WESTLAKE -- The City of Westlake and the Cleveland water department continue their battle over usage and charges.
It all began in 2007, when Westlake turned down a proposed contract renewal.
Then in May, Westlake notified the Cleveland water department that it was taking its business elsewhere.
Westlake has been in discussions with Avon Lake Municipal Utilities.
Cleveland Water replied with a notice of surcharges for stranded cost, saying they've invested nearly $40 million toward the benefit of the City of Westlake since the contract began.
In addition, the removal of Westlake from the water grid would require changes so bordering communities won't be affected.
Cleveland said they feel the only fair way to collect the nearly $59 million is directly from Westlake customers by additional charges.
The charges go into effect on Jan. 1.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough will be holding a community meeting for residents and business owners tonight at 7 p.m. at the rec center to discuss this issue.