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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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