Purple Cat gets water

Line extension to serve new camp facility

COITSVILLE — The Mahoning County commissioners and Coitsville Township trustees are teaming up to construct a 2,790-foot water-main extension that will serve The Purple Cat’s new Camp Gabba on McCartney Road.

Camp Gabba will provide overnight programs for adults with disabilities at Farmer Casey’s Ranch, 4738 McCartney Road, which is just west of North Hubbard Road. The waterline will help expand the Purple Cat’s services.

The Purple Cat was founded in 2003 to offer day program alternatives for adults with disabilities. Clients participate in a wide range of vocational functions, creative projects and classes that develop daily living skills and for each person to achieve his or her potential.

The $333,500 project also will benefit public health and create economic development in the township, officials say.

The project is funded by Aqua Ohio and through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant secured by the county commissioners.

“The Mahoning County commissioners were glad to help bring this project to fruition,” Commissioner David Ditzler said. “I love to see public-private partnerships that directly benefit area residents. The Purple Cat does so much to bring joy and train people with disabilities. I’m proud to see them able to expand their services in our county.”

Coitsville Township Trustee Phyllis Johnson said, “We’re glad to see the Purple Cat’s establishment of Camp Gabba at Farmer Casey’s Ranch. It really warms my heart to know these services are being provided right here in Coitsville Township.

“It’s also important to acknowledge that this water main will support economic growth in the township and gets us closer to our goal to have water and sewer available to the state line.”

The contract was awarded to Marucci and Gaffney Excavating and includes the installation of 2,790 linear feet of 12-inch water main and four fire hydrants. Construction started last week and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Final site restoration will be completed in the spring once grass can germinate.

Aqua Ohio is the Ohio’s largest investor-owned drinking water and wastewater utility, serving about 500,000 Ohioans in 19 counties, including 60,000 people in Mahoning County. They live in Campbell, Struthers, Lowellville, New Middletown, Poland and the townships of Beaver, Boardman, Canfield, Coitsville, Poland and Springfield.



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