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Under Sewer Regulation 933.04 section C

(c) Prohibitions on Discharge of Unpolluted Water. No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to a sanitary sewer any unpolluted water which includes, but is not limited to, storm water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage or uncontaminated cooling water or industrial process waters. Any existing roof drain connections to sanitary sewers shall be connected into an available storm sewer and shall be disconnected above ground in the manner approved by the Director. The owner of all buildings situated within the City is required at his expense to disconnect all existing roof drain connections to sanitary sewers in accordance with the provisions of this chapter within ninety days after the date of official notice to do so.

To assist Struthers home owners in the cost of removing stormwater from entering the sanitary sewer system from downspouts, footer drains and preventing basement flooding. The City of Struthers has a backflow prevention control program.


Who is eligible to participate in this program?

(a) If you are a resident of the City of Struthers you are eligible to participate in the program. The following information and instructions are provided for eligible residents to participate in the Backflow Control Program.
(b) Residents of the City of Struthers are asked to read the following important information carefully to avoid delays or possible disqualifications in obtaining reimbursement for expenses and to insure the proper equipment is installed. Failure to follow the requirements and inspection process detailed herein will disqualify the applicant's eligibility for reimbursement.
(1) If you are eligible to qualify for the 50% reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,500.00, a gate valve and sump pump shall be installed. The removal of the footer drains from the sanitary sewer shall be completed prior to reimbursement. The removal of the footer drains from the system in accordance with code shall be required and part of the total cost of the project. Permit and inspection fees are not reimbursable.
Eligible properties with an existing sump pump will be inspected prior to reimbursement for an installed gate valve.
(2) To obtain reimbursement for costs to have the footer drains removed from the sanitary sewer, sump pump installed and gate valve placed on the sanitary sewer lateral, eligible home/property owner(s) are to obtain at least two (2) proposals from master licensed plumbers prior to installation of the devices. Residents contacting businesses to do the work should inquire as to experience in performing the work to be done. The home/property owner can select any qualified contractor however, the City will only reimburse 50% up to $1,500.00 of the lowest proposal submitted and will not participate in any cost beyond that stated in the proposal.
(3) For eligible residents who have completed the work after July 21, 2003 and before the effective date of this ordinance, to be eligible for reimbursement of fifty percent (50%) maximum of $1,500.00 of the cost, complete documentation of payment for work must be provided. Documentation of these costs may be in the form of cancelled checks or invoices marked paid by the vendor.
(4) When all work is completed, eligible residents shall provide the City of Struthers proof of payment to the contractor for work performed. Proof to include cancelled checks or invoice stamped paid and signed by the contractor before reimbursement of fifty percent (50%) of cost up to a maximum of $1,500.00 is paid by the City, the resident shall sign a statement releasing the city from all liability in connection with the work or the proper operation of the gate valve and sump pump and future basement flooding.
(5) The City, through the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager reserves the right to limit the number of participants in any given year based on the availability of funds for said program.
(6) All work must be performed by a master licensed plumber, who is registered with both Mahoning County and the City of Struthers Board of Health. The work shall be properly performed and meet all requirements of the State Of Ohio Plumbing Code.
(7) Permits must be obtained from the Struthers Board of Health for the sump pump installation, gate valve, and general inspection of work. Residents having work done prior to the effective date of this Ordinance are to contact the Board of Health for a permit if the permit was not originally obtained. Permit and inspection fees are not reimbursable.
(8) The Mahoning County Inspection Department must inspect the work prior to completion of the work, i.e., the covering of piping. If the work has been completed on or after July 21, 2003 and the effective date of this ordinance and a reimbursement for costs is requested, the resident should contact the Struthers Board of Health to see if an inspection of the work was done at the time of performance. If the work has not been inspected by the Mahoning County Board of Health, inspection of the existing sump pump and gate valve shall be made prior to any reimbursement.
(c) The Struthers Board of Health maintains a list of licensed and registered master plumbers. Please contact the Struthers Board of Health for a list of master plumbers to perform the work.
(d) Qualified reimbursements through this program will be made in sixty (60) to ninety (90) days from receipt of all required documents.
(e) Any questions concerning this program may be directed to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager or Assistant Manager.
(Ord. 04-078. Passed 11-10-04.)

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This iron industry, The forerunner of America's great steel industry, probably contributed more than any one thing to the winning of freedom for the original thirteen colonies. As migration westward and the settlement of our frontiers moved ever forward, these iron works furnished the tools, plows, wagon iron, pots, kettles etc., which were so necessary to the conquering of towering forests and limitless virgin lands.

As the industry moved on, these iron works of our pioneer fathers, were built in forest glades where the Indians still lurked. In 1803 the first of these furnaces was built on Yellow Creek adjacent to John Struthers' 400 acres. This was the first blast furnace west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Events during the period of the construction of this furnace prove that the Indian problem was a serious one to these early settlers. The settlements in the Mahoning Valley actually faced many of the horrors, of frontier life. Most of these horrors could be traced to trouble with hostile Indians, who still roamed the forests along the Mahoning River. In fact on Sunday, July 20, 1800, two Indians were killed near Youngstown in an altercation with white settlers. As late as 1804 an Indian was tried at Youngstown for killing a white settler at Salt Springs.

As civilization pushed ever westward living conditions in the new settlement on Yellow Creek became less hazardous. The struggle for existence however, became less rigorous only with the coming of conveniences made possible by the growth of the iron industry and the development of transportation facilities.

The little furnace on Yellow Creek was constructed by Daniel Eaton. Its capacity was but a few tons a week and the entire output was used in the casting of pots, kettles and sad irons for the new settlers. No casting of products was done on Sundays and the iron on these days was formed into small pigs, which were then transported to the Pittsburgh bloomeries where it was converted into bar-iron.

About 1806 John Struthers also saw the possibilities in the iron business and about this time he associated himself with Robert Montgomery and David Clendennin in the erection of a second furnace about a mile and 2 half down Yellow Creek from Baton's furnace. Later on this partnership purchased the Eaton stack.

The small Struthers operations prospered until 1812. The war of 1812-14, called away the available workmen and left the furnaces idle. The Eaton-Struthers furnaces never operated again and John Struthers emerged from the havoc of these war years with his industry and his lands gone.

The little settlement on Yellow Creek remained almost dormant for more than sixty years. The Ohio Canal gave impetus to the growth of Lowellville and Youngstown but it remained for the building of a railroad to bring Struthers to life.

In 1865, Thomas Struthers, son of John Struthers, who had located in Warren, Pa., bought back the old Struthers homestead, or much of if, and laid out the village, to which he gave his family's name. Two rail-roads were built through the site of the little village, a post office was established in 1866 and in 1867 industry was revived through the erection of a saw mill.

In 1869 Struthers again became an iron producing community with the construction of the Anna Furnace by the Struthers. Iron Company. In 1880 there was added the sheet mill plant of the Summer's Brothers Co., and in 1888 the plant of the J. A. and D. P. Cooper Gear Company.

With all these activities Struthers still remained a village of less than 1,000 inhabitants, after 100 years had elapsed since John.Struthers built his first cabin and erected the sawmill and grist mill on Yellow Creek. In 1899 Struthers was brought into closer communication with Youngstown and the upper Mahoning Valley by the completion of an interurban electric line.

In 1902 the neighboring village of East Youngstown (now Campbell) was started. This new community was started shortly after the incorporation of The Youngstown Iron Sheet and Tube Company (known as The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., since 1905).

The erection of this plant, near the 100-year-old settlement gave Struthers a growth impetus which demanded civic action. Throughout the years the village was an unincorporated part of Poland Township, but the need of a better government became apparent and in November 1902, Struthers became a formally incorporated municipality, with an historical background of which it could well be proud.

The first village election was held on Dec. 6, 1902, with the first village officers as follows: Thomas Roberts, mayor, Andrew E. Black, clerk, Seth J. McNabb, treasurer, George Demmil, marshal, George Zumpky, William Maurice, Harry Swager, W. A. Morrison, Clark McCombs and John H. Shatter as councilmen.