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Rittman’s infrastructure projects improve city prospects

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RITTMAN Slowly but surely the city is securing funds and planning to replace many water pipes across the city and resurface its pockmarked streets.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requires the city to replace 7 percent of its remaining water pipes that are potentially lead annually, according to Rittman City Manager Bobbie Beshara. The city recently replaced the lines of second and third streets.

The city needs to replace 246 possible lead service lines, according to Mike Brown, the director of utilities.

The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes and brass or bronze valves and fittings, according to the United States EPA. Young children, infants and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults.

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The city also benefits from federal funds through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), a metropolitan planning organization for Summit and Portage counties, and parts of Wayne County, to complete several asphalt resurfacing projects over the next two years.

“It’s a great program with a focus on maintenance,” said Josh Slaga, project manager for the GPD group, which is helping the city on several upcoming infrastructure projects.

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Rittman worked with Engineering Associates, Inc., to secure a loan of $ 408,700 through the Ohio Water Development Authority to replace possibly lead water lines under Grant, State and Seneca streets.

“We need to replace these lines,” said Bobbie Beshara, the city manager.

The city has also applied for a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commissioner of $ 224,500 to resurface Grant Street in 2022.

Rittman plans to replace its main water supply line in 2022. The water line brings water into the city from the Sterling Road water plant.

Designs are underway to replace the city’s main water transmission line that runs from the Rittman Water Plant on Sterling Road to the city. The 16-inch pipeline is the main artery that supplies the city with water. The hose has suffered five ruptures since February 2020.

Construction is expected to begin in 2022. The city is working with the GPD Group to apply for a loan through the Ohio EPA’s revolving water supply loan account to cover 20% of the total costs of $ 3.2 million.

To cover the remaining 80% of the costs, US Representative Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, requested funds on behalf of the city through Community Project Funding. Slaga said the city should be notified of the availability of the federal grant by the end of the year.

“It would be a big grant,” Slaga said.

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Rittman intends to submit three asphalt resurfacing projects this winter and begin construction in the spring. The city also worked with the GPD group to secure funding for the projects.

The streets slated for resurfacing in 2022 are South Main Street from Front Street to the southern city limits, East Ohio Avenue from Main Street to East Sunset Drive, and Eastern Road from Rufener Street to Gish Road.

AMATS grants will finance 80% of each project. AMATS evaluates projects based on a scoring system to determine which ones get funded, according to Slaga.

Main Street South will be redone next year from Front Street to the southern limits of the company.

Landowners along the streets to be redone will be subject to 50% of the remaining costs, while the city will pay the remaining 50%.

“It’s a lot less of a burden on owners and businesses,” Beshara said. “We did as little as possible on the evaluations… We are grateful to AMATS and Josh (Slaga). “

The total estimated cost of the South Main Street project is $ 420,000 and $ 575,000 for the East Ohio Avenue project. The city was able to add the Eastern Road project, which is estimated to cost $ 580,000, with additional funding from AMATS.

Rittman plans to resurface West Ohio Avenue from Main Street to East Sunset Drive.

In 2023, the city will resurface West Ohio Street from Main Street to Metzger Avenue using AMATS funds. The estimated cost of the project is $ 620,000.

Beshara hopes that each infrastructure project improves the city’s ability to attract new businesses to the area and for schools to attract sports tournaments and academic competitions.

“The residents really appreciate it,” Beshara said of the resurfacing projects, “and the truck plows.”

Refocus on downtown revitalization

Beshara took over the town of Rittman in February 2020, a month before the pandemic shut down the town. Projects such as the revitalization of the city center and the construction of a new city hall are Beshara’s next goal.

The city manager also remains focused on cleaning up dilapidated properties.

“It’s a work in progress,” she said. “It takes a long time for a small staff.”

Contact Emily at 330-287-1632 or email [email protected]

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