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Water rates subsiding for Ward 8 residents

11/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Those who reside in Cuyahoga Falls’ Northeast High Pressure Water District in the former Northampton Township are getting released from a little of their financial responsibilities.

At the Nov. 25 regular meeting, City Council amended an ordinance to lower water rates for residents of the northeast section of the city.

“It is not often that you get to reduce a rate,” said Councilwoman Carol Klinger (R-at large). “It is a good day.”

According to the approved legislation, the city is able to decrease water bills because next month it will retire debt related to a water system project that took place just less than 20 years ago and involved the acquisition of about 200 customers from Summit County.

City officials said the owner of an average home in the high pressure district would see about a $17 decrease in their water bill.

Klinger said she is pleased to have been on Council long enough to see water rates go down for some residents, which is a rare occurrence.

Councilman Terry Mader (R-Ward 8), whose ward includes the high pressure district, said residents in his ward would appreciate the rate decrease.

Also during the meeting, Council adopted legislation designating a revitalization sign area for the Portage Crossing redevelopment on State Road, which would allow for vibrant and eye-catching signage to be used in a new shopping and dining area in the city, officials reported.

Councilman Vincent Rubino (D-Ward 1) explained there would be two different areas facing the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and School that would be treated differently, however.

He said one zone facing the church and school would not be allowed to feature any illuminated signs and another portion could not feature any flashing or animated signs.

Council additionally authorized about $200,000 left over from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Grant to be utilized by Testa Enterprises Inc. for the future construction of another mixed-use development on South Front Street.

The approved legislation would afford the acquisition of 1783 Front St., across from the Watermark building, city officials said.

The following resolutions also were approved by Council and authorize the director of public service to apply for and accept financial assistance in the form of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), for:

√ the resurfacing of Second Street between Crawford School Way and Broad Boulevard;

√ the reconstruction of Front and Second streets between Chestnut Boulevard and the Cuyahoga River;

√ the resurfacing of Steels Corners Road between State Road and Wyndham Ridge Drive;

√ the resurfacing of Front Street between Broad Boulevard and Second Street;

√ the construction of the Wyoga Lake Road Multi-Purpose Trail; and

√ a feasibility study on implementing two-way traffic on Front and Second streets between Broad Boulevard and state Route 8.

Council additionally introduced the following new legislation:

  • approving the site plan related to the construction of an 11,250-square-foot addition to an industrial building at 80 Cuyahoga Falls Industrial Parkway;
  • approving the final subdivision plat of the Boulder Estates Phase 3 Subdivision, located in the Northampton Planning District and situated west of the westerly extension of Boulder Lane and Granite Drive;
  • authorizing a contract for the replacement of existing 4-inch and 6-inch water mains with 8-inch water mains in portions of Chestnut Boulevard, Eighth Street and Olive Place;
  • authorizing a contract, without competitive bidding, with Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. for partial roof replacement at the Municipal Building;
  • approving the Solid Waste Management Plan for ReWorks, as solid waste management districts in the state must revise and update a solid waste management plan in five-year intervals;
  • authorizing extending a contract, without competitive bidding, with the Kimble Co., for the disposal of municipal solid waste, for a period not to exceed four years; and
  • amending the traffic control file to relocate the “no parking here to corner” sign on the east side of Lillis Drive to a point 50 feet north of the stop bar at Portage Trail; prohibiting parking on the southwest side of the Cuyahoga Falls Industrial Parkway within 280 feet in either direction of the driveway at 80 Cuyahoga Falls Industrial Parkway; prohibiting parking on both sides of Bath Heights Drive, between the northern right-of-way line of Bath Road and the driveway at 3271 Bath Heights Drive; and prohibiting parking on the east side of 23rd Street from the northern right-of-way line of Shaw Avenue to a point 80 feet north.

Before the meeting’s close, Klinger announced the Finance Committee will obtain a copy of the 2014 proposed budget and meet to discuss it Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

Council will hold committee meetings Dec. 2 and a regular meeting Dec. 9, both at 6:30 p.m., at the Natatorium.

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