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Cumberland Businessman Addresses Mechanic Street Easement

November 19th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Cumberland businessman Stan Kline once again addressed city officials on what he believes are regulations that could prove devastating to dozens and dozens of business owners along Mechanic Street.  City officials maintain that the federal government is putting pressure on the city of Cumberland to bring residents of Mechanic Street into compliance with an easement that calls for no trees, vegetation or structures to be within 10 feet of the Wills Creek flood control wall. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes says that ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated much of New Orleans and surrounding portions of Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, the federal government has been increasing pressure on municipalities to have residences along flood control projects in compliance with any easements that may apply. Kline, who owns multiple properties and businesses stretching from 650 to 672 Mechanic Street, says to compare flooding situations in Cumberland to what happened in Louisiana is an argument that doesn’t hold water:


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