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The Suburbanite
  • Five projects suggested for block grant funding

  • A five-member review committee has recommended that Stark County commissioners fund five infrastructure projects through the county’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds, including a roundabout to encircle East Sparta’s beloved town pump. The federally funded program supports projects aimed at...
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  • A five-member review committee of township, village and city representatives has recommended that Stark County commissioners fund five infrastructure projects through the county’s allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant funds. The federally funded program supports projects aimed at improving conditions for people with low and moderate incomes who live in communities outside the cities of Canton, Massillon and Alliance (which have their own programs) and Hills and Dales village.
    Residents can submit comments regarding the proposed funding plan to the Stark County Regional Planning Commission until April 9.
    The proposed projects include:
    2013 proposed projects
    • Minerva Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement
    Grant: $110,000        Total Project Cost: $1,329,870
    Project description: Improve the village’s treatment facility at 805 Valley Street in Carroll County by replacing a 44-year-old manual grit removal system with an automatic system and replacing a 26-year-old fine screen grit removal system to improve the efficiency of the plant’s pumps and motors. The plant serves 1,650 village residents and businesses.
    • East Sparta Main Avenue and Walnut Street SE Roundabout
    Grant: $155,000        Total Project Cost: $272,393
    Project description: Construct a roundabout to encircle the historic town pump and eliminate an awkward four-way intersection at Main Avenue and Walnut Street SE. Construction would include asphalt replacement, concrete, curbs, signs, pavement markings, catch basins and the installation of 585 feet of new storm sewer lines.
    • Hillcrest and Royer Avenues NW Waterline Replacement in North Canton
    Grant: $150,000        Total Project Cost: $299,000
    Project description: Replace 1,200 feet of waterline between Seventh Street NW and Fifth Street NW that are roughly 50 years old and cause poor water pressure, discolored water and unsafe fire protection.
    • Woodward Street NW Storm Sewer Improvement in Plain Township
    Grant: $190,895 (includes $46,296 of unspent funds from last year’s grant program)
    Total Project Cost: $210,895
    Project description: Replace storm sewers from Clearview Avenue NW to the east of George Halas Drive NW to drain a 47-acre watershed that often floods due to an undersized or nonfunctioning storm sewer.
    2014 proposed project
    • Hartville Waterline Extension, Phase 3
    Grant: $378,038        Total Project Cost: $885,000
    Project description: Extend an existing Canton 12-inch waterline along state Route 619 and install an 8-inch waterline along three side streets to provide residents with a reliable water source and better fire protection due to the hydrants that also will be installed.