Bruce F. Griffin
COPLEY: Barberton, Copley and Norton are working together to establish the Wolf Creek Conservancy District aimed at flood control and mitigation.
Barberton Utilities Director James Stender said Tuesday during Copley’s Board of Trustees meeting that he expects to file a petition in court next month in Summit County to establish the district. He estimated the district could take two years to complete and cost $400,000. After the petition is filed "that's when the hard work begins," he said.
That initial funding would likely come from an Ohio Water Development Authority loan. Stender said the district's taxing authority would probably generate more than enough revenue to cover the cost.
The new district would be part of the 18-county Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, which includes part of Summit County.
Benefits of a local conservancy district for Copley, Norton and Barberton would be more local control of flood prevention and mitigation and more direct access to grant money to cover costs.
Rain isn't the main cause of flooding in the three municipalities.
Studies show "it rolls into the communities to the northwest of us," Stender said.
Township offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday.