Fayette grant: Council should accept the EPA offer

Written by David Green.

We don’t expect to see many Fayette residents jumping for joy over the news about the enormous gift that council can choose to accept from the Ohio EPA. Why not? Because that gift is going to cost residents a lot of cash.

Fayette has a lot of work yet to do to make its sewer system a modern, efficient one that operates within the confines of federal clean water standards. 

People will always complain about the EPA and there are politicians who want to abolish the agency. But citizens should be pleased with the standards aimed to protect our air and water—not march backwards 50 years so our environment resembles the degradations that people in China, for example, experience.

As it stands now, Fayette continues to send raw sewage into area streams during heavy rain events and that’s simply not acceptable.

We hope village council members will accept the Ohio EPA offer to have a full 75 percent of the project paid through a grant. That’s a remarkable proposal and one that shouldn’t be ignored.

There was a time when Morenci council members turned down a similar offer in the 1980s and that level of funding was never seen again. Residents paid the price.

The offer is here for Fayette, and although the project is going to cost residents more money, it’s so much better than taking it on without much help.

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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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