For years, 21 News has heard from people living in Leavittsburg about why they want to stop a plan to remove a dam along the Mahoning River. They said it would leave exposed septic systems and sewage in their yards. 

Trustees, county commissioners and state representatives have all listened to their worries, but no compromise had been found. However, during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, a new agreement was reached to see if an alternative plan may still be viable after all.

After some brief moments of passionate arguments during the meeting, Trumbull Metroparks officials reached a compromise with Warren Township Trustees and Trumbull County Commissioners that will temporarily pause the effort.

The parties asked for 45 days to have an engineering firm conduct an another environmental study.  

According to Zachary Svette Trumbull Metroparks Executive Director, park officials have already done their own study, which found the dam to be an environmental hazard and public safety issue.

After hearing from residents about wanting to save it, county commissioner, Denny Malloy said they will invest roughly $30,000 to have the engineering firm determine if the dam can be saved before its scheduled demolition in 2025.