The decision has been upheld in Warren County by a retired Montgomery County judge appointed after all the local ones declined to hear the case because it involved Fedders. An appeals court in Portsmouth that took up the case for the local appeals court likewise rejected the appeal.
On Thursday, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Eckert’s latest legal filing was unlikely to convince the state’s high court to take up the case.
“The Supreme Court already held otherwise back in 1998 in the TBC Westlake case. Additionally, the appellant never raised that issue during either the administrative proceeding, nor in the appeal to the common pleas court. Thus, they waived it for the appeal to the 12th District and the Ohio Supreme Court,” Fornshell said in a text message.
The TBC case stemmed from a dispute between the Hamilton County auditor and Sycamore Community Schools over a property tax revision.
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Earlier this week, Fedders issued a statement before Eckert’s filing, about he and his wife, Carol.
“We have decided not to appeal the unfavorable decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. We do intend to take other legal actions to protect our property and the surrounding neighborhood,” the Fedderses said in the statement.
The statement then noted Eckert’s appeal.
“If he is successful, that will benefit our property as well. Consequently, until his appeal is resolved, we will have no further comment on this matter,” it said.
Eckert, a former law director whose law license is inactive, claims the county process left him and a lawyer hired for the first appeal with nothing to work from. Dating back to 2012, Eckert said 25 of 26 applications for conditional uses like the one granted in the Septek case have been approved through Warren County’s process.
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Eckert, 75, said he brought the high-court appeal by himself because the other neighbors have been required to pay individual fees at the lower levels. As a result, they decided to let Eckert file on his own in the Supreme Court.
“Everybody is as incensed with the situation as they were at the beginning,” he said.