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Grants awarded for work in Howland, Mesopotamia

WARREN — The Trumbull County Planning Commission has secured two grants totaling almost $1 million to benefit residents of low-income neighborhoods in Howland and Mesopotamia townships.

In Howland, $500,000 from the state will be coupled with $50,372 from Howland to complete a flood and drainage improvement project in the township’s Bolindale neighborhood.

“We are always happy to get grants that help improve Howland Township,” said Trustee James LaPolla, who added the area around Hilda and Orchard avenues has always had major flooding issues.

“The flooding in that area has been really bad for a long time,” LaPolla said.

Howland Administrator Darlene St. George said the township had applied for the grant once before, but did not receive it. With the help of Julie Green, director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission, the township was able to secure the grant.

“We are very grateful for Julie’s help. The residents in that area of the township have had to deal with stormwater flooding. This project will help fix that,” St. George said.

The second award is for the Parkman Mesopotamia Road Reconstruction Project in Mesopotamia.

Trumbull County is receiving $435,861 from the state with $15,000 committed by the Trumbull County Engineer’s office for in-kind services. The balance of $48,429 will be provided from the same office in the form of local matching funds.

The applications were developed in collaboration with Howland, Mesopotamia and the engineer’s office.

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