Fayette council 4.2

Written by David Green.

Pieces of the funding puzzle for the next phase of Fayette’s sewer project are falling into place.

The $272,000 project would include work at the sewage lagoons, upgrading a lift station and tackling some mechanical work in the system. Developing the long term control plan for sewage treatment is also part of the project.

The first part of the funding package was obtained in the past through a $98,500 loan from the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. That loan is to be paid off at the rate of $20,000 a year from the sewer enhancement fee that residents pay every quarter.

Last year, a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant was obtained through county sources. An additional $22,000 will come through a second loan administered through the Ohio EPA.

Council member Craig Rower reported at council’s regular meeting Thursday that $61,072 was secured from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding, leaving a $50,000 shortfall that will be borrowed through the OPWC at zero percent interest over 20 years.

In order to pay for the sewer work ordered by the Ohio EPA, the village has been advised by its engineering firm to increase both sewer rates and the sewer enhancement fee.

OHIO EPA—Ken Delphous reported on a response from the Ohio EPA regarding the village’s Long Term Control Plan for problems with the sewage treatment system.

Utilities engineer Bob Seigneur explained later that the agency had a half dozen minor issues, which he said isn’t unexpected for a proposal such as this one.


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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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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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    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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