MACEDONIA Will flooding issues in Macedonia soon be water under the bridge?

For some residents perhaps, but others will still be waiting. The city will be entering into a project agreement the the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to replace the Sioux Lane culvert, which has been an issue during the past two years.

According to a representative of NEORSD the estimated cost of the Sioux Culvert project is $300,000.

The new Sioux Lane culvert crossing will allow more water to pass through the culvert than the existing crossing, said city engineer Joe Gigliotti at Macedonia's June 7 meeting.

"This will reduce the likelihood of a dangerous road overtopping situation during a storm," Gigliotti said.

In 2015 the city purchased an Iroquois Run home for $156,000 to demolish and install a retention basin after exhausting all options to help the residents resolve flooding issues. Then-mayor Don Kuchta said he hoped installing a retention basin would help alleviate flooding on surrounding properties.

The house still stands empty. Gigliotti said engineering plans have been in place for "a while now" for the storm water retention basin but have been delayed because the city is awaiting demolition of the home by Summit County Land Bank. John Cavalier, director of acquisitions for SCLB, said there is no date scheduled for demolition because the title company hasn't cleared the property due to a lien from a previous owner.

"Once it is cleared we will put it on a demo list on a rush batch," Cavalier said.

Brookpoint Drive, Indian Creek problems discussed

A fix is also in the works for Brookpoint Drive near the back of Ledgeview Elementary School, thanks to an unanimous vote by Council to appropriate funds for the project.

The project includes replacing an undersized catch basin structure.

"This improvement will allow more surface water to enter the storm sewer piping, as was originally intended when this neighborhood was developed," Gigliotti said.

Meanwhile residents along Indian Creek who regularly experience flooding are still awaiting results of a 2016 study by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to be shared with the city.

A stormwater plan presented to the city by a Drainage and Sewer Control Committee in 2008 shows the same stormwater trouble spots the city is battling currently.

Cathy Loya, a North Bedford Road resident, has been engaged with city officials for years regarding the flooding in her neighborhood. Loya's home has been flooding since she and her husband, Tom, moved in, in 2005, but said the problem was apparently well-known before that.

She pressed for action which resulted in an engineering study of the area by the city's former engineering firm GPD. The scope of the study included the area along Indian Creek and its tributaries, which form the confluence system upstream of Navajo Trail.

City officials have said Macedonia needs the help of NEORSD with the project due to its high cost.

Council President Nick Molnar said the city does not have the money to fix the North Bedford Road/Ledge Road drainage issues but added officials are trying to address what the city can do.

"The Brookpoint resolve is $12,000. When we talk about your situation, we are hearing numbers the size of $1 million," Molnar told Loya.

He added he the city is "at the mercy of NEORSD" which is looking at the problem as a regional issue, which the organization would fund.

"I'm not really happy with where (NEORSD) is and how slow they move, but unfortunately if they are going to put up almost $1 million to resolve the problem, it's hard for us to say boo," Molnar said.

Rachel Webb, senior watershed team leader for NEORSD, said the Indian Creek area is part of a Cuyahoga River South study, which encompasses 184,000 acres and 24 municipalities including Macedonia and Sagamore Hills. She said the study is to form a master plan to address the watershed in these areas and began last fall.

"The results will be a series of recommendations of projects, which will get funneled into our construction plan," Webb said.

Webb added the recommendations should be ready by the end of this summer or early fall, but it is too early to know which areas will be addressed first.

Gigliotti said the city and the engineers met with representatives of NEORSD, who asked for "local input" and shared information from a study of the area with the engineers but not yet with the public. He said the North Bedford Road/Ledge Road is the highest priority for the city.

"I even went so far as to give them my opinion as to how it should be addressed," Giglotti added.

Service Director John Hnottavange said the service department has been working on clearing catch basins in the area such as the one on the west side of the railroad bridge which have been getting covered with small debris.

Loya asked what Council sees as the top three stormwater issues in the area. Councilor Kevin Bilkie said he views North Bedford Road and Ledge Road as the top priority though he has concerns with flooding issues in Lake Forest, Rolling Hills and North Bedford Road at Route 82.

Councilor Jan Tulley and Molnar agreed with Bilkie the North Bedford Road/Ledge Road area is the top issue in the city, however flooding issues near Our Lady of Guadalupe Church run a close second. Tulley added she is also concerned about areas south of Route 82 such as Bluejay Trail.

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432

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