October 25, 2014

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Medina council OKs stormwater sewer project

MEDINA — City Council Wednesday unanimously approved seeking bids for the city’s largest stormwater sewer improvement project.

City Engineer Patrick Patton proposed a $445,000 renovation to the storm sewers in the Forest Meadows neighborhood where residents have been victims of flooding since the development was built nearly 30 years ago.

The project dramatically could reduce flooding problems for 70 to 80 homes on Beechwood Drive, Shagbark Trail, Westwood Drive, Wildwood Court and Woodhaven Lane.

Homes along Beechwood Drive and other streets in the Forest Meadows neighborhood should get some relief from flooding after Medina City Council approved a $445,000 storm drain upgrade project Wednesday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Homes along Beechwood Drive and other streets in the Forest Meadows neighborhood should get some relief from flooding after Medina City Council approved a $445,000 storm drain upgrade project Wednesday. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Patton said the problem has gotten worse in recent years, and the average frequency of floods for most homeowners has increased from about every seven years to every two or three years.

“This is an area with a long history of flooded basements,” he said. “Several folks get it every summer and most of the area will flood every few years.”

Patton said the new pipes will begin in backyards and run mainly up to the treelawn, and then cut through the development into Reagan Park and down into nearby Bradway Creek.

The project will be financed by the city’s income tax from a fund earmarked for street and sewer improvements.
The city will begin seeking bids in March. Patton said the project should begin in the spring and will be completed this year.

Council also approved a smaller similar project recently for the nearby Cloverdale neighborhood.

Patton announced Wednesday that the bid for that was awarded to HSH Construction and Excavating of Wadsworth.

The $71,000 project will provide storm drainage improvements to several houses along Cloverdale Avenue and a few on Forest Meadows Drive.

That project is slated to begin in the next several weeks, as weather allows.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.