Hemlock Creek Sewer Project

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October 11, 2017 – MAJOR UPDATES!

This article was just posted on Cleveland.com. “Seven Hills readying Hemlock Creek Watershed Sanitary Sewer project“. This is great news for the project. At last night’s council meeting I agreed with the Mayor that we need to have some relief for residents on the road resurfacing issue. In my opinion, the City should pay for the most of the cost of the roads that we can. I have been told we cannot pay for all of it based upon the law. I also repeated again that I’m hoping the Mayor comes to Council with a recommendation on how to pay for a large part of the streets in the program. Once he does that, we can begin to figure out how to do so. So if you’re part of the Hemlock program, this is all most likely great news.

UPDATE ON WHAT THE NEW STREETS WILL BE…

QUESTION TO ENGINEER: What are they going to do with the ditches that still exist?
ANSWER: THE EXISTING DITCHES WILL STILL EXIST AFTER THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED.


QUESTION TO ENGINEER: Is everyone getting ditches then because some people filled them in.

ANSWER: THE EXISTING DITCHING SYSTEM WILL BE MAINTAINED SO THAT POSITIVE DRAINAGE WILL FLOW WITHIN THE DITCHES. SOME DITCHES HAVE A CATCH BASIN WHICH ACCEPTS THE STORM WATER AND THEN FLOWS “DOWNSTREAM” THRU A PIPED STORM SEWER SYSTEM.

QUESTION TO ENGINEER: What kind of street? will it have curbs, etc…?

ANSWER: THE PROPOSED PAVEMENT SECTION FOR TWILIGHT DRIVE IS AS FOLLOWS (NO CURBS ARE PROPOSED):

1. REMOVAL OF 3.5” EX. ASPHALT,

2. 12” MINIMUM THICKNESS OF FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION WITH CHEMICAL STABILIZATION,

3. 1.75” ASPHALT INTERMEDIATE COURSE

4. 1.25” ASPAHLT SURFACE COURSE

5. 4” PERFORATED UNDERDRAINS ALONG THE PAVEMENT PERIMETER

QUESTION TO ENGINEER: I’m assuming it’ll be a “real” street?
ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY. THE STREET WILL BE CONSIDERED A RECONSTRUCTED STREET WITH THE 12” STABILIZATION BASE.

October, 2017 – MAJOR UPDATES!

Dear Hemlock Creek Project Homeowner,

I am writing this to you an hour after a meeting I attended at City hall on Oct 2nd, where the Administration provided an update on the sewer project. As your Councilman, I feel you need to know what’s going on so I’m providing this to you at my own expense, not City money, because that’s what I would want done for me. Here’s what I was told.

How Much Will This Cost Each Of You? – I wasn’t given a number yet. I was told they are still calculating final costs. But I was told that they plan on sending you your assessment letter (which will detail ALL costs) in a month or so. It is very frustrating to keep asking for this as I have done for almost two years, and not getting an answer.

What Happens When You Get The Assessment Letter? – An “equalization board” will be formed by three residents who are not part of the project. You will have the opportunity to file any complaints you have about the project with this board. The board will then take their recommendations on all complaints and bring them to Council for resolution.

Are You Paying For The Roads, Or Not? – For almost two years I was told by members of the Administration you were paying for the roads as part of the assessment as decided by the Administration years ago, thus inflating your costs of the project by thousands of dollars each. I was also told this could not be changed. But at tonight’s meeting, I was told a different story. So which is it? I can’t seem to get a straight answer and I really wish the Mayor would make a decision or even a recommendation to Council about it.

This is the most frustrating part of this project for me. As a Councilman, I’m out of the loop really. The Mayor and his team run this project, and provide updates to Council when they feel like it. I keep asking and asking for definitive answers; but can’t seem to get them for you. The bottom line is this. There is no way you should all be paying for the costs of the roads out of your own pockets. At the very least, the City should pay for a major portion of the roads just to lessen the burden on you, and I’ll be fighting to make sure that happens, assuming it can happen. I know that it would be against State law for the City to pay all the costs.

What’s The Timeline? – I was told that the bidding process for the roads will begin late Fall. Then in Spring of 2018 the sewer lines will begin to go in. The entire project will take over a year to complete. They will go street to street and put the new sewer line in, then immediately resurface the street after. Your street could be done first, or last, depending on what the engineer decides. Then after the sewer line is put in you’ll need to hire a contractor to “tie in” to it and remove your septic tank. I have been told that this can cost around $3-7k, depending on the contractor. I plan on locating 5-10 contractors and bringing them into City Hall for a public meeting where you can meet them and decide which one to choose. I also hope to help you organize together to choose a contractor who will cut you a break on the costs if a lot of you choose to use them together.

The “Good” News? – The grant for $1,090,000 our new engineer found has already lessened the cost for each of you by $3,573. He has also applied for another $400k grant that if awarded would lessen it by another thousand and change. Also, it’s important to know that whatever your final cost is, you do not have to pay it up front. It will be added to your property taxes over a twenty-year time frame, and if you sell your home it transfers to the new owner. In addition, that cost probably won’t start showing up on your taxes until 2020. The other good news is that your road will finally be resurfaced professionally.

Final Thoughts – You are part of the last 305 homes in the entire City to get this done. Whatever reasons the City had for waiting so long on this for you I do not know. I just know that it is finally happening, and as your Ward 3 representative, you deserve to know the facts and be communicated with about it. I guess the only thing we can do now is wait for the Administration to calculate the final costs and recommend who is paying for what. Like you, I eagerly await their recommendation and if the City can in fact help pay for the roads we will do so if I have anything to say about it. Call me with any questions.

Summer, 2017 – MAJOR UPDATES!

There’s so much to tell about the project at this point. Keep this page bookmarked to stay up-to-date.

MORE GRANTS!!! SAVING YOU MONEY

If you haven’t heard, our new City engineering firm already found another grant for $1.090,000 that lowers EACH homeowner’s assessment by $3,573.77. This is amazing news. He also just applied for another grant for $400,000, and if awarded, that will lower it by another $1,311.47 each.

April 14, 2016 – Hemlock Creek Sewer Meeting (Recording)

If you missed the meeting, you can watch the recording of it here. Click play below. Also, here is a downloadable copy of the presentation from the meeting.

DOCUMENTS AND DOWNLOADS

Here are some documents you might find useful. We will be updating this page as information is available. Join the email update list to get notifications.

IMPORTANT DATES (Subject to Change)

Phase 1: City installs sewer lines.

  • Spring/Summer/Fall/ 2017 – Easement and assessment process.
  • Spring 2018 – Bidding for construction firm.
  • Fall 2018 – Construction begins. Expected to take 1.5 years.
  • Winter 2019 – Project completion.

Phase 2: Personal homeowner tie-in to sewer line and septic tank removal.

  • Spring 2019.