SILVER LAKE — Village legislators took the first step on a proposed project to install sidewalks, curbs and storm sewers on Englewood Drive.
Council on Monday approved a $62,173 contract with Enviroscience Inc. for the company to perform engineering design and consulting services for the project.
Mayor Bernie Hovey previously said Englewood is "subject to severe flooding during heavy rains" at its southernmost point. He also noted Englewood is a "main throughway" from Graham Road to Kent Road, and carries a lot of traffic.
Since the road does not currently have curbs or sidewalks, it is unsafe for pedestrians, according to Hovey.
Council member Matt Plesich (District D) said the project has been on the village’s "radar for quite some time."
The houses on the east side of the street are in Stow, while the ones on the west side are in Silver Lake. Hovey, however, explained that the village owns "several feet from the street into the lawns on the east side."
This means that the village is legally allowed to put in curbs and sidewalks on both sides of the street, but Hovey said assessments for the sidewalks and curbs on the east side will need to be worked out with Stow.
"In Silver Lake, curbs and sidewalks are an assessable project, meaning the homeowner pays his/her fair share of the cost of the curbs and sidewalks," said Hovey. "But the homeowners on the east side of the street live in Stow, and we cannot assess a non-resident."
The mayor explained he would need to talk with Stow officials about having them implement the assessments for Stow residents on Englewood Drive.
If the village does not receive a commitment from Stow on the east side assessments, Hovey said the village could put in curbs and a sidewalk on Silver Lake’s side (west side) of the road. He said a storm sewer will be installed on Silver Lake’s side of the road.
Hovey said he spoke with Stow officials about the project and noted they said they wanted to see an engineering plan before making any decisions about the city’s involvement.
Enviroscience is planning to do drainage evaluation and recommendations, create a preliminary design plan, and put together a final design plan. Hovey said the village is hoping to incorporate some green infrastructure into the project, but noted, "We’ll have to wait and see what everything costs."
If it was done, the green infrastructure would consist of 3,000 feet of bioretention swales on the west side of Englewood and the north side of Randolph Road, according to Hovey.
"These swales will help with storm water management," said Hovey.
Hovey added he expects it will take "at least a couple of months" for Enviroscience to finish its engineering work.
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