City Council Work Session, May 2017

June 5th, 2017  |  Published in Observer Reports

City Council Work Session & Special Meeting
May 8, 2017

Present: Mayor and all Council Members

The bulk of the meeting was devoted to a presentation by Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed Programs for NEORSD. Also in attendance were Kyle Dreyfuss Wells, CEO of NEORSD, and Jeff Jowett, Watershed Team Leader.

The history of sewers in Northeast Ohio was touched on, and then responsibilities and programs of NEORSD. It came into existence in1972 and includes 52 communities, with 330 miles of sewers under its purview (there are over 3,000 miles of sewers under local control). The district includes three water treatment facilities, and has made $5 billion in investments since 1972. The district deals with 90 million gallons/year of wastewater, with a goal of reducing untreated flow (subject to a consent decree).

The presentation touched on watershed management, erosion issues, water quality, and flooding. It was pointed out that residents are eligible for credits if they install rain barrels or rain gardens, since they help manage storm water runoff.

Discussion of Green Lake dredging also took place.

In the special meeting, an ordinance to fix compensation of City Council members was introduced, on first reading. If passed, the compensation level of $10,400/year will continue (unchanged), taking effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Kathleen Hickman

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