The clock is ticking on a major dam removal project out of Leavittsburg, while septic systems in Warren Township are failing.

Sewage is discharging into the Mahoning River and concerned citizens are worried that the sewage will find it's way to dry ground. They voiced those concerns to Trumbull County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

"We pray for this county every day that someone will have the wisdom to bring us through these issues." said Debbie Roth of Warren Township. "We ask you to please seek an injunction so that the health and safety of the communities can be guaranteed," she said.

Trumbull County Metro Parks owns the dam, but are worried they could lose their 3 point 2 million dollar grant for removal if they don't finish the project in a timely manner.

"If we stop the project, yes, those funding's will go away but as long as we're still within their grant process and moving towards a completion, then yes we're good," said Executive Director of Trumbull County Metroparks, Zachary Svette.

The commissioners want to make it all work for everyone, but it may take some time.

"We as commissioners first and foremost have to look out for the safety of our residents," said Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa. "If we can facilitate a meeting between the two entities, we wanna see both of these projects happen, but they have to happen in an order that's beneficial to both parties," he said.

In the meantime, ideas for a temporary solution, should the dam project move forward first, altering the pipes in the mahoning river to keep septic systems under control.