Fayette council 7.16

Written by David Green.

If the Fulton County Commissioners are successful in obtaining funds for a new sewer line from the Riviera Mobile Court, sewage from the 15 units will flow into Fayette’s municipal system for treatment.

Village council members voted 4-2 Thursday to allow the mobile home court to connect with the village system. Craig Rower and Jerry Gonzales voted against the measure.

Commissioners were unsuccessful in obtaining funding for the project last year, but they’ll make another attempt in the current funding cycle.

If successful, a pump house and 2,000-foot forced main will be built to comply with an Ohio EPA directive to either upgrade the system at the court or connect with the village system.

The court is owned by Clemenson Investments, but the county would own the sewer line because federal CDBG funding can only be used for public projects.

This is where Rower and Gonzales lost favor with the project.

“I’m really disturbed that the government uses tax money on private projects and calls it a benefit for all,” Gonzales said.

He added that $100,000 would be used for 15 trailers and not for the benefit of the community at large. Fayette also seeks CDBG funding to assist with its sewer separation project.

Gonzales was told by a commissioner that the funds were earmarked for a low-come project and that Riviera was one of two areas where the money could be used.

In the past, council members have expressed concern about capacity issues with the village treatment system, especially with the elementary school joining the system at the new building. Fulton County engineer Ziad Mussallam has assured the village that sufficient capacity exists.

OFFICER—Council members approved the addition of non-paid police auxiliary patrolman Joe Amos. The Wauseon resident is still attending police academy.

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