Grants awarded for Liberty, Howland

WARREN — New catch basins and other storm water drainage and road improvements in neighborhoods in Liberty and Howland will be primarily funded with grants and are expected to alleviate years of complaints from residents there, township and county officials said.

Approximately $284,000 of the $316,000 project in the Green Acres area in Liberty will be funded with grant money from the state’s Critical Infrastructure Grant program. In the Morgandale neighborhood in Howland, approximately $460,000 of the $518,000 project comes from the same funds.

In Howland, 14 catch basins will be installed on Elmwood, Beechwood, Basswood, Thormwood and Ashwood avenues, along with a school bus turnaround. There will be 4,700 feet of storm drainage improvements and 7,100 feet of roadway reconstruction, according to the grant application,

In Liberty — on part of Trumbull Avenue, Green Acres and Northgate Drive — 19 catch basins will be installed, as will 1,486 feet of storm sewer conduit. The roads also will receive pavement improvements.

Darlene St. George, Howland Township administrator, thanked Julie Green, Trumbull County grants manager, for obtaining the “much-needed” grant.

St. George said the project will correct storm and wastewater flooding issues that have plagued the area for a long time. The residents will be “ecstatic,” St. George said.

Greg Cizmar, Liberty trustee, said there have been complaints in the Liberty neighborhood for years about pooling water degrading the quality of the roads.

“I can’t tell you how grateful the people there will be,” said Liberty trustee Arnie Clebone.

There are so many road improvements necessary in the township, Clebone said, noting he is thankful to Green and county assistance to cross one of the areas of concern “off the list.”