The project will take 20 years to complete.
& lt;a href=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org & gt;By NORMAN LEIGH & lt;/a & gt;
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
LISBON -- Columbiana County officials are seeking an engineering firm to design part of a nearly $35 million sewer installation project.
County commissioners agreed Wednesday to authorize the county engineer's office to advertise for bids from companies interested in the design work.
Roy Dray, assistant county sanitary engineer, said he was uncertain how much the engineering will cost.
The firm will be hired sometime in the next several months to design the first two phases of a four-phase project, which will affect 200 to 400 homes and businesses.
Goal of project
The undertaking's aim is to provide a sewer system for an area just north of East Liverpool that largely encompasses the Glenmoor neighborhood in St. Clair Township and the Lacroft neighborhood in Liverpool Township.
In December 1998, the county was ordered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to correct a situation in those areas in which failing septic systems were causing pollution.
Since then the county has developed a plan to remedy the problem and has had it approved by the OEPA.
The project is being spread out over about 20 years and its expense, including engineering fees, will be paid for with a combination of grants, assessments and user fees, Dray said.
The first two phases of the project, expected to be completed in about four years, will primarily affect businesses.
The job will entail installing sewer lines near the intersection of state Route 170 and state Route 11 in St. Clair Township and installing lines in Glenmoor near the intersection of Y & amp;O Road and state Route 267. The lines will tie into the East Liverpool municipal sewer plant.
Phase Three of the project will be undertaken about 10 years from now, Dray said. It will involve installing sewer lines in the largely residential areas of Glenmoor.
Phase Four is set to occur in about 20 years and will call for installing sewer lines in the Lacroft area, which also is primarily residential.
The project is being spread out over two decades because it is so costly, Dray explained.
Also on agenda
In other business, commissioners appointed Charles Presley to the county port authority board.
Presley is the owner of a Salem-based group-travel business called Group Leaders of America Inc.
He is replacing Richard Carter, whose term expired in December. Carter did not seek reappointment because he is ill, Commissioner Jim Hoppel explained.
Members of the five-person port authority are paid $560 per month. They also have access to a family hospitalization plan that costs the port authority about $500 monthly to provide.