Officials agree on sewer projects



One commissioner said he expected to approve the agreement next week.
By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- The Ohio attorney general and Trumbull County sanitary engineer have entered into a tentative consent agreement that would set a 15-year deadline for providing sanitary sewers to 10 areas of the county called unsewered areas of concern by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The agreement would end a lawsuit filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on behalf of the EPA in 2002 that resulted in an agreement that the county provide sewers to the McKinley Heights area in Weathersfield Township, a project that is set to begin construction early this year.
Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka said he will be studying the agreement over the weekend but expects that he and his colleagues will approve the deal at their meeting next week.
Though the cost of the projects is in the millions, Polivka said the agreement would allow the commissioners to return to common pleas court to extend the deadline if federal and state grant money is not sufficient to pay for the 10 projects.
List
The 10 projects are:
Lakeshore neighborhood, Bazetta Township, 1.5 million project to serve 60 homes, construction expected in 2007.
Scott Street, Newton Township, 6.5 million project in two phases. Construction on first phase expected in 2008.
Meadowbrook area, Warren Township, 9 million project, projected to be built after Scott Street project.
Southwest Bazetta Township (Elm Road, Johnson Plank and Bazetta Road), 1.65 million project.
Kinsman Village/Kinsman Township, phase 1 to serve an industrial area on Burnett East Road, phase 2 to serve the town square and residential areas.
State Route 305-McCleary Jacoby Road, Bazetta Township, 2.2 million project serving about 150 homes on parts of eight streets. County commissioners approved the project last summer.
Brookfield Township, two projects totaling 4.5 million, both expected to be completed within a couple of years.
State Route 193, Liberty and Vienna Townships, 8 million project running from Tibbets-Wick Road north to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
Maplewood Park, Hubbard Township, area south of Hubbard containing 272 homes and costing 18 million.
Kurmont Heights, Hubbard Township.
Septic-system guidelines
The county health department, which is also a party to the lawsuit, signed a consent agreement in September with the state agreeing to follow certain guidelines relating to types of septic systems it would allow to be built in the county from that date forward.
Dr. James Enyeart, the county's health commissioner, said that agreement simply formalized procedures that were already in place.
Thomas P. Behlen, assistant attorney general, said the reason the state sued Trumbull County in 2002 was that the county health department had not done a good job up to that point in protecting the environment from waste water coming from septic systems.
"What this is about is 'Let's set a date, a schedule to get this done," Behlen said of the latest consent agreement.
Erm Gomes with the Ohio EPA's northeast regional office, said the agency is pleased with the agreement.
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