By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted officials have set a public meeting for Aug. 15 at the Community Cabin to discuss the upcoming Phase Two of the multimillion-dollar sewer system wastewater treatment and collection plant improvements being done in the city.
North Olmsted safety/service Director Scott Thomas said the city is preparing the finishing touches for getting Phase Two under way.
‘We’re really excited about getting this started soon,” he said. “The engineers and designers are putting the finishing touches on the plan. So, we want to take it to the public, talk with them about it and let them know what is going on.”
Officials have set the meeting for 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Cabin in North Olmsted Park, off of 28114 Lorain Road.
Officials said the current estimated costs for Phase Two is $34 million, which includes work at the treatment plant, collection system and the equalization basin. Current cost projections for Phase 1 are about $8 million, including work on Clague and Walter roads, as well as the Laverne and Dover pump stations in the assorted improvements taking place the next several years. The improvements will help the city meet state and federal Environmental Protection Agency mandates and permit requirements. Officials in the last two city administrations have been working on meeting the requirements, with much of the funding coming through sewer fee rate increases.
Thomas said city officials are very aware residents are interested in how the work is proceeding.
“We had a lot of upset people last year and they had a right to be,” he said. “We know it’s upsetting when people are having problems with their homes. We are taking steps to deal with the problems and will continue to do so.”
City officials held several public meetings during 2011 to discuss flooding issues with angry city residents during a year that saw record-shattering levels of rain throughout Northeast Ohio.
Mayor Kevin Kennedy said Phase Two will help address many of the issues in residential areas affected by the flooding in 2011 and other recent years.
“I would expect a lot of the meeting to be about the additions to the project and the parallel sewer lines and other portions of the work which improve the sewer service in the city,” he said. “We’re working on addressing the problems and will continue to do in coming years.”
In the flier, officials noted that the collection system improvements will include 1,120 feet of parallel relief sewer construction on Chapel Hill Drive and a 635,000-gallon flow equalization tank going in at the Dover Road Pump Station.
Other wastewater treatment plant improvements being done during the work include new pretreatment facilities, increasing aeration system improvements, modifications and increased solids treatment, new systems in disinfection treatments, secondary clarifiers, a tertiary filtration system, electrical, power distribution and controls, and odor control improvements.
City Engineer Pete DiFranco said additional work will be performed in the collection system to further address overflows caused by infiltration into the sanitary sewer system during heavy rainfall events. He added that the proposed project will provide a 10-year storm level of service to allow for conveyance and pumping during wet-weather events, which will meet EPA requirements.
Ward 1 City Councilman Lou Brossard, who also chairs council’s streets and transportation committee, said he plans to be at the meeting.
“I’m pleased the administration is being proactive in giving residents these updates, as well as the opportunity to ask questions regarding this project,” Brossard said. “The addition of a parallel relief sewer on Chapel Hill Drive, and the addition of an EQ retention basin on Dover Center Road, should help minimize the risk of flooding in areas of North Olmsted that have been hard-hit in recent years.”