TRUMBULL COUNTY Commission agrees to buy sewer plant

Commissioners sent a letter of commitment to a federal funding agency.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have formally agreed to buy a sanitary sewer plant from an Andover company to service Kinsman Township.
Commissioner Daniel E. Polivka said commissioners sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Economic Development Agency committing to the plant's purchase.
Friday was the deadline for the commitment or the EDA could have pulled $340,000 it has pledged toward a sewer project in the township.
"We're doing what we think is right," said Commissioner James G. Tsagaris.
Resolution passed
In April, commissioners passed a resolution to buy the plant from current owner Smearcase LLC, Andover, for $1.
Smearcase had bought the plant from the former Kraft dairy products.
Polivka explained that the county will receive $50,000 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in fines imposed when Kraft owned the facility.
The county will receive an additional $50,000 from Smearcase as part of the agreement, Polivka.
"It's pretty much a done deal," Polivka asserted.
Financing contingencies
In the letter, Polivka told the EDA that the purchase is contingent on the county's receiving the EDA funding. The county also must obtain other financing.
Under the agreement in principle with Smearcase, the company agrees to transfer the property as soon as possible to the county.
The plant can be returned to Smearcase anytime within 24 months. If that were to occur, the county would return $50,000 to the company.
The agreement with Smearcase was not signed by Commissioner Paul E. Heltzel, who has voiced reservations about the cost of maintaining the sewer system once the county buys it.
Kinsman residents use individual septic systems to treat sewage. The Ohio EPA has expressed concerns about health issues because many of the septic systems are not functioning properly.

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