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Storm drains' locations duly noted in area scout's project

Chase Gage updates city's antiquated map of 330 drains

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

To say the city of Grandview Heights did not have a current map of storm-drain locations in the community is an understatement.

The most-recent maps dated back to 1945.

Grandview Heights High School senior Chase Gage has rectified that as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Gage has compiled a list of each storm-drain location and has ordered markers he and other scouts from Troop 73 will place at the drains.

They also will place a hanger on the door of each residence in Grandview as a reminder of the importance of following dumping laws.

"I drove every street in the city looking for storm drains," Gage said. "It took longer than I expected and I found there were more drains than I expected -- about 330. We just don't notice them day to day, but they are there."

He said he was surprised the city's maps were so out of date.

"With some of the redevelopment that's gone on (since 1945), there are more drains than were marked on that map," Gage said.

The total cost of purchasing the markers is about $1,150, he said.

"We applied for a grant, but we weren't able to get one," Gage said. "I did some fundraising, collecting about $350."

The city offered to provide $1.50 for every dollar he raised, and City Council members "were really generous" in donating their own money after he made a presentation about his project at their May 6 meeting, he said.

"With the city's help, we've got enough money to cover the cost," Gage said.

It's Gage who is helping the city, not the other way around, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

"He's undertaken this very, very large project that benefits the city and needed to be done," DeGraw said. "We're grateful we agreed to do this project."

Gage is "a very impressive guy," DeGraw said.

"I've always had an interest in the environment, and when (Parks and Recreation Director) Sean Robey suggested this idea when I was looking for an Eagle Scout project, I knew it was something I wanted to do," Gage said.

"As I'm graduating from Grandview, it was a way for me to give something back to the community," he said.

To qualify as an Eagle Scout, Gage must complete his project before his 18th birthday, which is June 27.

"I'm lucky I was born so late," he said. "We'll be able to get it done in plenty of time."

Two other members of Troop 73 recently earned Eagle Scout awards.

Luke Snider's project was to refurbish the fence at the high school stadium.

Kyle Modlich built three park benches for Tarpy Woods Park in Marble Cliff.

Both Snider and Modlich will attend Ohio State University next year and plan to study engineering.

Gage will attend Wittenberg University, but still is deciding on a major.