LISBON - Lisbon will receive approximately $608,000 to separate sanitary and storm sewers in the village as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the federal stimulus package.
The federal money will be used to separate sewers on three streets, including Lincoln Avenue, North Market Street and East Lincoln Way. In total, the village had submitted eight sewer projects to the federal program.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency listed the projects on its "priority list." Approximately one year ago the agency mandated the village's combined sewers be separated by 2011 as per a state-wide requirement.
Ken Everett, vice-chairman of the board of public affairs, said it is fantastic the village received the money, especially since the Ohio EPA mandated the village separate the sewers. "We've been looking for money. This is a very, very expensive project," Everett said.
Roger Gallo, president of Lisbon Village Council, said the money will help make the project "doable."
"The mandates can be very expensive, we're glad to have the help," he said. "Some projects are just so expensive, they're too cost prohibitive. We want to comply with the EPA but we're a small town."
Everett said Howells&Baird Inc. of Salem handled the project's engineering and that the village was divided into 10 zones so that one portion could be done at a time. He said the village would contact the firm to discuss the next step.
State Sen. Jason Wilson, who announced the projects, said the people who put the project on the list should be commended because that's "where it starts."
"The goal is to put people to work and solve some of these EPA issues," Wilson said.
"Lisbon residents can expect action," Wilson said. "We expect within 90 days these projects will be ready to start, since they were listed as 'shovel ready.'"
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