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HOWLAND – Trumbull County MetroParks is awaiting information on grants of nearly $ 8 million that will be used for the removal of the Leavittsburg dam, the clean-up of the Mahoning River and the improvement of the Greenway cycle path.

Zachary Svette, executive director of metroparks, told a recent board meeting that he is waiting to see if the parks receive a $ 3.2 million dam removal grant requested by the agency. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with assistance from the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. He said he hopes to hear by the end of the year.

“The final list of public funding should come out before Christmas”, said Svette.

Board member John Brown said the removal of the Summit Street dam in Warren would likely take place before the Leavittsburg dam removal, which is slated for 2023 or 2024.

Svette said he was also waiting to see if the parks would receive a grant of $ 300,000 to $ 400,000 from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the clean-up of the Mahoning River and a $ 4 million grant for bicycle paths in the United States. Ohio Department of Transportation.

Svette said he had met with officials from Warren about forming possible partnerships between the city and metropolitan parks for cleaning up the Mahoning River within city limits and other projects. He said nothing is official.

In other matters, counsel:

• Overheard Svette has been in contact with Cortland officials about the luge hill in the Eastlake Metropark in town being used for luge depending on the weather. Svette said they would like to organize a sledding and scavenger hunt event;

• Was informed that 140 trees have been planted at Clarence Darrow Park as part of an ongoing project;

• Sent a letter to Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe thanking the Sheriff’s Department for providing inmates to mow in metro parks;

• Revise the budget to install portable toilets for the parks.

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