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.