Several septic systems in the township are failing, officials say.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- Township officials say they hope to have final cost estimates by the end of October for a project that would provide sanitary sewer service to a rapidly growing area.
The projects call for sanitary sewers to be installed north of Shields Road between Interstate 76 and state Route 11. State Route 46 runs through the middle of the project area.
Township Trustee Bill Reese said that developers have bought most of the available land along state Route 46 in the township and that he expects as many as 350 to 450 homes to be built in the area in the next several years.
Canfield Township is expected to be the top community in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for single-family housing construction this year.
Between 80 and 100 residents attended a meeting about the sewer project Wednesday night, and about 80 percent of those residents supported it, said Reese and Mahoning County Sanitary Engineer Joe Warino.
Both said they expected to have additional public meetings on the project once the cost estimates are completed. Warino said his office and the township also may conduct a survey by mail to determine if residents would support a sewer project.
Three areas of concern
The project discussed Wednesday night is different from the sewer proposal presented at a meeting at the Messerly Road fire station in May. Warino said there are three sections of the township that most likely will need sanitary sewers in the near future: the area discussed Wednesday, the area around Tippecanoe Road and U.S. Route 62 that was discussed at the May meeting, and the Cayman Bluff area off North Palmyra Road.
Both Warino and Reese noted that several septic systems in those areas are old and failing, and that county, state and federal environmental and health agencies could order the township to install sewers in the future because of septic system pollution.
Warino said his office would like trustees to determine where sewers should be installed first. Township officials most likely would apply for a state Issue 2 grant to help pay for the projects.
Homeowners would have to pay for some of the work through assessments. Warino also noted that his office wants to work with developers in an effort to reduce the cost to homeowners.