TRUMBULL COUNTY Panel to consider outdoor lab sites

Two sites are being offered for the hands-on program.
WARREN -- A committee looking at sites for the county's next outdoor environmental education lab will meet Wednesday to weigh options.
The 7:30 a.m. advisory committee meeting will be at Trumbull County Educational Service Center. It's not open to the public.
Howland Township Administrator John Emanuel is scheduled to make a presentation, offering a 200- to 300-acre tract of undeveloped wetlands between Howland Township Park and the township road department garage on North River Road.
Cortland will also be represented to offer a site.
The city is hoping to obtain a lease for 140 acres of land controlled by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, on Mosquito Lake.
Plans for a municipal park are in the works, and officials say there would be ample room to accommodate the lab, run by TCESC.
Carlotta Raymond Sheets, TCESC spokeswoman, said the committee will take the presentations into consideration before making a decision.
Targeted time: "We are hoping that the committee will be able to make a recommendation to our governing board in time for action at the February board meeting," she said. "However, this timeline is very tentative."
It's possible the committee might need more time after hearing the presentations to choose a site, she said.
A report prepared by Trumbull County Planning Commission favors the Cortland site.
The current 40-acre lab on Bailey-Ellsworth Road in Lordstown is called TAMPEEL, or Trumbull Area Multi-Purpose Environmental Education Laboratory.
The site, owned by Lordstown schools and run by volunteers, has served elementary pupils since 1973 and closed in August because of concerns over contamination.
The service center governing board agreed in May to seek a new location for the hands-on environmental program, based on ground tests that reveal small amounts of heavy metals in the area near the parking lot.
TCESC has said it needs at least 50 acres to accommodate programs, trails, a nature center and parking and picnic areas.

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