AUSTINTOWN Kleber Avenue residents await sewer upgrades

The majority of the project's cost will be covered by a state grant.
AUSTINTOWN -- Last summer, John Mashiska's Kleber Avenue basement and yard suffered from flooding.
He's hoping that a contract expected to be awarded next week will ensure he and his neighbors don't see a repeat of the high water.
Trustees will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in special session and are expected to award a $275,633 contract for storm and sanitary sewer improvements on Kleber to Pro Quality of Campbell.
Mashiska says that's good news, but he's waiting until work starts before breathing a sigh of relief.
"When I see the shovels digging the dirt, then I'll be happy," he said.
The Kleber resident added, however, that Michael B. Dockry, township administrator, and trustees have been helpful to residents in getting the project going.
"Hopefully, it will be done this year," Mashiska said.
Situation details
The township is kicking in about $55,000 as the local share with the majority of the cost covered by a state Issue 2 grant.
Dockry said he received a notice to proceed this week from the Ohio Public Works Commission.
Larger-capacity sewer pipes will be installed to address flooding that plagued about a dozen homes on the street during the past two rainy summers.
In September 2003, trustees received a letter, signed by about 50 Kleber residents demanding that their flooding problems be addressed.
"Rainwater overflowing from the street coupled with runoff from commercial development on Mahoning Avenue results in knee-deep pools," the letter read. "We implore you: Please help us."
Residents were concerned about mold and mildew growth caused by the flooding, according to the letter.
The township had considered expanding storm sewer capacity on Kleber about seven years ago, but there were other projects at that time in greater need of state funding, officials have said.

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