News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Metro RTA

Don Drumm Studios


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Sewer district says last week's storms show the cost of doing nothing
In a coincidence of timing, Olmstead Falls has withdrawn from the suit blocking an overhaul
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Courtesy of NEORSD
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

CLARIFICATION, 7:45 P.M.: The storm-sewer project is expected to triple sewer fees, but that has not yet occurred.

One of the communities fighting a massive storm-water control program in Northeast Ohio has voted to drop out of a lawsuit against the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. And the district is hoping last week’s storms helped underscore its point with the rest.

LISTEN: Sewer district update

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:04)


LISTEN: Olmstead Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan on timing

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:19)


Olmstead Falls was one of 11 communities that originally challenged the $35 million-a-year plan. The argument comes down to whether sewer districts have the authority to control storm water as well as sewage. An appeals court said no, and the argument is expected to be heard this year by the Ohio Supreme Court.

But Olmstead Falls withdrew from the suit last week, and Frank Greenland of the sewer district says he's hoping other communities hit by last week’s flooding will reconsider as well.

"We’re going to see more of this. There will be another day, there will be another rain event. And problems left unsolved grow only bigger. This is a broad regional issue and we all bear the price of closed roads, damaged infrastructure, so we really need this regional program to move forward and start dealing with this situations systematically.” “

The sewer district argued in court briefs last week that the appellate ruling that storm and sanitary sewer issues are separate is an “absurdity.”

But the communities fighting the fee -- which is expected to triple many homeowner’s sewer bills from about $9 to $27 a quarter -- say the fee is an unvoted tax.  

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Will Ohio's marijuana initiative follow casinos' lead?
We just ask to have marijuana legalized and here comes some nimrod trying to rob us of our rights and make us buy it from some legalized new type DRUG DEALER th...

Fancy dinners from humble beginnings at The Blue Door
Grandma of Chris Miller moved to Florida in a retirement community but I sure miss the Falls and the Blue Door, and the fine service and the true friendship of ...

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

A guide for gift-shopping for older Ohians
I'll never be to old for peanut brittle.

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University