Patrick Schwan

Patrick Schwan, senior engineering manager and principal engineer for Richland Engineering Ltd., meets with Richland County commissioners on Tuesday morning.

MANSFIELD -- Richland Engineering Ltd. was selected Tuesday to define the scope of a "seven figure" sanitary sewer project in Bellville that will open the door to additional economic development.

Richland County commissioners approved a $43,344 contract with the Mansfield firm to begin the preliminary design phase of a project that will upgrade and/or replace the sewer system from Bellville-Johnsville Road past the Love's Travel Stop to the west of I-71.

Andrew Keller

Richland County administrator Andrew Keller speaks during a county commissioners' meeting Tuesday morning.

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller, Richland County's wastewater treatment director, meets with county commissioners on Tuesday.

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