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TRUMBULL COUNTY Events help drive economy



Published: Thu, July 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Commissioners dealt with sewer projects in Kinsman and Brookfield.

WARREN -- Three events this week and next will fuel the local economy and provide a "big shot in the arm in the Trumbull County area," says county Commissioner Daniel Polivka.

"There's a lot of stuff to do," he said Wednesday.

Polivka's also head of the new Trumbull County tourism board. He is urging people to check out:

UThe National Packard Museum on Mahoning Avenue, having its 16th annual car show, "Packard at Your Service," Friday through Sunday.

UThe annual St. Demetrios Grecian Festival opened Wednesday for a five-day run. It's located at the St. Demetrios Community Center at 3223 Atlantic St. -- and is a favorite of Commissioner James Tsagaris.

UThunderplex Inc., 812 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, is the headquarters July 24-30 for the PONY fast-pitch softball national championships, for girls age 16 and under. Thunderplex is a 20-acre facility with five outdoor fields.

Sewer project

In regular business, commissioners gave the Trumbull County Planning Commission staff go-ahead to seek $340,000 from the Economic Development Administration. This would be for the first phase of a sanitary sewer project in Kinsman Township.

"This will help with the Kinsman area and economic development," Polivka said.

The county wants the grant for 50 percent of the estimated engineering and construction costs. Another $340,000 then could come from the county's revolving loan fund, pending Ohio Department of Development approval.

The commissioners have approved a $1 purchase agreement to buy a sewer treatment plant at the shuttered Kraft dairy products factory in Kinsman. That plant on Burnett-East Road could provide the solution to sewage problems in the township center.

Commissioners appropriated an additional $146,600 for the West Hill sewer project in Brookfield Township, now completed.

A year ago, commissioners awarded a $2.48 million contract to the low bidder, Kirila Contractors Inc. of Brookfield. Commissioners OK'd the additional $145,600 in change orders requested by sanitary engineer Gary Newbrough.

The long-awaited project provides sewers to more than 240 homeowners in the West Hill section of the township that had been using septic tank systems.




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