Bristol residents favor waterline extension

BRISTOL — Township trustees said they have received favorable news from the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office that residents south and east of the township center are interested in having public water brought from Champion.

Trustee Ramon French said at Tueday’s meeting he spoke with Deputy Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough that of 542 questionnaires sent out, more than 200 were returned, with 82 people stating they would connect within 90 days of a waterline extended from Champion and 93 people would have curb boxes installed.

“There was good response from residents south and east of the center,” he said.

French said trustees were surprised that only eight people north of the center responded to the questionnaire about water.

An informational meeting was held in early January seeking input from residents if they wanted to get a waterline extended from the water tower in Champion near Bristol-Champion Townline Road along state Route 45 north to Bristol Center at state Route 88. More than 80 people attended that meeting.

“Right now we are plotting the locations on a map where people who want water live. This will show us where we would have the greatest number of customers to extend the lines,” Newbrough said.

French said there have been additional calls from residents on other streets wanting water. He said the sanitary engineer’s office is planning to send out additional questionnaires to residents in the areas west of the center, including areas on Route 88 west of the fire department and also to residents of Hyde-Shafer, Housel-Craft and Corey Hunt roads.

“We would like water to the new fire station,” French said.

Trustees said the more people who sign up, the less the cost will be to residents, which will be a key to the project.

Newbrough said curb boxes are $1,800 per property, but with enough people interested the cost would be $1,000. He said the small curb boxes are mostly underground at the front of a property and can be opened by a crew member with a valve inside that can shut off the water in case of an emergency.

Residents now have wells and cisterns for water.

Newbrough 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 also would seek a no-interest, 30-year loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Supply Revolving Loan Account.

Water meters will be placed inside homes, and homes very far from the road would have meter pits. Newbrough 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.

If approved, the project would begin in fall 2019 after the grants are secured.