Jefferson County Health Department seeks Crestview sewer order

STEUBENVILLE – Assistant Jefferson County Prosecutor Emanuela Agresta said Tuesday she will ask a common pleas judge this week to order 12 Crestview property owners to obtain a contract to tie into the county sanitary sewer system.

The legal action by the Jefferson County Health Department has been in the works for some time after residents and businesses owners were required to stop using their septic tank systems and tie into the county sewer system.

Health Department Administrator Bruce Misselwitz said the board of health formally approved legal action at the April meeting.

The dozen people have not taken any action to tie into the sanitary sewer system

“The number of non-compliant property owners has been reduced, but we still have a dozen people who don’t have a contract with the plumber doing the tie-in and another 53 property owners who have signed a contract but are still waiting for their tie-in to be completed,” said Misselwitz.

In other business during the monthly health board meeting, Misselwitz reported the Ohio Department of Health is tightening its grant money disbursement procedures.

Sanitarian Marc Maragos reported the health department had no issues at the annual Jefferson County Fair last week.

Maragos said he will placing 683 rabies hand baits in Steubenville and Toronto starting this week.

“The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be distributing rabies bait by airplane throughout the county from now until Sept. 19. The bait distribution will cover 4,158 square miles of Ohio’s northeastern and eastern border area,” explained Maragos.

ODNR said bait distribution with the oral rabies vaccine Raboral V-RG will take place in all of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties and parts of Belmont, Carroll, Harrison and Monroe counties.

“The coated sachet which will be distributed by aircraft is about the size of a ketchup packet. It is white and rolled in a brown fishmeal glaze. In Steubenville and Toronto the bait will be in a hard, brown fishmeal block. The baits are not harmful to pets, but once an area is baited keep dogs and cats inside or on a leash for about five days,” explained Maragos.

He said the number of rabies bait packages is down significantly from past years because the number of rabid animals has decreased.

Misselwitz reported plans for the “Walk With A Doc” program is continuing.

“We are scheduled to meet on Sept. 4 with Steubenville and Toronto officials regarding the possibility of a feasibility study to combine health services. And, Dr. Frank J. Petrola and I are working with Trinity Health System, PrimeTime and the YMCA on a healthy lifestyles project,” said Misselwitz.

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