HERMITAGE — Things will be going downhill for a series of Brookfield, Ohio residences, who will be getting their sewer services from the City of Hermitage.

But going downhill is the point, as geography is a key factor when planning sewage systems. That’s why Hermitage officials approved an agreement at their latest commissioner meeting with Trumbull County in Ohio.

According to the agreement, the sewage collected in Brookfield will flow through lines owned by the Hermitage Municipal Authority, eventually being treated by the Upper Shenango Valley Water Pollution Control Authority.

The project will involve about six residences in the area of North Stateline Road that borders Hermitage, where the residents who are using septic systems seek to hook up with Hermitage’s sewage system. The project engineering and contracting is being handled by those residents, said Kim Blasco, project engineer with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office.

But before work can begin, the plans must also be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Trumbull County Commissioners, Blasco said.

“The earliest that work would start is probably around the end of August, so my guess is they would be completed by the end of September,” she said.

Hermitage has established similar agreements with surrounding municipalities including Wheatland, Jefferson Township, Clark, South Pymatuning Township, and Sharon, while sewage from some residents in Hermitage is piped to Sharon, depending on the location, Hermitage’s solicitor Brett Stedman said.

Trumbull County’s side of the project will include building a sewer line along the Ohio side of North State Line Road, then connecting to the sewer line in Hermitage that comes to the top of Crawford Drive. The project will not cost Hermitage anything, Stedman said.

Depending on how the contractor chooses to hook up to the main line in Hermitage, Blasco said there would be “minimal” roadwork, with the most disruption to traffic being the use of flaggers to maintain at least one lane of traffic.

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