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Funding for county sewer projects lining up

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners Tuesday gave permission to the sanitary engineer’s department to submit applications and execute contracts with state agencies to fund infrastructure projects.

The county is going after a $250,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant and a 0 percent interest loan of $992,475 through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the second phase of State Road sanitary sewer improvements in Champion. The project would add sanitary sewers along State Road from Nezbar Drive to Oak Hill Drive.

And for the Yankee Lake sanitary sewer improvement project, the sanitary engineer’s office is seeking a $500,000 grant through OPWC, $1.5 million in state operating budget funds and a 0 percent interest $436,300 loan through the Ohio EPA. The project is expected to bring sanitary sewer services to 54 homes in Yankee Lake, the Yankee Lake Ballroom and homes in Brookfield on Yankee Creek Road.

The new county sanitary sewer customers are expected to pay a capital charge in addition to monthly bills, as will new water customers that sign on to the second phase of a waterline expansion project in Braceville.

The $15 million Blueprint to Prosperity water project brought county water to parts of Braceville, Southington, Farmington and West Farmington, barely missing some homes on state Routes 82 and 534. Those homes live with water laden with sediments and minerals from wells, forcing homeowners to carry water in for drinking and cooking.

Although the initial project wrapped up earlier this year, the second phase will bring lines to the Routes 82 and 534 houses left out of the original project.

An Ohio EPA loan of $545,500 and an OPWC loan of $1.1 million, both 0 percent interest, are being sought.

The county commissioners Tuesday also issued a certificate of substantial completion for the fifth phase of the Little Squaw Creek sanitary sewer project in Vienna. Brookfield Kirila Contractors Inc. worked on the $1.8 million project.

Commissioners also approved applications to the Ohio Development Services Agency for Community Development Block Grant critical infrastructure money, used for low-to-moderate income areas.

The county is seeking $500,000 for the Bolindale Hilda Drive SE and Draper Street SE storm drainage infrastructure upgrades, to which Howland is contributing $50,000. And the county is seeking $435,861 for the reconstruction of Mesopotamia-Parkman Road in Mesopotamia. The engineer’s office is contributing $15,000 in in-kind engineering services and $48,400 in funds.

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