Trumbull County commissioners recently applied for more than $20 million in state funds to upgrade the Brookfield Waste Water Treatment Plant in Masury, and have approved advertising for bids for contractors who want to do the work.

The commissioners on Oct. 15 approved applying for $20,220,948 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, and Project Manager Scott Verner said he expects the loan to be awarded in January.

promoThe EPA has reviewed the project and has issued a permit to install.

The design by Acadis U.S. Inc. is “basically” complete, and officials have chosen Burgess and Niple Inc. to oversee construction, he said. Officials are negotiating a contract with Burgess and Niple, Verner said.

If all goes well, the county will award a construction contract in January, and construction will begin in March or April, he said.

The upgrade will replace the chlorine disinfection system with an ultraviolet light one; replace the swirl concentrator, a bypass system that partially treats excess water when severe storms dump lots of rainwater that gets in the sanitary sewer system, with a 2.4-million-gallon detention basin; and build a new pump station.

The swirl concentrator has to be replaced by June 30.

The plant at the northern end of Hubbard Masury Road was built in 1962 and upgraded in 1988. It serves about 3,600 homes and businesses in Brookfield, Masury and a small portion of Hubbard Township. At some point, sewer customers will see a rate hike to pay off the EPA loan.