Mahoning County commissioners have committed local funds toward a 2,600-foot sanitary-sewer extension along McCartney Road (U.S. Route 422) in Coitsville Township.
The $600,000 project is to be funded in part by up to $135,000 in local money from sewer-connection fees and a $125,000 grant of federal funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The county also hopes to obtain additional money from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, said Bill Coleman, office manager in the county sanitary engineer’s office.
Annemarie DeAscentis, the commissioners’ grants fiscal manager, said a state-development services officer told her Wednesday the state will use its discretionary funds to support the project.
The new sewer line will extend eastward from the current sewer terminus at Galluppi Drive, enabling construction of an aquatic facility at the Purple Cat, an agency that employs and serves disabled people at 4738 McCartney Road, as well as serving other customers along the sewer route.
Commissioners on Thursday also heard from Rose Ann DeLeon, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, who said the authority is seeking to provide government-sponsored loan assistance to two businesses that operate in the county.
One is Simon Property Group, which is considering energy-conservation improvements at its Southern Park Mall in Boardman.
The other is Youngstown Thermal Corp., which is attempting to improve air quality by reducing smokestack emissions from its North Avenue steam heating plant in Youngstown and trying to expand its district energy heating and air conditioning customer base, DeLeon said.
The mall, which opened in 1970, is now undergoing an energy audit, and the port authority could assist it with a variety of energy-conservation improvements, including installation of new roofing and energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning and alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal energy, DeLeon said.
The mall could be eligible for a program, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy bonds, if Boardman trustees support the effort by creating an energy- improvement district, she said.
“As with any company, if they reduce their costs, companies typically put their savings back into their businesses,” DeLeon said of the benefit of energy-conservation improvements for local businesses.
“Boardman is very happy to see that they’re making improvements because it shows a commitment to the mall and that they’re going to be there” for the long term, DeLeon said.