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Four projects in line for ARC funding

LISBON — County Commissioner Roy Paparodis outlined four local projects this week totaling nearly $1 million that are being considered for funding in 2022 by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

One is a water tank transmission pipe replacement on Thompson Avenue in East Liverpool, for which ARC has been asked to supply $250,000 toward the total project cost of $2,094,400. The project would replace about 600 feet of 12-inch pipe and another 600 feet of 16-inch water transmission main piping, which supplies water from the city’s water treatment plan to the primary distribution storage tank.

According to the project details, the piping is deteriorating due to age and the project would improve water service for 4,280 homes and 534 businesses.

Another waterline project being considered is the replacement of 18,800 feet of waterlines and facilities in East Palestine. The project is reportedly needed to eliminate lead water lines and other related infrastructure that is nearly 100 years old. Again the request is for $250,000 of the total cost of the $5.6 million project. That project is designed to improve water for 1,892 households and 155 businesses in the village.

A third project being considered would address structural deficiencies at the Salem reservoir dam, which reportedly is needed to address possible collapse or breech of the dam. Besides affecting the water for residents in Salem, the reservoir is the main source of potable water for the villages of Washingtonville and Leetonia, as well as parts of Center Township, which totals more than 6,000 households and 148 businesses.

Salem is seeking $235,000 toward the overall cost of the $471,000 project.

Finally, the Columbiana County Port Authority is seeking $250,000 toward a Global Investment Hub, which would be created by renovating and repairing a building at the World Trade Park in Leetonia. The project would then attract new businesses to the county and create up to 50 new jobs. The port authority is expecting five additional businesses, including more 3-D printing capabilities and petrochemical businesses, to go with the three existing similar businesses in the industrial park. The total cost of the project would be $694,800.

Paparodis said he learned more about these proposed projects at a recent meeting of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association.

In other matters before commissioners:

— At the request of Jobs and Family Services Director Rachel Ketterman, the commissioners approved Christine Malloy of the Community Action Agency to serve a two-year term on the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Regional Prevention Council.

— Commissioners opened bids for the county line striping for the engineers office with Aero-Mark Co. LLC, the only company returning a bid — $315,778.

— Commissioners also opened the bids for the repaving of the asphalt in the county fairgrounds, which was badly damaged while being used this past winter and spring for coronavirus vaccine distribution at the Vaccination Complex. The county received three bids with the lowest bid of $119,500 coming from R.T. Vernal Paving and Excavating Co.

— The commissioners rejected the only bid from Barbicas Construction for an East Liverpool street improvement project after it exceeded the allowable estimate.

— The commissioners gave permission for the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce to use the courthouse parking lot for the Christmas in July event on July 10.

— After learning a commissioner cannot be a member of the county Transportation Improvement District Board, Commissioner Tim Weigle resigned from the board and Mark Lamoncha was appointed to serve a two-year term.

— Commissioners will advertise for bids for a project to replace a bid on Glasgow Road in Wayne Township.

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