The Utilities Committee of city council gave its blessing for Salem's involvement in the Perry Township sewer line project for Painter Road/Brooklyn Avenue and Depot Road.
Committee members heard an update Thursday night from city Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart, who explained the project will be bid two ways by the Columbiana County Engineer's Office next month.
One scenario will cover the project as planned for properties on Depot from the bypass to just south of Blossom Lane and properties on Painter Road and Brooklyn Avenue. The second scenario will include extending the project on Painter Road to include some additional parcels.
The next step is approval to go forward by city council. The Utilities Commission agreed last month to loan the money necessary to fund the balance of the cost of the township project after the township's contribution is subtracted out. The township is contributing $84,000 from Ohio Public Works Commission Issue II funding. The city will ultimately own the lines and take the residents as customers.
Affected township residents will repay the cost through an assessment on their taxes over 15 years at 5 percent interest, unless they want to pay the cost in one chunk.
Perry Township Trustees requested Salem's financial help as a way to spread out the payments for the property owners. The county is handling the bidding and the construction of the project. The exact cost to the city won't be known until bids come in and a decision is made on whether to go forward after that.
Property owners in those areas requested the sewer line extension, with Weingart noting there were some septic system problems. When the project originally went out for bid, the bids came in higher and the county commissioners rejected them since they were more than 10 percent over the $199,000 estimate, at a cost more than $240,000.
At a recent hearing in Perry Township, residents voted to move ahead with the project after learning they would be able to pay the money through an assessment because of Salem's involvement.
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