A dispute over water and sewer service between the Little Orleans Campground and Park Area and home owners at the campground that’s been going on for several years is headed to court again, in both the Allegany County Circuit Court and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Cumberland Times-News reported.

A few residents have been without water since Jan. 1, said Charles Frank, one of the owners of a home in the campground. Frank said he received a notification of the cutoff by letter. He said most of the affected residents are on fixed incomes and can’t afford the $4,000 a year charged for water and sewer in 2012, for instance.

D. Bruce Poole, the attorney for the campground, has a different perspective. Only three residents are not paying their bills for the services. There are about 150 lots on the campgrounds, with 40 owned outright by residents and the others leased. Poole said water and sewer service won’t be restored to the three residents until the bills are paid.

The dispute centers around the fees charged for water, sewer and other services and whether the property owners are entitled to reside at the campground year-round or only use the properties as vacation homes.

The campground has maintained the intent from the beginning that the homes were not meant to be year-round residences. The home owners believe there was no such agreement.

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