Grant funds engineer intern

Wean Foundation supplies $5,000

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday signed off on a Youngstown State University internship program that will benefit the county engineer’s office this summer.

The non-profit leadership summer honors internship at YSU is being funded this year by the Raymond John Wean Foundation, which provided a $5,000 grant to help pay for the engineer’s intern, who will be working from about May 15 to Aug. 4.

The agreement calls for the student intern to work a minimum of 480 hours and be paid about $12 per hour.

Deputy Trumbull County Engineer Gary Shaffer said he received eight resumes from YSU engineering professors and narrowed the list down to four to interview with assistance from other engineer’s office staff.

Shaffer said the office employed an intern through a YSU program in 2013 and it turned out pretty well.

“Back then, we received a stipend through YSU, which amounted to $10 per hour,” Shaffer said.

In 2013, the engineer’s office hired intern Eric Hippley, who Shaffer said turned out to be an excellent worker and contributed greatly to the summer work program.

“Eric played a major role in the construction of the Fowler No. 10 bridge that summer,” Shaffer said. “We look forward to this year’s intern providing the same high level of contributions to our engineering department.”

Although a finalist has been selected for the program, Shaffer said the process has not been completed, so the identity of the intern has not yet been made public.

According to the YSU website, all students participating in the honors internship program have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, are of at least senior standing, and have a declared major. The Wean-funded program has suppled interns in the past to such other Trumbull County entities as Area Goodwill Industries in Liberty and the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. Interns also will receive one hour of college credit.

In other engineer-related items on the commissioners’ meeting agenda Wednesday, the board awarded the lowest and best bid to Karvo Companies Inc. of Stow for the $239,429 improvement project of Braceville Robinson Road. The Braceville project will be entirely funded by a grant received through the Ohio Department of Transportation. Other bids were submitted by Chagrin Valley Paving Inc. of Chagrin Falls ($245,985), Shelly and Sands Inc. of Akron ($249,418), Americon Industrial Services LLC of Youngstown ($259,684), the Shelly Co. of Twinsburg ($267,564) and Barbicas Construction Co. of Akron ($271,214).

Also, commissioners approved finalizing the project replacing County Line Turnpike Road in Southington. This road work will be partially funded by a federal grant and $10,000 in local matching funds.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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