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$250K federal grant to help with sewers in Liberty

LIBERTY — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $250,000 grant to the Trumbull County commissioners for sanitary sewer service in the Belmont Park area of the township.

The money complements state and local funds for the almost $3.5 million project, which will provide a sewerline serving 107 households and 18 businesses. Sewer service will also be provided to a newly built elderly care facility that will provide employment to approximately 150.

“This project will create jobs, increase quality of life for residents, and increase property values,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland. “This is a great example of a well-thought out public-private partnership that will benefit homeowners, seniors, and businesses in the area.”

In 2007, Ryan helped spearhead legislation that added Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties to the Appalachian Regional Commission — making funding for this project and others possible.

“This project will service a low- to moderate-income neighborhood in an Ohio EPA consent decree area that includes more than 120 residences and businesses including the new $30 million Shepherd of the Valley Elderly Care facility on Tibbetts Wick Road,” county commissioners said in a statement. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Congressman Ryan’s office to secure the ARC grant funds that will be used to make this project a reality.”

Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith, along with the commissioners, hope to seek construction bids for this project early next season so it can be completed by midsummer 2020.

“We are pleased to be a partner with this project that will increase economic development in bringing approximately 128 new jobs to our Appalachian District and assist with the improvement of public infrastructure in Liberty Township,” said Kathy Zook, Eastgate Council of Governments ARC program manager.

Once the sanitary sewer project and the Shepherd of the Valley facility are completed, Tibbetts Wick Road, between state Route 11 and state Route 193, will be widened and paved.

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