TRUMBULL COUNTY Sewer plan for Liberty gets OK

The sanitary sewer project in Liberty Township will take up to a year to design.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have given the go-ahead to design sanitary sewers for the Shannon Road area of Liberty Township.
Both Girard and Liberty officials have been seeking sewer improvements because sewage seeping from malfunctioning home septic systems in the township have polluted a pond in Tod Park in the city. And the sewage runs through creeks in some of Girard's neighborhoods.
Commissioner Joseph J. Angelo Jr. told Thomas Holloway to begin the design work to extend Girard sewer lines to service Shannon Road. Commissioners Michael J. O'Brien and Thomas G. Tsagaris agreed.
"I'm very satisfied," Girard Mayor James Melfi said, noting he needed something from the commissioners to "hold off" residents who want to be assured a solution is being worked out.
Holloway explained it will take nine months to a year to complete the design.
Now the question is how the $3.2 million project will be funded.
Holloway pointed out it took two to three years to line up funding of sanitary sewers in McKinley Heights and four years for the Hilltop section of Weathersfield Township.
Funding sources: Holloway suggested that Girard look at a possible grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources because of the park pollution.
Darlene St. George, Liberty Township administrator, said the township is in the process of doing an income-level survey of the area to determine if the project qualifies for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.
Alan Knapp, grants coordinator for the county planning commission, explained that census information indicates the area meets low- and moderate-income levels for HUD eligibility.
Officials attending the meeting agreed that sanitary sewers is a long-range solution rather than upgrading the septic systems.
St. George pointed out that residents would have to spend upwards of $10,000 to upgrade their septic systems. That doesn't include additional money to meet added regulations that are being considered.
Besides, Loretta Ecklund, director of environmental health for the county health department, said Girard Municipal Court has ruled that property owners aren't required to improve their home systems.

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