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Judge Dismisses Suit Involving Dutch Creek Road Work

Saturday 27 October 2018


From US news outlet The Athens NEWS:


Pickup truck on Dutch Creek Road
Pickup truck on Dutch Creek Road.
(Photo: Dennis E. Powell)

Judge dismisses suit involving Dutch Creek Road work

Plaintiffs had argued chip-and-seal on rural road would endanger woman with medical condition

By Conor Morris
24 October 2018
© Copyright 2018 The Athens NEWS

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit earlier this month that a Dutch Creek Road couple had filed in 2015 against Athens County Engineer Jeff Maiden. The lawsuit alleged that potential roadwork on the rural road northeast of Athens poses a mortal threat to Cindi Madej due to a chemical-sensitivity medical condition she suffers from.

The judge in the ruling – Edmund Sargus Jr. – ruled that testimony from Cindi and Bob Madej’s medical experts was inadmissible in this case. As a result, he granted Maiden’s attorney’s motion to dismiss the suit before it went to trial.

With the lawsuit dismissed, planning for the roadwork will continue, Maiden said in a press release, along with maintenance work (such as patching potholes and grading) this fall and winter. Maiden said he will “notify the Madejs well in advance before doing any roadwork” on that section of Dutch Creek Road.


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