The county would be given a sewage treatment plant to maintain.
WARREN -- Trumbull County has sizable sanitary sewer projects on the planning table for Bazetta and Kinsman townships.
County commissioners today are expected to hire ES & amp;C International LLC of Youngstown at $326,532 for engineering services on the planned $2 million East Central Bazetta Sewer Improvements Project.
This effort is a result of a petition from 150 households on Northview Drive, Niles-Cortland Road (state Route 46), McCleary-Jacoby Road and state Route 305.
"It was a large petition," noted Gary Newbrough, county sanitary engineer.
The commissioner discussed the Bazetta and Kinsman projects during their work session Tuesday.
The effort to address Environmental Protection Agency concerns about unsewered areas of Kinsman is further along.
Commissioners are expected today to authorize the Trumbull County Planning Commission to pre-apply for a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for Phase One of the Kinsman Township Sanitary Sewer Project. This money has congressional approval.
The $400,000 EDA grant will then free up $190,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $90,000 from the county's revolving loan fund. The project will include a sanitary sewer along Burnett East Road to state Route 5, a receiving station and a pump station.
Kraft building plans
Today, commissioners also are to hire Thomas Fok & amp; Associates of Warren for $87,720 to do engineering services on the project.
The effort will allow the county to accept ownership of a closed Kraft cheese plant that will serve future businesses in an industrial park there as well as current ventures in the Kinsman area such as Vinyl Color and Grain, 6117 Burnett East.
"This is the first phase of getting the sewer from the Kraft plant to Kinsman Center, which is an area of concern," explained Alan Knapp, county planning commission director.
Kraft closed the facility early last year. Its new owners plan to subdivide the factory and rent it to new businesses, and are working with the Ashtabula Growth Partnership.
Richard Thompson and David French bought the 65,000-square-foot factory and about 140 acres, including a water well field and its state-of-the-art water treatment plant. The new owners plan to give the treatment plant to Trumbull County, where it will be used to anchor new sewer service to Kinsman Center.
The county is now negotiating that transition, Newbrough said, noting the plant would need $100,000 to $200,000 in modifications to suit the county. The plant was designed to handle wastes from the processing of cottage cheese and other dairy products.
It's a $3 million plant that the county will have to maintain and its users will have to pay for in sewer rates. But bringing all of these pieces together should allow the county to obtain zero-percent EPA loans to bring sewers to the whole area.
Providing sewer service for the entire Kinsman area could cost about $5 million, Newbrough has said.
"It's the same as getting a 50 percent grant for the whole project, plus a free treatment plant," he told commissioners.