Engineering approved for final bike trail link

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners Wednesday awarded the proposal to an Akron firm for engineering services for the final phase of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail.

According to Zachary Svette, operations director for the Trumbull MetroParks, the fourth phase will be about four miles in length and link the cities of Warren (at Burton Street SE) and Niles (Church Street near downtown), completing about 70 miles of bike trail, traversing four counties.

Eventually, the entire Greenway bike trail is planned to link Lake Erie in Ashtabula County with the Ohio River at East Liverpool in Columbiana County.

Commissioners approved paying $531,914 for engineering of the Phase 4 Trumbull County trail link to Glaus Pyle Schomer Burners & Dehavin Inc. – also known as GPD Group – of Akron. Svette said 80 percent of the cost will be paid by a federal grant, with 20 percent local matching funds provided through a grant from the state of Ohio.

Svette said the final link of the trail won’t be ready until late 2020 or perhaps early 2021 because of engineering and environmental issues and the securing of right-of-ways.

In other action Wednesday, the board:

l Approved the hiring of Leesa M. Carr as personnel manager with the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Carr, who will begin today, will be paid $16 per hour with full county benefits;

l Accepted the immediate resignation of Lori Witt as a member of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Witt was first appointed Aug. 13, 2014;

l Approved reappointment of Marna Drum of Ashtabula County as a member of the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program’s (NEOCAP) governing board. Drum received a new three-year term, which will end Nov. 9, 2019. She was first appointed in November 2010;

l Approved a grant of $5,442.50 to 100 West Liberty LLC of Girard for a roof replacement project. The grant is part of the Girard Community Development Block Grant Downtown Revitalization Program; and

l Authorized the Engineer’s Office to purchase a 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickup truck in the amount of $28,732.50 from M4 Motors of Beachwood. The Engineer’s Office participated in the state purchasing program with no general revenue funds needed for the purchase.

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