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OLD WARNER TRAILS Developer seeks meeting to discuss waterlines



Published: Fri, May 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The township administrator says he wants to do whatever is necessary to get water to the new housing project.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

LIBERTY -- A developer who is proposing to build 212 homes in the township is asking for a meeting with Girard and Trumbull County officials to discuss getting waterlines to the houses.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Donald D. Anderson, president of Liberty Investments Inc., wrote to Mayor James Melfi of Girard and Trumbull County sanitary engineer Gary Newbrough asking for the meeting.

The letter states that Liberty Investments Company, and Villa Homes of America, along with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services are planning to expand the Old Warner Trails Development.

The development has its own private sewage plant, but needs city water to complete the infrastructure, Anderson said in the letter.

"We plan to develop the 68 acres with 212 new homes sites with streets, lakes, walk trails, wooded sites and all underground utilities," Anderson said in the letter.

According to Anderson, besides the 212 proposed additional homes there are currently 115 houses in the area that need water.

"I would think this would be enough homes to justify expanding your water system to match up with the treatment plant we installed to create the highest quality residential community in Liberty Township," Anderson said in the letter.

"I would also like to point out that the project would add about $30 million to the tax rolls in Trumbull County."

Melfi said he is very interested in meeting with Anderson and hopes to set up a time soon.

"With that many new users, it could give us an additional $250,000 annually," Melfi said.

Looking into it

Newbrough could not be reached to comment.

He has said that he is looking into the situation and wants to do a study to find the best way to get water to the area.

Pat Ungaro, township administrator, says he wants to do whatever is possible to get water to the area.

"The people doing this development are investing a lot here and I want to do what we can," Ungaro said.

"In order for the township to grow we need to have water."

Ungaro said if the county does the study, he can seek state Issue II funds to help pay for the project.

"Once we know the cost, I can look for funding," he said.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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