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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) –- Wednesday was the second day of the government shutdown and its effects are growing, especially in Trumbull County.
County commissioners said they just received word that the shutdown will hold up construction of the $10 million Kinsman sewer project, which was slated for a ribbon cutting Oct. 9. Federal grant money is being used to fund the project and with the government closed, the USDA cannot sign the paperwork.
Furloughed workers at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna were outside holding an informational picket asking passersby to call their congressman so the 400 workers affected can get back to work.
“The budget is quite a bit tighter nowadays and holidays are coming up. Planning for that is going to be difficult for us and right now we are just trying to get everybody to back us up and get Congress to make a decision here,” said Dan Bryant, president of Local 1952 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
The Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District offices may not receive phone calls during the shutdown because the phones automatically ring into the switchboard inside the USDA offices next door, which are closed. Officials urge people trying to reach their office by phone to hit option 3 during the message to ring directly into their office.