Northfield Village — At village Council's April 12 meeting, Service Director Jason Walters reported on a meeting he had with Summit County officials regarding the regional sewer district program to reduce the amount of contamination in area streams from dog feces. 

According to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, whenever it rains, bacteria from dog feces can soak into groundwater or be carried by rainwater to storm sewers which carry the flow to nearby streams. In both cases, the water is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant, according to the program website,

The website states thousands of area pets produce tons of excrement each day — much of which has the potential to flow into groundwater and streams.

After some discussion, Walters asked members of Council to post signs in their yards to remind fellow residents to pick up after their pets. Northfield Village residents can drop by the service department at 199 Ledge Road for a free sign and portable container of bags to use when picking up after pets. Residents of other communities can obtain signs from the program website listed above.

For more information, the service department can be reached at 330-468-4363.