Trumbull sewage rate resolution gets withdrawn

WARREN — Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa did not have to abstain from voting today on a resolution related to a rare public feud between Trumbull County and Warren officials today because the resolution was withdrawn.

The commissioners resolution would have notified Warren that it was canceling an agreement between the county and city regarding sewage rates the county charges to customers in an area of Warren near North Road.

It was a first step toward charging those customers much higher rates.

The resolution was a response to what Deputy Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough said was a "non-negotiable" demand by Warren that county sewer customers in Champion and Lordstown pay 400 percent higher sewage rates by 2023. Warren's wastewater treatment plant treats the Champion and Lordstown sewage.

At today's meeting, Commissioner Dan Polivka said the resolution would be placed on hold because county and city officials agreed to resume negotiations Friday toward working out an amicable solution to the dispute.

Mauro Cantalamessa and his brother, Enzo Cantalamessa, who is Warren safety service director, were both prepared to abstain from being part of the discussion and any votes.

Enzo Cantalamessa said today the reason is that they are brothers and both would have go sign any agreement to change the current rate.

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