Health officials send septic-pump reminders

Health officials sendseptic-pump reminders
NORTH LIMA -- Mahoning County Board of Health is mailing septic system pumping reminders to about 961 households in Beaver Township. There is no law that requires homeowners to get their septic tanks pumped, but regular service can potentially save thousands of dollars in repair costs, said Matthew Stefanak, county health commissioner.
Septic tanks should be pumped at varying intervals, depending on household size and water usage. A one-person household with a 1,000-gallon septic tank only needs to have the tank pumped every 12 years.
If four people live in the same household, the septic tank should be pumped every three years, Stefanak said. Homeowners will receive pumping interval recommendations and a list of licensed pumpers with their reminder letter.
Pumpers notify the board of health when they pump a septic tank, and the board uses the information to keep track of when a septic system was last pumped.
Child-safety seat check
YOUNGSTOWN -- There will be a free check of child-safety seats Thursday at Rural Metro Ambulance, 3121 Market St. The inspection will be offered by reservation only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The check is sponsored by the Mahoning Valley SAFE KIDS Coalition, Youngstown Buick Pontiac GMC Truck and Rural Metro Ambulance.
Technicians will check each seat for proper installation and teach parents how to install safety seats correctly. For an appointment, call (330) 884-4031.
Luau at Girard library
GIRARD -- Greater Girard Area Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Girard Free Library are sponsoring a Hawaiian luau mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the library.
Reservations should be made by Friday by calling RoseAnn Lubert at (330) 545-2508, Ext. 10, or Colleen Keller at the same number, Ext. 22.
Mosquito spraying
LIBERTY -- Alexander's Pest Control will spray for mosquitoes two nights between Tuesday and Friday, from dusk to about 2 a.m.
Residents are encouraged to close windows and keep pets and food inside.
Ambulance certified
NORTH LIMA -- Beaver Township's rescue squad's new ambulance has been certified by the Ohio Ambulance Licensing Bureau. The squad also has received a state grant of $11,585 for training and equipment.

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