Fuda casts key sewer project vote

WARREN — Saying a project in Kinsman Township is “the beginning of the sanitary sewer district up there, and they need it badly,” Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda found himself on the majority end of a 2-1 vote.

Fuda, in office only two weeks, voted in favor of a change to the project on Thursday — despite questions Commissioner Paul Heltzel had raised earlier about whether the project is the best one for county residents.

Fuda and Commissioner Dan Polivka approved a change that will allow a “package plant” sewage treatment facility to be built in the former Kraft Foods plant on Burnett East Road, and construction of 2,000 feet of sewer lines nearby to serve three commercial properties.

Heltzel, who voted no Thursday, had said on Tuesday that he wondered whether the first phase of the project benefited the public enough to justify the investment of $340,000 worth of county Revolving Loan Fund money.

The first phase will provide sewers to the former Kraft plant, now owned by Smearcase LLC of Andover, an industrial park owned by Smearcase and a business called Vinyl Color And Grain.

Fuda said after the vote that he had spent a great deal of time studying the matter, talking with Kinsman trustees and the staffs of the county sanitary engineer’s office and planning commission.

“They realize as of now it only takes care of two businesses,” Fuda said of Kinsman officials, but there will be a lot of capacity available to serve other customers. The two businesses using the sewage system initially will only use 5,000 gallons per day of the 25,000 gallon capacity, Fuda said.

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