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City ready to move forward on sanitary sewer upgrades


Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw will ask City Council to authorize the city's commitment to completing about $2.1 million in storm sewer, sanitary sewer and manhole improvements over a 10-year period.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey of central Ohio communities is due later this month, DeGraw said. The report will identify projects that communities will need to complete.

DeGraw discussed the issue as part of his report Saturday, Feb. 8, during council's annual working retreat and goal-setting meeting.

The city will have to put together a plan to complete the projects, he said.

"We are in excellent shape compared to other communities because we've been putting money into our sewer system since the mid-1980s," DeGraw said.

The city already is slated to complete improvements to sewers on Goodale Boulevard and Mulford Road this year, leaving about $1.5 million in projects that will need to be completed over the next decade, he said.

Council will be asked to approve legislation later this month committing the city to make the necessary repairs, DeGraw said.

The total estimated cost of the projects will include $540,235 for the Goodale relief sewer; $580,365 for sanitary sewer rehabilitation; $616,400 for manhole rehabilitation projects; $307,740 for storm sewer improvements; and $144,000 for lateral rehabilitation, if needed.

User fees or transfers from the city's capital improvement fund are two ways the projects could be paid for, DeGraw said.

"We can look at how to fund them down the road," he said. "Right now, we need a commitment from council" to do the work.

Engineers from EMH&T are scheduled to make a presentation about the needed projects at council's meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, DeGraw said.

The administration also is looking to revise how city projects are reviewed by creating a framework team, he said.

"The goal would be for the team to be the main review of the projects coming in," DeGraw said.

In legislation that will be presented to council, the proposed framework team would include the city engineer, a city planner, a member of council, a mayor's appointee, the building director and a planning commission member, he said.

A review of the city's zoning code, with a specific goal of revising and reformatting the residential code, also is planned for this year, said Pat Bowman, director of administration and economic development.

A small expenditure would need to be approved to cover the expenses related to the zoning code review, he said.

While the residential code would be the main focus, the planning commission could "nibble on the corners of the commercial code," Bowman said.

With council giving its high sign for the zoning code review, a proposal for moving forward with the process will be prepared, he said.