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Yancey School Septic Issues
A Yancey County school has a messy and expensive problem. Micaville Elementary School began having septic tank problems about a month ago. Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton says the system was damaged when county workers were putting in a new line. The 77-year-old school does not have a grease trap, therefore, Tipton says all grease goes into the septic tank. Since no local company can dispose of both sewage and grease, Tipton says the district had to hire Charlotte based Stanley Environmental to clean out the tank twice a week at $2,000 per cleanup.
Plans are in the works to connect the school to the county sewage system. However, Yancey County manager Nathan Bennett says the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants complete an environmental impact study before that can happen. Scott Jones of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the U.S. Fish & Wildlife is now on furlough as part of the government shutdown. This leaves the Micaville cleanup bill on the rise with money Dr. Tipton says the school district will have to pay by pushing back some planned school improvement projects.
By Karen Wynne
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