By Sean Barron
Mahoning County commissioners have approved a request from the county sanitary engineer’s office to again advertise for bids for the second phase of a sewer-improvement project in Struthers and Poland Township.
J. Robert Lyden, sanitary engineer, noted during the commissioners meeting Wednesday at the Big Reach Center of Hope that the $2.4 million South Struthers Interceptor Sewer Improvement project would extend service to Lutern Lane, James Street, Poland Center Drive and a portion of U.S. Route 224.
Bids will be advertised Dec. 21 and work could begin by March, Lyden said, noting that many residents have complained about nonfunctional septic systems.
Installing new sewers will allow residents to eliminate their septic problems by tapping into a public sewer system, Lyden added.
Commissioners rejected bids that had been received in late July mainly because of flaws in contract language, he said.
Phase I of the work, which serves Struthers and Kennedy roads as well as part of Route 224, was completed in September.
The new sewer system will flow to the Struthers Water Treatment Plant on Poland Avenue in Youngstown, Lyden added.
Also at the session, commissioners agreed to buy a Vactor 2100 Series sewer-cleaning truck from Twinsburg, Ohio-based Jack Doheny Supplies for $314,107.
The vehicle has a large vacuum pump to remove debris from manholes and a 600-foot high-pressure water-jet hose to break up blockage, Lyden explained, adding that a main culprit of sewer backup is discharged grease from restaurants.
The county has one such truck to maintain the estimated 800 miles of county sewers under the sanitary office’s jurisdiction, he continued, adding that the trucks have an average lifespan of between five and 10 years.
The next commissioners’ meeting is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 1 in the basement of the Mahoning County Courthouse, 120 Market St.