Kinsman to receive road project help

KINSMAN — While work continues daily — including weekends and holidays — to fix the section of Lakeview Drive that was washed out in July 20 flooding, township officials learned they will receive additional financial assistance for the $1.85 million project.

Township trustees on Monday said they received word from Gary Shaffer, deputy engineer with Trumbull County Engineer’s Office, that the township will receive $253,647 from Ohio Public Works Commission to cover the local match for the Lakeview Drive project.

The project had already secured $1 million from the Ohio Department of Transportation and once Gov. Mike DeWine signed the emergency declaration, the project obtained $800,000 from the Department of Public Safety.

Add in flooding damage elsewhere in Kinsman, along with Green and Gustavus, and the the overall cost runs closer to $4 million, county Engineer Randy Smith said.

“Essentially, at end of day, although there will be some money out of pocket, both Trumbull County and Kinsman will not have any local funds invested in the restoration,” Smith said.

Trustee Linda Miller said four cement trucks were pouring concrete for the headwall of the dam Monday at the site and work is being done on five sections of culverts in the area. She said the culverts are not in the area where the dam breached but in another area to help divert and water and prevent flooding.

The project when completed will restore driving access to the Lakelands development on the other side of the dam, where there are 30 homes. The road will allow residents to be back in their homes and give emergency vehicles such as firetrucks and ambulances full access.

Trustees have said the Lakelands homes affected by the flooding received a few inches of water and are habitable once the debris is cleared.

Resident Jim Stevens said he is concerned if the area would flood again with heavy rainfall, but trustees said the area where the roadway and dam broke will be filled in with dirt and a new course for water will be directed through the culverts.

Miller said the county engineer’s office has told officials the project is set to be completed by late October.

“The project is on schedule,” Trustee Fred Stahl said.

Trustees also submitted paperwork to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for any assistance and help that the township can receive for the residents.

A meeting for residents who live on the Lakelands area is planned for either Sept. 19 or 26 to provide updates.

Several fundraising events are planned to help residents whose homes were flooded.

Resident Karen Ellwood said a benefit run for motorcycles and cars is set for Sept. 21 at the fire hall with money raised to be placed in Kinsman Relief Fund.