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Mahoning and Trumbull Counties share cost of road grinder

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Many of the valley's roads have been in need of repair for years and when you add back to back harsh winters, some are practically impassible.

That's why Mahoning County engineer Pat Ginnetti and Trumbull engineer Randy Smith are sharing the cost for a road grinder.

Ginnetti says, "Hopefully with the purchase of this machine, it will enable us to repair some of these roads that were unable to get paved and last longer this way."

The engineers announced the purchase at Wednesday night's Mahoning County Commissioners meeting.

The grinder will cost $230,000.00 on a five year lease-to-own agreement.

The money will come from their 2016 budgets.

Smith says, "I think this is just a good example of collaboration and resource sharing. It's going to benefit both of our constituents."

Ginnetti adds, "It's a good step forward in trying to fix the roads properly and not just throwing shovels full of asphalt at potholes. It's going to teach our guys to work smarter, not harder and hopefully save the backs of workers of both counties."

If this joint venture is successful, it could pave the way to other cooperative efforts between the two counties in the future.

The joint announcement comes as Ohio's attorney general reaches an 11 point 5 million dollar settlement with Morton Salt and Cargill Incorporated over high rock salt prices.

The local engineers only expect to get a small portion of that after it has been divided up among the state's counties and municipalities.

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