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Trustees applying for sanitary sewer grant

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Residents in the northeast section of Springfield could get some new sanitary sewer lines if a grant application is approved.

At a special meeting June 27, the Springfield Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing and accepting a memorandum of understanding with Summit County for an application of a $1.1 million grant to construct sanitary sewers along Mogadore Road in Springfield and Mogadore, including from east to west from Meadowridge Drive to Dangel Avenue and from north to south from Mogadore Road to Nestor Lane.

According to Summit County Department of Environmental Services (DOES) Director Michael Weant, the county is applying for the grant through the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC).

As part of the agreement, township officials agreed to contribute $50,000 to the project to meet requirements of the grant request. Mogadore also is expected to contribute $50,000, and the county will kick in a little more than $1 million if it is approved.

According to the grant application, the $2.2 million project includes the installation of 8,310 feet of an 8-inch sanitary sewer line with 88 laterals and 40 manholes over 150 parcels currently containing residential homes and a few commercial structures.

“The work is in compliance with the administrative findings and orders of the director of the Ohio [Environmental Protection Agency] in order to eliminate unsanitary conditions in this area due to failing home septic tank systems,” according to the grant application.

The application states Summit County Public Health has reported problems in the area, which has failing septic tanks and privies, since the 1990s. Those problems include numerous breaks in the underground systems, with sewage entering the drainage courses from this area that feed into the Little Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga River. Officials noted that both these rivers are undergoing extensive efforts to reduce pollutants, and the pollution in the Springfield and Mogadore areas must be addressed in order for these efforts to be successful.

The application indicates there are 10 easements required for the project, and the acquisition process for these has not yet begun. If successful, the project would be bid in April 2014 and the work would start in August 2014, with completion estimated for August 2015, according to the application.

In other business at the meeting, trustees declared an “ultimate impasse” in negotiations with the part-time firefighters union regarding wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment, after engaging in fact-finding, and after that report was rejected.

According to township officials, firefighters rejected the township’s last and best offer, and now that final offer goes into effect due to the impasse.

A 25-page report on that offer includes details such as:

  • a one-time lump sum payment of 1.5 percent of hours worked in 2012 and 2 percent for hours in 2013 prior to the effective date of the agreement, July 1, 2013; and
  • wages for 2012 and 2013: for probationary part-time firefighters ($12.92 per hour and $13.02), part-time firefighters/EMTs ($15.06 per hour and $15.21) and part-time firefighters/paramedics ($17.96 per hour and $18.14); and other terms and conditions of employment.

Also at the special meeting, trustees agreed to move the start time of Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The BZA generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month.

The next regular meeting is set for July 11 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.

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