City Council’s Utilities Committee voted Monday night to recommend to Council that more than $200,000 be spent for engineering studies, one of which will pay $66,500 to help select one or more potential sites for steel-reinforced concrete equalization retention basins capable of holding 1 million or more gallons of storm water after severe storms.
Money for the two studies will come from the city’s sanitary sewer fund.
URS Corp., a Cleveland engineering firm that has been working with the city to develop plans for addressing its flooding problems, will undertake both studies.
Another $146,900 will be spent for the second study on the city’s sanitary sewers to pinpoint areas where storm water enters, leading to flooding and sewage backing up into homes, according to Scott E. Belz, URS Corp. manager of field operations.
That study will likely take six months, Belz noted.
“We need it done fast, but we need it done right,” Terry Keenan, R-1st Ward, said.
Past estimates have put the cost of the basins at up to $6 million.
Recommendations about the basins will be based on the potential location(s) and size of basins that will make the most impact on parts of the city that experience the worst flooding, according to Belz.
“We want to find the spot where it makes sense for the most people,” Belz said.
Dennis Boose, D-2nd Ward, said studies should not limit the number of possible basin sites if studies demonstrate a need for more.
Belz said cost estimates could be compiled by the fall.
Safety-Service Director Jeffry Armbruster said the site of the French Creek interceptor sewer line near the city’s service garage on Bainbridge Road is a prime spot to be considered.
Armbruster said North Olmsted has two massive basins and is looking to add a third. He told the committee each basin has provided a significant reduction in flooding woes in the western Cuyahoga County city that borders North Ridgeville.
Juan Granga of URS Corp. said design documents could potentially be ready by spring with construction ideally beginning in a year’s time.
Keenan asked that the committee receive an update from URS in a month.