Cortland council discusses sewer, water ordinances

By Shelby Schroeder

One project would allow more water to be sent to the downtown area.

CORTLAND — City council on Monday discussed three ordinances concerning water and sewer improvements.

The first ordinance, which received the second of three readings, would allow Mayor Curt Moll to enter an agreement with Trumbull County to extend a sewer line and service from the Mosquito Creek Sewer District to the city.

The proposed 8-inch line would run along state Route 5 to the Cortland Estates lift station. Home- owners along the line would pay a frontage fee and tap-in charge, and the city would pay to maintain the line.

No cost estimates were released for the project, and the number of affected residents is not yet known.

A second ordinance that would seek state funding to add a water line along North High Street received its first reading.

Moll said water pressure in the downtown area off Main Street is low due to fragile, older lines.

A new 12-inch pipeline that would run from near city hall, 400 N. High St., to Main Street would allow more water to be sent downtown.

The $482,800 cost of the project is expected to be picked up by a loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The city would repay the state on terms of a 20-year loan at a zero-percent interest rate.

Finally, council members approved the first reading of a third ordinance, which authorizes the city to submit an application for sewer work at the Stahl Estates subdivision. There, sewers and affected curbs would be repaired and replaced.

At an estimated cost of $500,000, the project would be funded both up front by taxpayers and through an additional loan with the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Residents would pay around 31 percent of the costs immediately, or $155,000.

The Stahl Estates sewer line improvements include Dennis and Viets drives and Stahl Avenue.

Each of the three projects is estimated to start between this year and late 2010, Moll said.

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