Grant to provide new septic systems

By Ed Runyan


About 13 Trumbull County homeowners will receive new septic systems at no cost or at 15 percent of the cost, thanks to a state grant secured by the Trumbull County Planning Commission.

Additional state and federal grants that have been secured will provide the money for about 25 more, said Julie Green, grants coordinator for the planning commission.

The money for the 13 systems will come from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Environmental Financial Assistance fund. Money for later systems is coming from a 2010 congressional appropriation from the Department of the Interior Special Appropriation Program.

Those getting the systems were referred to Green by the Trumbull County Health Department. Those eligible were among the people the health department said had failed septic systems. Green established a list of eligible recipients based on income.

Frank Migliozzi, director of environmental health for the Trumbull County Health Department, says there are 485 homes in Trumbull County with septic systems that have been deemed by the health department to create a public-health nuisance.

Of those, some have been ordered to be replaced, some need to be altered, and some need to be repaired, Migliozzi said, adding that he doesn’t know what percentage need to be replaced.

“We’re trying to target the poorest of the poor who need to replace their system,” Migliozzi said of EPA Financial Assistance money.

There is a loan program available to help those needing assistance with septic repairs or replacements whose income is too high for the EPA Financial Assistance program, Migliozzi said.

Of the 13 property owners getting new systems in the first phase, two are in Newton Township, two are in Mesopotamia Township, and two are in Bazetta Township.

One new system will be installed at homes in each of the following townships: Vienna, Johnston, Hartford, Southington, Bristol, Warren and Brookfield.

Trumbull County commissioners awarded a contract of $169,163 last month to Jardine Builders & Septic Systems of Girard to construct the 13 systems.

Each system costs between $9,200 and $17,500, Green said.

Of the $169,163 for the 13 systems, $12,349 will come from six of the 13 property owners who are required to contribute 15 percent of the cost.

Another phase of construction consisting of about 15 more septic- system replacements will occur after final approval from the Ohio EPA, Green said.

About $300,000 worth of projects is involved in that phase. Much of it will come from a federal appropriation.

Green learned Thursday that a grant application for an additional $122,000 from the Ohio EPA also has been approved. At an average cost of $13,000 per system, it is likely to allow the county to pay for around 10 more new septic systems.

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