Well it's mine a few days watched the Sandy Point report twice and have read the report.
I guess my first question would be since 2006 why haven't some of these processes already have been in place?
Level II funding with the county. Tiber Creek being the largest means of stormwater in the city. Why hasn't it been cleaned from one end to the other as well as it's tributaries? The city need to have a clear vision for stormwater capital investment. Individualization of the resources available to Painesville. Maintenance of stormwater system is preformed infrequently throughout the city. This along with poor permit compliance and management.
Many suggestions have been made. As a resident that watched the construction of the Huntington Park water detention basin and to this day listen to residents in the Hine Ave. Skinner Ave. North Ave. still complain of flooded basements, and yards I have to question the logic of what was the purpose of this detention basin. Same with residents on the southside of town constantly reminding the city about even in the heaviest downpours the retention pond in from of Heritage Middle School never has more than an inch or two of water.
I guess the best name for this report would be "Let's Close The Barn Door Now That the Horses Have Left" an example;
Cedarbrook area lets add two schools, a development called Brentwood, another called College Hills,
add a new housing development Liberty Greens. and not add one bit of new infrastructure to the system? This style of development has existed throughout Painesville for twenty years. The question remains why?
I also suggest any Heisley Park homeowner read the report as I believe Sandy Points sees a future with water problems in your future.
One suggestion was for the city to rebate program to implement a backflow preventer program such as Mentor has started. This system cost's the homeowner $2,500 but Mentor reimburses the resident $1,500 a good idea , but does this just move the problem somewhere else?
One number that popped out a me was $5,835,000.00 is that what the cost will be to fix this system in Painesville. Presently the city in 2013 collected $427,000.00 in stormwater revenue.
Salaries and benefits: $127,839
Material and supplies $ 12,450
Services and charges $ 64,300
Capital projects $100,000
Debt service $ 87,277
TOTAL $391,866 with a surplus of $38,834
The administration as well as council has this Sandy Point study as well as two others Metcalf & Eddy Tiber Creek Drainage Study and the ARCADIS Watershed Study. Please no more studies but some positive action. Sandy Point even suggested the city supply residents with rain barrels. Well it's a start. Along with a new administration that might believe infrastructure is more important than streescapes, red crosswalks, and pretty pictures on electric boxes. Painesville must learn to get it's priorities in order.