To the editor:
I would like to reply to the (Daily Mining Gazette) article by Kurt Hauglie (regarding) Osceola Twp and U.P. Engineers on the proposed Mason sewage drainage system.
In the 1960s and 70s we lived in Mason location on M-26. I wrote a letter to the editor concerning the sewage problems in Mason location and what I felt should be done to correct this problem. After more than 30 years, it is the same today as it was then and (there have been) no actions by the county or Osceola to improve the situation there.
In my letter, I suggested the county, Osceola and others look into a sewer system from Hubbell, Tamarack, Dollar Bay and Ripley and all the houses and businesses along M-26 to join together and install a sewer line that would connect into the Houghton County Sewage Disposal System that was located near the bridge in Hancock at that time and now located on the sands near Houghton.
I would like to suggest again that they not install a drain
field system for Mason only but look at the full picture and include all the towns, etc. along M-26 in a complete sewer system that will be good for all for many years and not put the waste again onto or into the sands at Mason. For many years, the sewage residue from the treatment plant was trucked and dumped on the Mason sands.
I believe if the county, Osceola Township, Dollar Bay, Mason-Tamarack, Hubbell etc. join together, it would be a lot easier to get a larger grant to fund this effort to improve the waste management in these areas.
A drain field system for Mason doesn't seem to be a permanent solution to the problems of the whole area. How would that drainage system affect development on the shores and sands at Mason and Hubbell, etc.? Why not get all of these areas and boards to meet and see if there isn't a better solution for all the areas? What is our county board doing to look at this poor health issue? It would also help for future development along M-26 and in the areas.