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Trustees place water, sewer permits on hold

CANFIELD TOWNSHIP — Trustees on Tuesday postponed two motions that would have approved permits for sanitary sewer and water lines for Universal Development, which was planning a development near the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

The motions would have approved or denied sanitary sewer and water main lines to be installed along the township’s right-of-way, but other factors were brought to light at the meeting. Both motions were requested by Universal Development.

On the sanitary sewer, Trustee Brian Governor said the issue falls under the authority of the county sanitary engineer. He said the county would be the ones to request permission for the lines.

On the water lines, Trustee Marie Cartwright said, “The township owns the right-of-way along its roads, but the ABC Water and Storm Water District (ABC District) has control over the water lines.”

Township Administrator Keith Rogers said in a 2012 court ruling, the ABC Water and Storm Water District was given authority over the unincorporated land in Canfield, Boardman and Austintown townships, who formed the district.

Universal Development had requested the original motions for water and sanitary sewer. According to Governor, they were looking at getting water from the City of Canfield by connecting to a line running down Ivy Lane and Preserve Boulevard roads. That may be an issue for ABC, which is expected to sign an agreement with the City of Youngstown to supply ABC with water, and ABC may not want to connect with the City of Canfield for water.

One alternative route discussed at the meeting was to run water lines from the Summer Wind Development at Herbert and Turner roads. That would be Youngstown water and could still service the Universal Development Project. That move may still fall under the authority of ABC.

Rogers said the first step is for ABC to sign the agreement with Youngstown for water. Governor said in the meantime, the legal opinion was for the township to not interfere with ABC’ area of authority.

Representing Universal Development at the meeting was Attorney Michael Thompson. He addressed the trustees and asked that the two motions be tabled until further research could be done for all parties concerned. Governor, Cartwright and Trustee Joe Paloski all agreed to table it and get more details from the county prosecutor’s office regarding who needs to grant the rights to run the lines.

In other business, trustees:

• Heard from Governor the township gas aggregate program was locked in at 7.99 per cmf through September of 2025. He said information on the program will be posted on the township’s website so residents can decide if they want to opt out or stay in;

• Approved repairs to the township’s vac truck from Custom Metal Works of Austintown at a cost not to exceed $6,377;

• Agreed to set trick-or-treat 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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