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County Council approves storm water plan

8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Council also makes changes to county veterans’ ID program

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County Council adopted an ordinance establishing a storm water plan to address post-construction water quality during its Aug. 26 meeting.

The previous week, Council’s Public Works Committee learned the county should have had the plan enacted about five years ago to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act.

The ordinance enacts Chapter 943 to provide for post-construction maintenance of the storm water practices required by Chapter 941, which currently establishes standards for storm water management for newly developed or redeveloped property during construction of the project.

The proposed new chapter requires the development, implementation and ongoing enforcement of a Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan, according to the Engineer’s Office. The plan, which will apply to unincorporated areas only, must describe how the quantity and quality of storm water will be managed after construction is complete.

Also Monday, Council adopted an ordinance that changes the way the county Fiscal Office administers a program that offers veterans identification cards, which serve as a record of discharge.

The cards are offered at a fee of $1 to cover the cost, but now the program is set up in such a way that the Executive’s Office can waive the fee for certain events, such as the upcoming Summit County Stand Down for Veterans. The one-stop event for homeless veterans will take place Sept. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the VFW Post No. 3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road.

Also during the meeting, Council heard first reading of an ordinance that aims to more clearly provide health benefits for spouses, domestic partners and dependents of county employees, as well as make revisions to the ordinance regarding domestic partners. The legislation will be discussed in the next Personnel and Intergovernmental Committee meeting.

In addition, Council adopted several resolutions regarding health insurance benefits for employees. Medical Mutual will continue as the county’s health insurance provider. According to supplemental information provided to Council, employees will see deductibles double and out-of-pocket maximums rise, but they also will be able to save money by participating in a new wellness program.

Also adopted was a new contract with Guardian Life Insurance Co. for dental benefits, a contract with Davis Vision for voluntary vision insurance and a contract with Anthem for accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Council also heard first reading of a motion appointing Patrick Darrow, Richard Dobbins, Laraine Duncan, Daniel Flowers, Helen Humphrys, Kyle Kutuchief, Angelina Milo, Carmen Roberto and Cazzell Smith to the Charter Review Commission.

Following the meeting, Councilwoman Tamela Lee (D-District 5) took a moment to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Also, Councilwoman Sandra Kurt (D-at large) noted that the Gay Games will take place in one year in Northeast Ohio and are expected to bring $50 million into the region.

County Council will not meet Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday. Council will meet for committee meetings Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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