2011-09-10 / News

Engineers looking for puddles

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE- Where are the puddles?

Engineers from Jobes, Henderson & Associates, Inc. hope residents will tell them where storm water collects on Buckeye Lake Village streets as the engineering firm designs a new storm water drainage system. Aug. 25, engineers held a public meeting at the Buckeye Lake Village Offices to explain the design and installation process. “The next step is design,” said engineer Susan Derwacter.

To fund the $503,000 project, the village will receive about $358,000 from an Ohio Public Works Commission grant, a roughly $119,000 no interest loan, and the village would contribute around $25,000 toward the project, which will replace 3,688 feet of storm water tile and 22 existing storm water structures with 26 new catch basins.

The replacement project extends south along Hebron Road from the village limit to Highland Avenue and then from Hebron Road east along 6th Avenue and then south on North Street. The system will continue to discharge into Waste Weir Run near the Buckeye Lake Fire Station.

The Aug. 25 meeting was poorly attended by the public, which the engineers took to mean that Buckeye Lake residents really don’t have many questions about the project, which will likely go to bid near the end of this year or early 2012 and be under construction in the spring. Derwacter said there may be problems repairing any asphalt damage if the project takes place during winter. Also, she believes the village can secure a lower price on the bids at the beginning of the year.

Derwacter said Jobes and Henderson’s goal is not to need any easements for the project. “We want to do it within the rightof way,” she said. Derwacter said engineers are currently seeing standing water near the village streets and one of the project’s goals is to provide an outlet for the standing water.

“ We’re all for this,” said Buckeye Lake Street Supervisor Mark Dymek, who said the village streets have needed improved drainage for a long time. “This is Phase One,” he said.

Derwacter estimated the project should take roughly two to three months to complete and assured that it will not be as invasive to village streets as the recent installment of a public water distribution system was. The project will not destroy as much asphalt and the drainage lines will not be installed as deeply into the ground as the water lines. She asked residents to contact Jobes and Henderson-(740) 344-5451- and report any standing water on or next to the village streets that are part of the first phase of the storm water collection upgrade.

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