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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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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    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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