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Pickaway Co. Residents Fighting Sludge Lagoon Construction
COMMERCIAL POINT, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- Residents of a Pickaway County town are speaking out against an approved plan to construct a sludge pond on land owned by a township trustee.
The sludge lagoon would hold a byproduct of raw sewage from a Franklin County treatment plant, and would be located in a field just outside the Commercial Point Village limits.
Plans for the three acre lagoon have proved to be unpopular among many Commercial Point residents, who were not provided with a public hearing before the proposal was approved by the Ohio EPA in late September.
"We're one of the people who just built here, not even a year ago. and we had no idea," Josh Caudill said. "This was something that, if we knew it was coming, we would have decided on a different area."
The controversy surrounding the lagoon is amplified by the identity of the owner of the property on which it is expected to be located: Township Trustee Mike Struckman.
The process by which the lagoon was approved by trustees has sparked concern among some Commercial Point officials, including Village Solicitor Michael Hess, who has filed an appeal of the project's approval with the EPA.
Commercial Point residents are planning a community meeting for Monday night at a local school, during which the proposed sludge lagoon will be the only topic of discussion.
"I don't know what we would do," resident Lori Painter said of the lagoon's possible construction. "It's like living on the dump."