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Poland sewer fees raise a stink

Published: Wed, April 13, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



More than 50 residents attended an informational meeting with Mahoning County and township officials about an ongoing sewer project.

Construction began early this year on the South Struthers Interceptor Sewer that will serve Poland Township and take water to the waste plant on Struthers Road, with Phase 1 of the project affecting Struthers and Kennedy roads.

The meeting was prompted after several residents raised concerns at township trustees meetings.

The most frequently asked question has been whether residents with a good septic system can keep it for any length of time after the sewer installation, said Trustee Mark Naples.

Phase 1 of the project will be completed by August, and shortly after that the county board of health will send letters to residents saying that they have 180 days, or six months, to tie into the sewer system, said Robert Lyden, county sanitary engineer.

In Mahoning County, it costs $1,300 for a three-bedroom, single-family dwelling to tap in to the sewer, and that cost rises as the number of bedrooms increases, Lyden said.

A county representative had said previously that the metered, water-consumption rate is $6.60 per 1,000 gallons of usage plus a fixed monthly rate per customer of $5.75.

Many residents were upset with the cost.

Michael Bolevich lives on Arrel Smith Road in a house built in 2009. He installed a $15,000 septic system, with the cost of paying that off attached to his mortgage.

“If we would have known that in 15 months there would be sewer, we would have had temporary holding tanks installed. You can sense my frustration. ... I have to pay $1,300 out of my pocket and you’re talking like this money is a little amount,” Bolevich said.

Mary Helen Smith, environmental health director for the county district board of health, said the board would not have allowed new construction to have holding tanks.

“You are correct that you would have to tie on,” she said to Bolevich.

Lyden said Bolevich had “the ultimate bad luck and circumstance.”

Low-interest loans are available for residents who qualify based on annual income, Smith said.

Information about the sewer project, guidelines for low-interest loans and a list of licensed installers to connect to the sewer will be available at the township building on Dobbins Road by the end of this week.


1ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is the BS that the govt. will pull on homeowners. They will not tell anyone when they plan to run sewer lines, and then demand that brand new septic systems be replaced when they do run the lines. We have an older septic system and will have to put in one of the new package treatment plants in a couple of years. That will be upwards of $15,000 to $20,000, a third of what our house is valued at. Hubbard Twp. better not decide to run sewer lines down my street after I've spent that much money!

What is the purpose of this tap in fee? Why does the number of bedrooms have anything to do with the amount of the fee? The fee does not cover the actual work to run the sewer line to the street, that is an additional cost that homeowners must pay.

The whole issue of sewer installation is being mismanaged by govt. It is as if they want the confrontation and to piss off the residents.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Just put the cost on their property taxes with 20 years to pay the bill, If they do not want tie in OK . But you can not sell the house until it is tied in You still pay.
This is what they have been doing everywhere in the state for 50 years .

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3PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Have you all forgotten that this is Mahoning County? It's still run with mob mentality. It's funny how the first thing they do when you disagree with them is to threaten you.

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4Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It isn't the mob mentality although I know what you mean. It is happening all over the state and I suspect the country. Trumbull county has the same thing no choice you must tie in.

If you wish to know where it is coming from read AGENDA 21. That is the source and it is the source for much of the insanity that is occurring across the country and globe.

A school district has told parents in Chicago you can't bring lunches to school.The idea is the state is in charge which is run by the UN which is run by international banks and corporations. There is much more coming. The NWO has arrived.

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