Weathersfield seeks Public Works grant

By Mary R. Smith

MINERAL RIDGE — Weathersfield Township trustees are applying for a $645,000 grant from an Ohio Public Works program.

Trustees also have signed a cooperative agreement with the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office for the County Line Road upgrade.

Trustees approved paying 31 percent of the project, not to exceed a $100,000 local share. The engineer’s office has agreed to pay 50 percent of the township’s cost up to $100,000.

Mahoning County was approached by the township in the spring to become involved in the repaving project, township grants coordinator James Pirko said.

Township Administrator David Pugh said he told MS Consultants in August to put together bid specifications for the project after he spoke with county deputy engineer Marilyn Kenner. The township had told Mahoning County it would not put the project on the top of its projects to apply for funding unless the county went in on the project, Pugh said.

A decision on projects to be awarded funding will be made in the spring of 2010.

County Line Road runs 1.5 miles, and MS Consultants has included 8,500 feet for repaving for the project, to include six cut-outs of side roads off County Line.

“This is one of the biggest projects we’ve ever gotten into because of the cost of asphalt,” Pugh told township trustees this week.

Construction of storm-water control is included in project plans. The Mahoning County side of the road is in Austintown Township, but it is a county road.

County Line Road was last paved around 1996, using state Issue 2 money.

The street is also known as Ohltown-Girard Road, and it runs from Four-Mile Run Road to state Route 46.

Pugh said trustees have been “practically begging” Mahoning County to participate on some work on the road for three years now. Mahoning County has been patching the road.

The agreement stipulates that Mahoning County Engineer Richard Marsico authorizes Weathersfield Township to be lead agent for the project. The grant application will be handled under the state Issue 1 program and is administered by the Ohio Department of Public Works.

The township would draw funds form the gasoline tax or the motor vehicle license tax, Trustee Fred Bobovnyk said.

Pugh added the township has put the money away specifically for big projects.

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