Five sanitary sewer projects in Brookfield Township are in various stages of planning, but most residents who will benefit from the work shouldn’t expect to get rid of their septic systems any time soon.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has identified several unsewered areas of concern in the township where septic systems are outdated. At the top of the list is the area around Brookfield Center.

The lone bid was rejected last year for the Brookfield Center South sewer project after it came in more than 10 percent higher than the engineer’s cost estimate.

The revised project cost of $1,370,000 is higher than the rejected bid. The Trumbull County sanitary engineer’s office is searching for additional Community Development Block Grant funds to cover the difference, according to a status report of all sewer projects in the county compiled last month by sanitary engineer Gary E. Newbrough.

Despite that funding uncertainty, Newbrough estimates there is still a chance construction could begin by year’s end. State grants and the county’s revolving loan fund are paying for most of the project.

The project encompasses tie-ins on Wood Street, Strimbu Drive, a portion of Seaborn Street and part of state Route 7 south of state Route 82 and east on that highway to an existing sewer line on Bedford Road.

In his report, Newbrough said the Brookfield Center North project is more difficult than its southern counterpart because the buildings directly around the township center are closer together. At a projected cost of $1,700,000, it is also more expensive even though it has fewer planned tie-ins.

Residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the project at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for next spring.

The Center North project will extend east on Warren-Sharon Road from Seaborn Street and connect with existing sewers at the Valley View shopping center. It would also run south on state Route 7 to Wood Street and include Grove Street and the portion of Seaborn Street not in the Center South project.

Design engineering has been completed for the Yankee Hills sewer project, which includes 57 homes on Golf and Wintergreen drives and Spring Road. Plans are in the works to hold a public hearing in September on the project, which will cost an estimated $690,000.

Other projects include one on Bedford Road that will extend sewers to about 15 homes between state Route 82 and Driftwood Drive. Design engineering is also in place for a sewer project on Stewart-Sharon Road that would affect about 30 homes between Bedford Road and Woodland Avenue.

At the earliest, public hearings on both of those projects will be held next spring, with construction to begin in the summer.

The West Hill sewer project, which introduced sewers to most of the area north of Warren-Sharon Road, east of Yankee Run Road and south of Lincoln Street in Masury, was completed last year.

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