Loan for sewer project
The city will rehabilitate and improve secondary sewage treatment infrastructure at its waste-treatment plant with financing from a low-interest rate loan from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The project, part of the city’s $150 million wastewater-improvement project, will renovate existing filters, upgrade the activated sludge aeration system and improve the final clarifiers.
The reduced-interest rate on the $24.47 million loan will save the city an estimated $6.35 million compared with a market-rate loan. The special 0.86 percent interest rate includes a zero percent rate on $13 million for the portion of the project that helps the city meet combined sewer overflow reduction, plus $50,000 of principal that the city won’t have to repay.
Three-foot-deep potholes near the intersection of State Street and Park Avenue in Struthers left one vehicle in need of assistance Thursday night.
Capt. D.J. Aldish of the police department said Aqua Ohio, who provides the city’s water, was performing work in the region and filled the holes with slag as a temporary fill until the weather permitted a more permanent patch.
Thursday night’s heavy rains washed away the slag, leaving the deep pits. The street department and Aqua Ohio have responded to the hole and have closed off the impacted section of road until the way is safe for vehicles.
Van hits school bus
A Pennsylvania man said he was showing a passenger something on Google Maps when he went left of center Wednesday and hit a Howland school bus with no students on board.
Derik Smith, 21, of Brackenridge, Pa., was cited after his Dodge Caravan went left of center on North Road at 3:12 p.m. Wednesday and struck the front corner of the bus.
The bus was stopped in front of Howland’s North Road Intermediate School, apparently waiting for traffic to clear so it could pull into the school parking lot, when the crash occurred, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. There were no injuries.
Libraries to open at noon Saturday
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library locations typically open Saturdays won’t open until noon Saturday due to anticipated severe winter weather. Check www.wtcpl.org for updates.
Bunnies in Baskets plans an open house
Bunnies in Baskets therapy rabbits, a rescue and sanctuary organization, hosts an open house from noon to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at 11836 South Ave., in the Old School Marketplace, Building E, in the basement.
There will be a raffle, animal-themed jewelry, gifts and rabbits to adopt. For information, email the rescue at email@example.com.
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