Federal government grants $2.5M for 3 Valley projects

WASHINGTON -- A project in Columbiana County and two in Trumbull County received $2,485,000 in federal funding.
The Columbiana County Port Authority was awarded $1 million for additions to the Wellsville Intermodel Facility under the federal Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development bill. The funding will be used for dock work to improve the facility, said U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. of Poland, D-17th, who announced the funding.
The facility received $3 million in 1998 for work on the riverside transportation facility in Wellsville.
Dam work: In Trumbull County, the Lower Girard Lake Dam is receiving $1 million from the federal Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The project includes the rehabilitation of the concrete buttress dam and spillway as well as other modifications, repairs and maintenance, Traficant said. The dam has received $3.5 million in federal funds in the past.
Girard bought the Lower and Upper Girard Lakes and 1,000 acres surrounding them in the mid-1990s for $2.5 million from Consumers Ohio Water Co. with the long-range plan of making the lakes a water source. That plan has not come to fruition.
Also, the Belmont Avenue sanitary sewer system, near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, received $485,000 in federal funding for design and construction work, Traficant said.
The project calls for about 33,000 linear feet to be constructed north of Tibbetts-Wick Road to King Graves Road in Vienna Township.

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