Water project put off a year

Mining and landfill companies will be asked to help pay for the waterline.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A waterline project in Petersburg appears to be more than a year away from construction as public and private officials seek ways to pay for it.
Mahoning County commissioners met Monday with Springfield Township trustees, county Sanitary Engineer Joseph Warino and representatives of Aqua Ohio, a private water supplier that would serve Petersburg residents.
By meeting's end, the group agreed that construction on the waterline this year wasn't feasible. Participants agreed to reallocate $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to another county project; apply for CDBG money in the next round and save it for the Petersburg waterline; and seek $750,000 in state Issue 2 funds to apply toward the project, estimated to cost $1.5 million.
The remaining $600,000 may be generated in a combination of ways.
Other sources
State Rep. John Boccieri, D-New Middletown, who also attended the meeting, agreed to join Springfield trustees in asking mining and landfill companies in the township about contributing to construction costs -- something Commissioner Anthony Traficanti encouraged them to do.
Albert J. Sauline, vice president of governmental relations for Aqua Ohio, said he'll talk to company officials about contributing money as well. Ideally, the only expense to homeowners would be monthly water bills and connecting homes to main waterlines, he said.
Mahoning County Health Department tests have shown fecal contamination of well water in Petersburg because of malfunctioning septic tanks, Boccieri said.
Sauline favored construction of the waterline this year, but the deadline has passed for Issue 2 funds that will be awarded this summer, Warino said. The county has until November to apply for Issue 2 money that will be awarded by July 1, 2007.
A sanitary sewer project also is planned.
Township Trustee Robert Orr asked commissioners and Boccieri for letters of support for the waterline project, which will help him as he launches a door-to-door canvass to determine how many homeowners want water service, he said.

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