Streetsboro plans to install water lines in Sunny Slopes development off Route 43

by Mike Lesko | reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- There are no water lines in the city's Sunny Slopes housing development, where residents rely on well water, but Mayor Glenn Broska said he plans to change that.

"I hear about that all the time," Broska said. "Those folks have been promised water lines for years, and the city has never gotten around to it. It's not fair to them."

Broska said one of his top priorities is to get water lines installed in the development, which is just north of the Ohio Turnpike and west of Route 43.

A water line project for Sunny Slopes could possibly begin in 2013, Broska said.

"We will get started no later than the spring of 2014," he said.

Part of the money for the project could come from the city's 2013 budget, which City Council first discussed publicly on Dec. 3.

There could be $500,000 in the city's 2013 budget for water line projects, according to Bruce Terrell, engineering director.

"We can spend up to $500,000 on water lines anywhere in the city," Terrell said.

The city will not pay for the whole project, though, according to Broska.

"Any water line project will be an assessment project," Broska said. "[Otherwise,] it wouldn't be fair to the residents who have been assessed for water line projects in the past. Traditionally, the city has picked up a portion of the cost, but that amount has yet to be determined."

Terrell said it is difficult to figure out the total cost of the Sunny Slopes project "because we're determining how many different phases we want to do it in."

"We want to see how we can attack the problem," Terrell said. "It depends on the number of streets we do in each phase."

Terrell said the city is planning on putting water lines in all the streets in the Sunny Slopes development. That includes Sunny Lane, Gaynelle Avenue, and Andy, Fronek, Meldon and Michael drives.

Broska said the project will ultimately come down to what City Council decides.

"There is money in the budget for water lines," Broska said. "The project will be under discussion by Council."

Finance Director Mitch Michalec said the budget must be approved by March 31, 2013.

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