- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) - Milton-Freewater officials are concerned the city will be required to spend millions to provide water to a trailer park outside city limits.

Their worries stem from a vote taken last year by the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners. It deemed the wells a public health threat because they are sometimes contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports (https://is.gd/BfrPLT ) the vote led to an Oregon Health Authority investigation, and to the possibility that Milton-Freewater would have to provide water.

City officials don’t want to annex the area and have asked commissioners to retract their finding. City Manager Linda Hall says they used old data, and the wells are now clean.

But commissioners say they fulfilled their duty, and don’t have the ability to withdraw the finding.

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