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Village moves ahead with projects

April 14, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - Village Council moved ahead on two major projects at this week's meeting and received some encouraging news on a third.

Council voted to seek construction bids to install storm sewers this year along: Jefferson Street, from Pine Street to Washington Street; West Chestnut Street, from St. George Catholic Church to North Beaver Street; and Cedar, West Chesnut, Green and Morton streets.

The project cost is an estimated $1.1 million, and the village has been approved to receive a combination loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) in the amount of $445,000. Village Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner said they are also awaiting word on a $655,000 combination loan/grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

A sewer rate increase enacted two years ago will be used to repay the loan portion of the debt.

Council then voted to apply for a $1.1 million combination loan/grant from the state to help pay for the $1.54 million cost of installing storm sewers along East Chestnut Street, from Jefferson Street to Moore Street, and then along Moore Street to East Lincoln Way.

Wonner said the village has already received an OPWC loan in the amount of $445,000 for the project, which is scheduled to get underway next year.

These storm sewer projects are the last of the ones ordered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to separate storm water from the village sewage system prior to treatment at the joint sewage treatment plant in Elkton.

Meanwhile, Wonner advised council the village's request for a $217,000 combination loan/grant from OPWC had been approved for the West High Street project, which was to originally include storm sewers, road widening, sidewalks and resurfacing.

The project has since been scaled back to about $300,000, and the amount of work undertaken will depend on the funding. To help pay for the project, Wonner said they intend to apply for $50,000 or $100,000 from the Columbiana County commissioner's annual federal Community Development Block Grant allocation.



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