LEETONIA- Village Council Wednesday night granted approval to once again pursue grant funding to replace equipment at the waste water treatment plant.
The village is seeking funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission to replace the grit chamber at the plant, a project estimated at $258,800 last year.
Village Administrator Gary Phillips applied for funding for the project last year but did not receive any. Although the village missed out on funding through the Columbiana County Engineer's Office, the project was one of eight the office submitted to the state for small government funds, where it narrowly missed out on funding, he said.
"We came really close last year," Phillips said after the meeting. "Hopefully this time we can it done."
Had the village been able to secure the funding, the OPWC would have covered 89 percent of the project-62 percent ($161,200) in a grant that would not have needed repaid and 27 percent ($69,100) in a zero percent loan. The village would have been responsible for the remaining $28,500.
The grit chamber is a piece of equipment that removes harmful debris, such as gravel or cement fragments, from the wastewater before it enters the pumps at the plant, Phillips explained. Over 25 years old, the current unit is in poor working condition and is failing to stop the grit from entering the system, which is damaging motors at the plant and increasing maintenance costs, he noted.
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