by Andrea Cole
Stow -- With a $200,000 grant from Summit County, city officials plan to improve the water quality on the east side of the city.
Stow has been awarded the funding through the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development's 2007 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds.
Stow Assistant Service Director Thom Sheridan said the funding will be used to replace 1,910 lineal feet of waterline on Cherryhurst Drive from Maplehurst Drive to Paulann Drive and from Paulann Drive to Fishcreek Road.
He said the county originally had provided $75,000 for the project, but recently agreed to increase the amount.
Mayor Karen Fritschel said she was pleased to learn about the additional funding.
"When the county called us and said 'Do you want another $175,000?,' we said 'Absolutely,'" she said. "We have been able to get the projects done at the right cost and on time."
County Senior Administrator Warren Walfish did not return calls by press time.
The city will provide $80,000 for the project, said Sheridan, adding it will be covered through a $4 monthly water improvements fee Stow residents already pay.
He said the grants are given to areas with median income levels.
"We made a major repair on that water line in 2005," said Sheridan. "After digging up the pipe, we discovered it was in bad shape. We repaired 100 feet of the line, but wanted to replace the rest. This will make it reliable for fire service, and we won't have to expend any employees to make repairs. It also will improve the water quality in the area."
Sheridan said officials will submit the plans to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and he expects the project to begin in August. The project should take approximately one month, and could have a minimal effect on traffic in the area.