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City releases sewer survey

March 5, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The city of Canfield has received its survey of the storm sewer systems in town. The survey will be released following the regular city council meeting on March 7.

The survey outlines the entire system grid for the city. It represents seven months of assessing the city's storm water system and includes preliminary projects and costs for future stormwater issues.

City manager Joe Warino said it was in 1992 that city residents were first charged a stormwater fee on their water bills. Since that time, the city has used the funds to cover local matches for grants that deal with stormwater issues.

"We've invested $8 million in storm water projects since 1992," Warino said. "Three million of that was within the last four years."

Among the biggest recent projects was the 2009 Northeast Stormwater Project that saw the replacement of storm sewer from Ohio 46 (North Broad Street) to Greasel Park.

Warino said there are still a lot of projects yet to go. In fact, the survey calls for $7,616,060 in new projects. Warino said at $160,000 per collected on the storm water fees annually, he said it would take 47.6 years to fund them all. As with past projects, the city depends on grant funds, using the fee funds for local matches. That has enabled the city to take on big projects like the Northeast project without raising the stormwater fees.

For the future, Warino said there are a list of projects that are designed to ease the storm water issues on Brookpark, Bradford, Glenview, Saw Mill Run, Broad Street and White Oak Court.

"The total for those projects are $2,533,500," Warino said.

He has asked city council to approve $100,000 to do the engineering studies on those projects so when grant funds come up, the city is ready to apply.

Anyone interested in the special meeting can attend the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers. It will start directly after the council meeting, approximately 7 p.m. Representatives from URS Engineering will be there to explain the survey and answer questions. Warino said comments from citizens will be welcomed.



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