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Falls to keep sewer project flowing

NEWTON FALLS — Village council approved entering into an agreement with Newton Township trustees for the next phase of the Scott Street sanitary sewer project.

At a special meeting Wednesday, council approved the joint venture with the township, where Scott Street is located.

City Manager Pam Priddy said trustees have agreed to pay the $31,000 in engineering costs and the $15,000 for the permits and fees for the project. She said the village is applying for a forgiveness loan through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency toward the $3.2 million project.

The village already has acquired an $875,000 grant from the EPA and will seek $2.2 million in a forgiveness loan.

She said the first phase of the project already has been completed, with the second phase being the installation of sanitary sewer lines. A third phase involves work on the final section of the road.

Second Ward Councilman John Baryak said the project has been a long time coming with efforts to get the project going as a soon as possible.

Resident Adam Zimmermann said the project has been discussed for many years and noted it will allow township residents to tie into village utilities.

In 2020, the village and Trumbull County commissioners jointly sought Ohio Public Works Commission money for the Scott Street project.

Officials have said the project was required to stop raw sewage from Scott Street homes from going into the Mahoning River.

In April, officials from Newton Falls and Newton Township met with county officials and representatives of Thomas Fok and Associates of Youngstown to discuss how to fund the effort.

On Tuesday, officials from both communities discussed having a joint police district to serve the village and township just as the joint fire district currently does.

Efforts are proceeding to have the county auditor determine the millage needed to establish a joint police district. The issue would need to be approved by the voters of both communities.

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