Trumbull County commissioners have allocated $90,000 from county American Rescue Plan Act funds for a project to extend sanitary sewer service to six properties on North Stateline Road in Masury, said Scott Verner, Trumbull County assistant sanitary engineer.

The next step in the project is holding a public hearing to present the final plans – and the amount of money property owners will be asked to pay, Verner said. That likely will be done this year. Although the Trumbull County Combined Health District has required the property owners to replace their failing septic systems, the project will not go ahead without property owner support, Verner said.

The project is designed and would pipe waste into Hermitage’s sewer system, for treatment at Sharon’s wastewater treatment plant. Hermitage city officials have already approved the plan.

Property owners initiated the project to get out from under the cost of replacing their septic systems and the maintenance and service contracts that would go with that.

The current project estimate is $155,300, although the project would have to be advertised for bids, Verner said. Officials had estimated property owners would pay a capital charge of $30 a month through their sewer bills to pay off a loan taken out to finance what ARPA money does not cover, but the final capital charge will be revealed at the public hearing, he said.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had issued a permit to install for the project, but that permit has expired and a new PTI will have to be obtained, Verner said.

If property owners approve the plan, it could be constructed next year, Verner said.