Trumbull County commissioners have awarded a grant of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the Wildwood Drive storm water improvement project in Brookfield.

The commissioners, acting March 13, awarded $416,595, which was the cost estimate for the project by the Trumbull County Engineer, who designed the project to replace the outflow pipe and increase the size of pipe that takes storm water from west of Crestwood Drive, between Wildwood and Northview drives. During heavy rains, water will jump Crestwood and run on the surface between the homes on Wildwood and Northview and into basements and garages.

“On behalf of my fellow trustees, my road superintendent and the residents of Brookfield, I want to thank you very much,” Suttles said. “That is a lot of money that you agreed to help us in Brookfield Township.”

Suttles said the trustees hope to undertake construction this summer. In anticipation of the commissioners’ decision, the trustees recently authorized the engineer to prepare bid documents.

The actual cost of the project will depend upon the bids.

Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said he was glad the commissioners could address a problem that has been going on for many years.

Commissioner Niki Frenchko said she wants to address storm water issues and resumed her call for a countywide storm water management plan.

The project also has the support of Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough, who said excess storm water gets into home footer drains and then into the sanitary sewer system, sometimes causing sewage to back up into homes along Valley View Drive.

The trustees have had projects funded by their own allocation of ARPA funds on hold while they awaited word from the commissioners. Suttles said discussions will have to resume on how to spend the remaining $515,000 of the township’s $870,000 allocation.

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