Township trustees awarded a contract to a Hillsville, Pa., company Thursday for a storm-water project nearly 10 years in the making.
Butch & McCree Paving, Inc. was given the $378,550 contract, the lowest bid submitted, for the 2013 Boardman Lake Detention Basin and Aylesboro Avenue Storm Sewer Project Phase II. Seven other companies returned bids to the township.
The project involves widening of the Boardman Lake detention basin to accommodate water from a 100-year storm and installing a storm sewer along Aylesboro Avenue, said township Adminis-trator Jason Loree.
A 100-year storm is a certain amount of rainfall in a period of time that has a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded, and the Mahoning Valley’s 100-year storm level is 5.25 inches for a 24-hour period, according to Vindicator files.
“We are very pleased and proud to get this project under way,” said Road Superintendent Larry Wilson.
Wilson said the township will pay about $174,000 for the project, with the rest paid by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.
The project cost estimate had been about $425,000, and two of the eight companies had sent bids lower than that amount, said engineer Gary Diorio of MS Consultants.
The work will take two months to complete and is likely to begin in February, but a definitive start date won’t be known until a pre-construction meeting takes place, Diorio said.
In 2003, the township and surrounding Mahoning Valley was hit with heavy rain during the summer. A county engineer put the water at 4.8 inches or more falling in two to three hours, according to Vindicator archives.
The flooding led to an outcry from residents who wanted more storm-water planning and improvements to alleviate flooding.
In other business, the board chose Larry Moliterno to serve as chairman and Thomas Costello as vice-chairman. Meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the township government center, 8299 Market St., unless otherwise noted.