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Commissioners approve 4 projects for CBDG funds

LISBON — Columbiana County Commissioners approved $392,000 for Community Development Block Grant projects for Salem, Leetonia, Salineville and Columbiana on Wednesday.

Salem’s $100,000 request by Service Safety Director Joe Cappuzzollo was approved. The $299,787 project will rehabilitate Newgarden Avenue from the city’s corporation line to Norfolk Southern Railroad, and on Mullins Street from Newgarden Avenue to South Ellsworth Avenue. Traffic studies in 2021 showed nearly 2,884 vehicles use Newgarden Avenue per day, 1,705 vehicles use Mullins Street and about 62 households are along those 4,700 linear feet of streets.

The village of Leetonia was approved for $135,000 in CBDG toward a $310,000 project to improve water pressure and flow in the southeast area of the village. The project is set to better 110 households and three businesses owned by Columbiana County Port Authority by providing better pressure and fire protection. The remaining money for the project will be provided by an Ohio Water Development Authority loan fund for $135,395, and the last $40,000 will come from the village’s water and sewer funds.

Salineville’s request by Mayor Linda Adams for $94,481 to complete street rehabilitation was approved. The allotted funds will be used to repave Washington Street from Main Street to the Brookview Apartments. Estimated costs of the project are $101,645 and will cover 1,300 linear feet — affecting 22 households.

The city of Columbiana requested $100,000 to repave Union Street from Lisbon Street to Main Street, including the South Cross intersection. Commissioners approved $65,519 in CBDG funding, and the remainder will be provided by a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) award for $34,481. In total, the project will cost $136,840 and will cover 2,050 linear feet. The street is home to 41 households and has areas where previous brick road is coming up through the asphalt.

More than $673,000 in requests were made to commissioners for projects, and not all requests could be approved.

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