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Summit County Council approves ordinance on storm-water management

By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Summit County Council approved an ordinance Monday that requires storm-water management for post-construction maintenance.

The county already had established standards for storm-water management for newly developed or redeveloped property during construction of a project, but did not address how those standards would be enforced and maintained once construction is complete.

The legislation calls for the engineer’s office to enforce a storm-water-management plan. It requires the development, implementation and ongoing enforcement of a Comprehensive Storm Water Management Plan.

The vote addresses a policy for post-construction water quality on any construction more than one acre or any smaller construction project that is part of a larger complex that may be built at a later date. It only applies to unincorporated areas. A plan must be in place to describe how the quantity and quality of storm water will be managed after construction.

Cindy Fink, of the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, said the standards were established in 2002 and 2003 and were supposed to be enacted in 2008.

A number of factors, she said, held up progress. The county had three different elected county engineers since 2003, which caused many staff changes. A number of changes in Environmental Protection Agency rules also made it hard to keep such a plan up to date.

The council also voted to amend legislation that would give more money to the city of Barberton and Coventry Township in the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program.

The program helps stabilize and improve communities by removing blighted and abandoned homes. The funds come from the Attorney General’s Office through the national mortgage settlement and a delinquent tax assessment collection. Summit County received a total grant of $7 million.

“Our grant amount doesn’t change, we will just be reappropriating funds,” said Holly Miller, the county’s community development coordinator. “Communities that do not spend all the funds, the money will be reappropriated to communities that will utilize the funds before Dec. 31.”

Barberton will receive an additional $34,500.

The city originally received a grant for $1.3 million, which includes a local match of $482,552.

To date, Barberton has demolished 100 homes and is anticipating taking down more. The city has targeted about 80 more homes to be torn down.

Miller said the number of homes demolished depends on how much it costs to get rid of asbestos in the homes, which costs an average of $7,500, but could be more.

Coventry will receive $25,000 in addition to the $72,500 they received with a local match of $15,000. They have demolished three homes and a total of eight will be torn down by the end of September.

She said the city of Clinton did not seek any funds, and six other communities voluntarily terminated their agreement because they did not have units they could demolish before the Dec. 31 deadline.

The communities who signed on but then volunteered to be taken off the list were Bath Township, Boston Heights, Boston Township, Munroe Falls, Peninsula and Silver Lake.

County Council also:

• Approved waiving the $1 processing fee for the plastic wallet-size military veteran ID cards for homeless and displaced veterans at special events.

• Authorized the county executive to accept a $5,000 grant from the Sears Consumer Protection and Education Fund. The money will be used for a financial literacy course to be taught at the Job Center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. The program will be sponsored by the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.


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