CUYAHOGA FALLS -- City Council on Feb. 27 approved waiving the normal tap-in fees would have been charged to the Woodridge Local School District when it begins construction on its new elementary school and addition to the high school.

During a Council committee meeting Feb. 21, Law Director Russ Balthis explained that although tap-in fees are imposed on new constructions in the high pressure water district in the northern section of the city, the administration is suggested the fees be waived when Woodridge starts construction of a new 84,047 square foot elementary school and a 19,000 square foot high school gymnasium addition in the city.

The district will host a groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to mark the kick-off of the project.

Third Ward Councilman Vic Pallotta (R), chairman of the public affairs committee, said this would be a savings to the district of $199,000 ($94,000 for water and $105,000 for sewer).

"We're thrilled that City Council voted [10-0] to approve the waiving of the tap-in fees for our project," Woodridge Superintendent Walter Davis said following the Feb. 27 meeting. "It's another example of the collaboration between the city and the school district. We look forward to continuing that collaboration."

On Feb. 21, Balthis said the project was worthy of the fee waivers.

"This will be a state-of-the art elementary school facility," he said. "And what's also very exciting is the relocation of Woodridge Intermediate School from the village of Peninsula to the city of Cuyahoga Falls will bring just over 50 new jobs with an annual payroll of $2.33 million into the city."

A 3.1-mill bond issue approved by voters in November 2015 is funding the elementary school and high school budget as well as a new roof installed on the middle school last year.


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