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Falls seeking funding for Purdue Street sewer improvements

6/26/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Cuyahoga Falls officials are hoping they will not strike out on their third attempt to secure funding for a significant sewer project in the city.

During the June 23 City Council meeting, at the request of the administration, Council approved a proposed resolution to seek financial assistance immediately for the upgrade of sanitary sewers and storm sewers on Purdue Street, without talking about the matter in a committee meeting.

City Engineer Tony Demasi explained the city would pitch a plea to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) for about 50 percent of the cost of an estimated $2.4 million improvement project that calls for the installation of larger sewer lines on Purdue, from Hollywood Avenue to Graham Road.

He said a study conducted in 2003-04 revealed the need for sewer improvements on Purdue. The city already has been denied financial assistance twice for the project.

Demasi explained the May 12 storms proved the area continues to flood during severe rain events, thus the administration decided again to seek the money needed to make upgrades more feasible.

He told Council the Purdue improvement project is the last large scope sewer upgrade  plan on tap in the city.

Demasi added smaller scale sewer projects would continue around the city on a regular basis, though.

Also during the meeting, Council approved resolutions authorizing the application of assistance in the form of a grant or loan from the OPWC for the replacement of a 6-inch water main under Second Street and a 6-inch water main under Schiller Avenue.

Council also approved a 2.25 percent raise, retroactive to Jan. 1, through a one-year contract for city workers in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Local 2662 and dispatchers in the Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council (FOP/OLC) Cuyahoga Falls Dispatcher Union.

Also at the meeting, Council adopted an ordinance allowing for a contract, without competitive bidding, with Arbor Construction Co. in an amount not to exceed $315,000 for the construction of sidewalks, landscaping and other public improvements on State Road, Portage Trail and Lillis Drive.

The following new pieces of legislation were introduced during the meeting:

  • an ordinance authorizing an encroachment permit to McDonald’s Real Estate Co. to construct and maintain a business identification sign in a portion of a Graham Road Circle right of way;
  • an ordinance authorizing the vacation plat for sections of Portage Trail and Second Street associated with building encroachments at 140 Portage Trail;
  • an ordinance to enter into a contract for overhead line clearance services, including tree maintenance, tree and brush removal services and mowing, for a period not to exceed two years;
  • an ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of notes in the aggregated principal amount of $6.6 million in anticipation of the issuance of bonds for the purpose of revitalizing the State Road redevelopment area by acquiring, clearing and improving certain properties in that area;
  • an ordinance authorizing the administration to enter into a contract, after obtaining proposals, for energy efficiency programs;
  • an ordinance authorizing Mayor Don Walters to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, retroactive to Jan. 1; and
  • a resolution accepting the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Council and the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council concerning enterprise zone and community reinvestment area tax exemption agreements within the city.

Council will hold committee meetings July 7 to discuss the new pieces of legislation and a regular meeting July 14, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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