Help with septic systems may soon be on the way

LISBON — More money may soon be available for those needing assistance to fix septic issues in Columbiana County.

Environmental Director Lori Barnes said she has applied for another $300,000 through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund program, which the county uses to assist low-income families make needed improvements to their septic systems.

Currently, the board is seeking bids for some projects, which are already funded through the program in 2016. Those bids will be accepted until Nov. 30 and approved at the board’s December meeting. Those projects should be completed by June 2017.

Health Commissioner Wesley Vins said if the 2017 funding Barnes has applied for is approved, he believes the county will have brought more than $1 million in state tax dollars back to this area for these projects through the years. The money is used to alleviate health nuisances and provides work to local contractors who bid on the projects.

Barnes said people are already contacting the health department to see if there is any money available to assist with septic projects, and she is already handing out the applications for next year.

In other matters:

— The board voted to issue board orders against Kimberly Brewer, 7th Avenue, East Liverpool, who already has been notified about abating the nuisance of her swimming pool. According to Barnes, the pool is dilapidated and harbors mosquitoes. Additionally, board member Shawn Apple said in the photos they had, he could not see a fence, which could be a hazard for children. Barnes said Brewer reportedly has been in contact with a contractor about filling the pool in, but nothing has happened.

— The board granted a variance for Pete Ostapiak, Goshen Road, Salem, who is having a aeration system added due to a septic issue. However, the aeration system will be located less than 10 feet from the house and property line.

— A public hearing will be held at 8 a.m., Nov. 22 on changes to food vendor license fees for next year. Barnes said they are required to review the fees each year and some will be increasing with others decreasing.

— A rabies clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center. Dogs should be on a leash and cats in cages. Pets must be at least three months old. The cost is $5.

— The board also thanked the CCCTC for allowing the building to be used for a flu shot clinic this week where 25 people were vaccinated. The site was one of three outside the Columbiana County Heath Department building where flu shots have been given. Nurse Jennifer Davis said flu shots remain available through flu season at the health department offices for those who call ahead.