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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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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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