TRUSTEES Flood aid project OK'd

The project involves installation of larger-capacity sewer pipes.
AUSTINTOWN -- Trustees have approved a long-awaited project to alleviate flooding.
The panel approved a memorandum of understanding between the Mahoning County Engineer's office and township trustees to hire Thomas Fok & amp; Associates of Austintown at the regular meeting Monday.
The project on Kleber Avenue uses state Issue 2 money. The township was able to hire the outside firm after the Mahoning County Engineer's office said it couldn't handle the entire project in a timely fashion.
The firm will provide engineering services for the storm sewer portion of the project while the county sanitary engineer's office is handling the sanitary sewer aspects.
Larger-capacity sewer pipes will be installed to address flooding that deluged about a dozen homes on the street during the past two rainy summers.
The project is estimated at about $350,000 with the township kicking in roughly $55,000 as the local share. The bulk will be covered by the state grant.
In other business, trustees postponed a vote on a lease agreement with the Recycling Division of Mahoning County to gather more information.
The motion on Monday's agenda called for the township to receive $22,000 from the division for leasing two drop-off sites, one by township hall and a second on Raccoon Road through 2007.
Trustee David Ditzler questioned why the township's lease agreement for two sites was substantially lower than the $42,000 amount paid to Boardman for its three sites.
Trustee Warren Pritchard suggested the vote be postponed to inquire about a formula for determining the leasing of the sites.
Got a thank you
Trustees also heard from Shannon Royea, one of the organizers of last week's homecoming for the men and women of C Company, 216th Engineers Battalion, who thanked the community and township officials for their help and support.
"It was more than they expected but it was exactly what they deserved," Royea said.
Her husband, Ralph Royea III, is a staff sergeant in the battalion.
"If you weren't proud to be an American that day, you aren't an American," Ditzler said.

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