because of its complexity.
Columbus Attorney Wil Colom filed the lawsuit on behalf of the
The lawsuit, which represents only one side of the legal argument,
accuses the city of falsifying data on the secret dumping of sewage
into streams and failure to maintain pumps, meters and equipment at
the wastewater treatment facility.
The lawsuit alleges the waste lagoon holding pond, which has no
connected piping to the treatment facility, has been negligently
maintained for several years.
The suit claims facilities dumped raw sewage into the lagoon and a
nearby creek without properly treating the waste or monitoring the
amounts of waste materials brought into the lagoon, leading to a
The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and a cleanup of
Members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen have had no public
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