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Fowl farm to get water

WARREN — An extension of the Blueprint to Prosperity Waterline Initiative Project will bring water to the Allen Way Chicken Farm in Southington, which will use an estimated 5,600 gallons per day.

That’s equivalent to the amount of water used by 43 to 48 households, Trumbull County officials said Tuesday during a county workshop meeting.

County commissioners Wednesday approved a $67,570 professional engineering agreement with Burgess and Niple Inc. for the project. The contract will cover $16,000 for design engineering, preparation of bid documents, assistance during the bid process, construction administration and inspection, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency fees, among other things.

Gary Newbrough, head of the county’s sanitary engineering department, said the company handled the engineering design for other parts of the Blueprint project and is familiar with the area and connections.

It’s the latest connection to the Blueprint project. As long as the project costs less than $325,000, and it is expected to cost about $300,000, the project will benefit all of the county’s customers in the project — at least 225 customers — by lowering the overall debt that is being paid off by the other customers through capital fees.

Commissioner Frank Fuda said the more customers in a project, then the lower the cost for everyone.

Though the project is not being amended into the original project, funds for the Blueprint project and the groundwork laid in the original project will make it possible, Newbrough said.

The project will extend the water main on Helsey Fusselman Road to the farm with 2,600 feet of waterline, Newbrough said. At least two other homes on the route are interested in tying in, too, Newbrough said.

So with just three connections, the project will generate the equivalent of about 50 residential customers, Newbrough and Fuda said.

An agreement between the operation and the county is being reviewed by attorneys and will call for a prorated payment of the cost of the waterline if operations end.

The project also will help plan for future extensions into that part of the county, Newbrough said.

Shirley McIntosh, West Farmington’s mayor, asked questions about the extension to ensure it wouldn’t raise the cost for customers in the village. It will not, Newbrough said, and should ease the overall burden on all of the customers. The same rate will apply to all, he said. She asked to be kept informed of future extensions.

Niki Frenchko, the newest county commissioner, said plans are in the works to create policies that will ensure all future water and sanitary projects are discussed in an open meeting before they are voted on and implemented.

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