What came first, the chicken or the egg? That's the question Bellevue officials and representatives from the Northern Ohio Rural Water authority are wrestling.
And 13 Lyme Township property owners are stuck in the middle.
The Rural Water authority territory covers the properties, but it's not willing to install the larger sewer lines the property owners say will make the land more attractive to potential investors.
Nobody will invest, the property owners contend, if the infrastructure is not there to support development. Bellevue could provide the larger water and sewer lines, which prompted the property owners to seek annexation.
The property owners have a right to seek and be granted annexation if the request meets all the legal requirements.
Huron County commissioners will vote on the petition, but if all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed the vote could end up being simply procedural.
The property owners have the right to ask for infrastructure upgrades if they are willing to pay for them. That's an important point. Current users should not foot the bill to upgrade private property.
The city has suggested a compromise that would allow the Rural Water authority the right to continue providing and billing for water services and the city would bill for sewer services.
Maybe the offer of a compromise is a first step to reaching one.
We urge all the groups -- the city, township officials, the Rural Water authority and the property owners -- to work toward a compromise.