Fayette council faces big decision over sewer plan 9.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members face a big decision Sept. 27, a decision that could determine how the village approaches the next 20 years of working with the Ohio EPA regarding sewer issues.

“This is the most important decision you’ll make in a long time,” village administrator Tom Spiess told councilors at last Thursday’s meeting.

At the next meeting, council must decide on a plan to submit to the Ohio EPA to begin negotiations. This would cover the scope of the project and the sequence of work.

The Ohio EPA has given the village 20 years to reduce overflows to four a year. Overflows occur when precipitation causes the combined septic/storm water system to spill into a tributary of Deer Creek.

The system is designed to overflow after heavy rain events, Spiess said, but separating the storm water from the septic waste will reduce the number of spills.

A preferred plan needs to be distilled down to a document ready for submission to the Ohio EPA and a public hearing will be scheduled in November.

The project shouldn’t be a shock to people if they’ve read the newspapers, Spiess said, and if council members have discussed the issue with residents.

Options could include continuing the effort to separate storm water from septic waste (sewer separation) one small segment at a time or jumping into larger projects.

The village must negotiate with the Ohio EPA about an acceptable plan, Spiess noted, adding that the agency might not approve council’s preferred plan.

The decision facing council isn’t about cost, he said, because that should remain similar with any approach—an estimated $4.2 million. Instead, council has to decide how it wants to get the job done.

 

  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017