COLUMBIANA COUNTY Officials await word on funds for sewer extension project

Federal aid is available for qualified homeowners.
LISBON -- Columbiana County commissioners are waiting to see whether a trip to Columbus last week will net more funding for extending sewer lines to the Winona area.
During their meeting Wednesday, commissioners said they feel the sessions with representatives of several state and federal entities went well.
Commissioners met with the officials to ask for funding help for a nearly $1.5 million sewer-line extension project.
The county already has obtained about $1 million in federal loans and grants for the project .
They say they hope to get about $500,000 more, ideally in grants.
Paying back funds: Government loans must be paid back through assessments and sewer rates billed to those who will benefit, commissioners have said.
How much rates and assessments will be is undetermined.
About 100 homes and businesses in the Winona area in Butler Township need the new line to replace failing septic systems that pose a pollution risk.
Plans call for extending a sewer line from a county-owned sewage treatment plant on state Route 172 near Guilford Lake about two miles north to Winona.
The project is slated to start in the next year.
Housing program: More than 20 homeowners and prospective homeowners in Columbiana County are expected to benefit from a home improvement and home-buyers program.
About $500,000 in federal funds will be available to make emergency home repairs, pay for home rehabilitation and to help make the down payment to buy a home, county development Director Mark Gardner explained to commissioners.
The program is aimed at people with low-to-moderate incomes, Gardner said.
Those who qualify may receive about $4,000 for emergency home repairs; up to $7,000 for a down payment on a home; and up to $25,000 for housing rehabilitation.
Anyone wishing to participate in the effort, which will start this fall, may call the county development department at (330) 424-9078.

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