Input on Champion-Bristol waterline being sought

BRISTOL — Township residents who live near the center and streets along state Route 45 are being asked to fill out a questionnaire by the end of the month if they are interested in having public water brought to their properties.

More than 80 residents attended an informational meeting Thursday at the township hall hosted by the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office explaining what would be involved and costs for a waterline extension project from the water tank in Champion near Bristol-Townline Road north along Route 45 to the center.

Residents now have wells and cisterns for water.

Trustee Ramon French said trustees have talked for several years on possibly getting water to the township.

”There has been interest for public water in this area,” French said.

Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Randy Smith said another project, ”Blueprint to Prosperity,” will have waterlines extended from Braceville to Southington, Farmington and West Farmington.

He said if Bristol residents are interested in a waterline project, the lines could either be extended from Champion or possibly tied into the lines from Farmington.

Gary Newbrough, deputy sanitary engineer, said the estimated $3.5 million project also could extend north of Bristol center to Hyde-Oakfield Road, Mahan-Denman Road and parts of state Route 88 near the center.

He said the project would involve 36,000 feet of pipe, fire hydrants and service connections to the public. Officials said they will seek grant funding, including $750,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission and $250,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Newbrough said they would seek a zero interest, 30-year loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Supply Revolving Loan Account.

He said curb boxes in front of homes that will run lines from the street to the home would be $1,800 per structure with grants to help reduce each home’s service connection cost to $1,000. Water meters will be placed inside homes or those homes very far from the road would have meter pits. He said average water users would pay $45 per month and be part of the Bazetta-Champion water district with Bristol residents having the same water rates.

”The number of responses we get in favor of the project from the questionnaires will determine if the project proceeds,” Newbrough said.

Smith said residents who are satisfied with well water would not be required to tie in if the project proceeds. If the project has enough interest, additional public meetings would be held. Newbrough said if approved, the project would begin in fall 2019 after the grants are secured.

Resident Jim Cicchillo of Nelson Lane off Route 45 said he is interested in the project, noting he uses well water for his greenhouse business, which he would continue using, with the waterline to bring water to his home.

Bristol Schools Superintendent Christopher Dray said the schools, located near the center, also could benefit from public water. Smith said the EPA likes to see schools tied into a public water system.

Newbrough said of 533 mailed questionnaires, 119 have been returned with 44 wanting waterline connection.

”The key is to see if there is interest in this project,” Smith said.