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Green residents seeking answer to flooding

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

GREEN — A group of Green residents crowded City Council Chambers June 24 demanding a solution to the flooding their homes continue to incur.

During Green City Council’s regular meeting, residents of Springdale and Steese roads and Woodland Drive emotionally explained the negative impact a recent rain event had on their properties.

“So here we are back in front of you again. Less than three years after the last event in 2011, water damages our homes again,” said Amanda Perrine, of Springdale Road. “We are tired of begging you for help, and we shouldn’t have to.”

Heavy rain the morning of June 18 caused numerous homes and roadways in Green to flood, city officials confirmed.

“We were inundated with water,” said Service Director Randy Monteith. “We had many circumstances where we had roads closed.”

As a result of the rainfall, he said Graybill, Mayfair, Berna and Greensburg roads and parts of state Route 619 had to be closed.

The National Weather Service reported the Akron-Canton Airport recorded 2.09 inches of rainfall June 18 between 3:51 and 6:51 a.m.

Mayor Dick Norton said most of the rain came within a 25-minute time period.

Despite the intensity of the rain that fell last week, Norton said “it is not OK” residents, especially those residing on or near Springdale Road, continue to face flooding issues.

Norton challenged his staff to find a “temporary solution” to the water runoff issues in the Springdale Road area.

City Engineer Paul Pickett explained a study was to be conducted this year — the second time in seven years — so an appropriate plan could be identified for the Springdale Road area.

“You should have been able to come up with a solution for this by now,” said resident Ginger Staab, who owns land on Springdale Road. “You can’t wait for a developer to come in and solve all the problems on Springdale.”

Developer John Warmus told Council last summer he plans to construct a senior living development on Boettler Road, at the site of the former Kiefl Farm.

Water drainage issues on the property lead to flooding on and around Springdale already, Staab said.

“We need to stop building and fix the broken stuff first,” Staab said.

During the Transportation, Connectivity and Storm Water Committee, held prior to the regular meeting, Deputy Service Director Paul Oberdorfer discussed where flooding occurred last week and how the issues are being addressed.

He said it would take about three to four weeks for the city to fulfill about 125 current service requests.

Oberdorfer said the Service Department specifically is addressing flood damage on roadways, as well as culvert and catch basin issues.

To report water-related problems from last week’s rain event, the city is asking residents to call 330-896-6607.

Also at the regular meeting, Council did not approve the issuance of $1 million in bonds to provide short-term notes or financing for the creation of Central Park. The issue failed with a 4-3 vote, with Council members Joel Reed (at large), John “Skip” Summerville (Ward 4) and Chris Humphrey (at large) voting in favor of the measure while Council members James Ahlstrom (Ward 1), Ken Knodel (Ward 3), Gerard Neugebauer (at large) and Bob Young (Ward 2) voted against it.

Neugebauer specifically explained he did not see it necessary to borrow money for the project, which seems to be escalating in cost.

However, Summerville said he trusted the administration and understood the goal in obtaining the bonds.

In addition, during the regular meeting Council approved a resolution awarding a contract to Northstar Asphalt for the 2014 “in-house” paving project, making an appropriation of $260,000, to address Moore and Switzer roads and a portion of Wise Road.

Council also heard the second reading of an ordinance changing the zoning classification of approximately 17.74 acres of land from B-1 (General Business) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential) located on Liberty Green Drive. Summerville said a public hearing is scheduled to be held on the matter Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd.

Council additionally introduced new legislation to:

  • enter into an agreement with H.M. Miller Construction Inc. for emergency repairs to a storm sewer outfall at 142 Lake Front Drive;
  • amend the general development plan of the existing planned development district on the east side of Massillon Road, south of Graybill Road; and
  • change the zoning classification of approximately 0.9 acre of land from R-1 (Single-Family Residential) to B-1 (General Business) located at 3911 S. Main St., with a public hearing scheduled for Aug 12 at 7 p.m. at the CAB.

Also June 24, Council heard a report on the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) meeting held June 18.

Neugebauer said the PZC approved a plan to expand the restroom facilities at Greensburg Park. The 362-square-foot expansion would be on the north side of the building, providing additional restroom space, he said.

The PZC also approved an expansion at Park Auto Group at 3363 S. Arlington Road. He said a 6,580-square-foot addition to the building would house 10 service bays, three detailing bays and one wash bay.

Neugebauer said the PZC additionally approved a plan presented by Green Local Schools to split the land at Kleckner School, 1900 Greensburg Road, to separate the school property from the bus garage property. He said the bus garage property would include a 50-foot strip so buses could continue to maintain access to Greensburg Road.

The PZC also approved an application requesting to amend the approved general development plan for The Grove and The Grove Villas of Green to include a new component, a 50-unit senior apartment building to be known as Greensburgh Manor, Neugebauer said. The 23.42-acre development is located on the east side of Massillon Road, south of Graybill Road, he said.

The next regular Council meeting will take place July 8 starting at 5 p.m. with committee meetings and followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the CAB.

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