LISBON - With 13 properties identified as having household septic repair issues and state money available to pay for the projects for low-income families, the Columbiana County Board of Health will begin seeking bids today from contractors.
The 13 properties are spread throughout the county. Bid packets in most cases will combine two of the projects together, allowing more contractors a chance to bid and helping to ensure the projects are completed this summer.
A conventional system is needed in West Township. Aeration systems are needed in Knox Township, Hanover Township, Perry Township, the city of Salem, St. Clair Township (two), Center Township, the city of East Liverpool and Madison Township. Pre-treated shallow leaching systems are needed in St. Clair Township, Unity Township and Middleton Township.
Bid packets will be available both online and at the Department of Health.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund is paying for the repairs or replacements for the systems. The county was awarded $160,000 in financial assistance. Columbiana County Health Commissioner Wesley Vins said hopefully the projects will not use all that is allotted and the county will be able to have a second round.
The property owners applied and were pre-qualified through the Community Action Agency. Vins said this is an opportunity to address some of the issues families have been unable to repair themselves due to income levels.
In other matters before the board:
-- Youngsters coming to the health department for immunizations or other programs, as well as children throughout the county who are being served by Help Me Grow, are also gaining a book of their own. Utilizing some grant dollars obtained by nurse Barbara Knee and Help Me Grow coordinator Tammy Blankenship, the board was able to obtain 1,960 children's books.
Vins said children leaving the health department are now holding their books and smiling.
-- In another program through Families and Children First Council, some state dollars through the Ohio Children's Trust Fund will now allow the local Help Me Grow employees to assist more children. Vins said they will target those children who need the services of Help Me Grow, but narrowly do not qualify for the program. Vins said the dollars became available and it was a good example of everyone working together to put them to good use.