RV Park Owner Sues City Over Water
A dispute over water that riled an Upshur County, Texas, town last year has led to a lawsuit filed against the city and its mayor, the News-Journal of Longview reported.
Ken Miller, whose fight for water for an RV park just outside of East Mountain caused a split in the city, filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court Monday claiming discrimination and trespassing.
At its core, the lawsuit claims monetary loss Miller faced after the city delayed giving him water for about half a year.
Miller asked the city of East Mountain on Feb. 8, 2013, for water service to his property located at 341 Coulter Road, adjacent to property owned by East Mountain Mayor Neal Coulter. He didn’t get it until the latter part of May — and not without state intervention. The issue was decided after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality threatened to revoke the city’s right to control area water.
In the civil lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Miller claims Coulter trespassed on his land, that the East Mountain Police Department had unnecessarily questioned a Hispanic ranch hand in Miller’s vehicle during a traffic stop and that Coulter had placed “a sign across the road from Miller’s land” that “depicts rifle crosshairs. The crosshairs are aimed at Miller’s land and is adjacent to the RV Park entrance.”
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