Now residents are complaining that raw sewage collects in puddles in their yard or backs up into their homes. The odor is nauseating. There’s enough organic material there for viruses to survive, and residents worry about bacterial infections carried by the hordes of flies and mosquitoes. They want the City of
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Mayor Long says the city will spend its money on “economic development” and run lines somewhere else and hope to get some money in return. More development on I-540; that’s the ticket. Lowell officials must think that companies will surely rush to build in a "business friendly" community that ignores raw sewage and encourages growth, especially if it can make residents pay higher rates to subsidize the cost of water and sewer for industrial customers like Fayetteville does.
Apparently no one has considered requiring the developer to fix the problems, and Richard Massey’s article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette doesn’t even mention the name of the developer who built the homes on a field of clay or those who approved the project. It is politically unwise to question unbridled growth or to ask developers to pay for the costs of sprawl.