I read with interest Mr. James A Jones Jr.'s article in the June 22 Herald ("Extension of sewer to heart of Parrish awaits subdivisions") about the proposed sewer line down the old Indian trail (121st Avenue East). You mentioned a couple of things I did not understand. I have lived here all of my life and now live in a house built by my grandfather, who was married to Mary Parrish, one of the original settlers to the area.
1. You said that there was a gas line and this prevented the sewer line from being installed there. I worked for the county for 10 years and supervised many sewer lines being buried along gas lines, which have to be removed by the owner when required for county facilities, at their own expense. Reasonable since either the state or county owns all right-of-ways and allow private utilities to use them.
2. Why would the addition of commercial establishments make the "community a more inviting community?" I do not understand why restaurants are so special and why would anyone want to make their homes more inviting for strangers and people with way too much time on their hands. If they want to open a restaurant, OK, but why incumber government resources to subsidize the effort. And to predict the death of Parrish, at this time, is complete ludicrousness.
I believe the real reason there has been a change in the location is money. No money in the state budget for installation with the state facilities, so the current village residents suddenly require a central sewer in order "to improve their miserable lives."
The fact that village residents will pay for the sewer and that the developers will reap the benefit is only a happy coincidence, not deserving of further scrutiny. LOL.
I do not know of a single resident of the village who wants sewer and why in the world would he/she would want one, if there is one. Maybe you could find her/him?
Also, why not wait for the new "historically-black-quarters bypass" to be built and bury it there.
Parrish is located on a ridge in well drained soil. My septic tank has to be pumped every five or six years at a couple of hundred dollars. And I never worry about waking up to a house full of sewage.