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Two grants awarded for Valley projects

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Over $200,000 was presented in two separate grants to the city of Girard and the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to help fund water and sewer projects on Wednesday.

Girard Mayor James Melfi was presented with a $93,000 check by Jason Wilson, Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia.

Melfi plans to use the state grant, along with $97,000 in local matching funds, to install a 10 inch waterline across state Route 422. The project will expand and improve water service to residents and businesses, including Vallourec Star.

"We'll be able to service any future economic development that may occur there and make it easier for businesses to locate there. And, also, the citizens who are living in that neighborhood, they're going to have better pressure at their homes," said Mayor Melfi.

The project will be sent out for bid and should be completed within this construction season.

In Vienna, the governor's office of Appalachia awarded $110,000 to the Youngstown Warren regional airport Wednesday afternoon.

The money will be used to replace 1,700 feet of leaky, cracked sewer pipes and waterlines that are nearly 90 years old.

"Not only does it cost money to have rain water treated, it's also taxing on the county sewer system and sewer plant. This grant is going to help us replace and redirect sewer pipes to the new pipeline the county is installing on state Route 193," said Kevin Kern, with the Western Reserve Port Authority.

Construction on the airport project is expected to begin in August.

The Governor's Office of Appalachia focuses on aiding economic and community development in the Southeast and eastern border of Ohio.

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