Youngstown council OKs sewer project
City council also dedicated $2,500 to the Crawford
By ANGIE SCHMITT
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN — City council has issued its approval to a $1.1 million sewer project at the corner of Marshall Street and Oak Hill Avenue.
The city will provide 60 percent of the funding for the sewer separation project, said Chuck Sasho, deputy director of public works. The remaining 40 percent will be provided for by a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, he said.
The project will involve rebuilding the sewer line to separate it from the storm-water line, said Sasho.
“During heavy rain events, [the sewer] gets inundated with clean water, and it overflows the pump station,” he said.
The backup can cause sewage to escape into the environment untreated.
Also at the Wednesday night council meeting:
UCity council accepted a $16,000 donation from the Raymond John Wean Foundation to assist with administrative aspects of the Homeless Continuum of Care.
UCouncil members accepted grant dollars totaling $252,731 to conduct health department programs providing dental care, infant immunization and sexually transmitted disease prevention for city residents.
UCity council authorized the purchase of a new firetruck for the fire department. Grant funds will pay for the vehicle.
UCouncil members voted to donate $2,500 to the surviving members of the Crawford family. Six members of that family were killed when their Stewart Avenue home was set on fire Jan. 23.
“We wanted to help,” said Carol Rimedio-Righetti, D-4th. “That’s what we’re here to do, not only legislate.”
The money, taken from the city’s general fund, will be deposited into an account for the survivors at National City Bank, said Mayor Jay Williams.