Regarding Erie County's plan to extend sewer lines to the Turnpike on U.S. 250:.
Erie County has asked that the Ohio EPA label the area of U.S. 250, Mason Road and Hoover Road as "a public health nuisance" requiring immediate construction of sewers. They do this to avoid due process for the landowners.
The story states the package plants in the area have accumulated a number of discharge permit violations. Presently, there are seven discharge permits flowing into Mud Brook. Erie County owns the package plant that serves the Outlet Mall. All but two of the package plants have been operated responsibly since the area started to be developed in the early 1980s. Those that have been observed operating recklessly have always been "protected" by the Ohio EPA.
Hoover Road is included in Erie County's "public nuisance" area, where the Erie County Landfill occupies a majority of the property. Presently, Erie County must haul more than 1 million gallons of leachate from the landfill for treatment.The "public nuisance" promulgated by the Erie County Landfill will not be averted by the installation of a sewer line.
It seems ludicrous that those of us living on Mason Road will be saddled with the costs to tie-in to a sewer line to support landfill operations and (maybe) provide the impetus for economic growth. All the other "nuisances" occupy areas that could be served from the sewer line on U.S. 250.
So, before Erie County and their lapdogs at the Ohio EPA begin their grandiose plans for this project, they need to let the people of Erie County know the whole truth and provide better insight to those of us living and breathing in Avery.
Mark F. Bohne