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The Suburbanite
  • Commissioners move forward with drainage project

  • Stark County commissioners Wednesday agreed to seek an engineering firm to design the needed improvements along the Clay ditch in Jackson and Perry townships. The upgrades will be made between a culvert at 12th Street NW and a culvert at Knight Street NW. Firms interested in the project must submit their qualifications to commissioners by 4 p.m. July 19 to be considered.

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  • A drainage project recommended seven years ago to help alleviate woes in the most-flooded area of the county is moving forward.
    Stark County commissioners Wednesday agreed to seek an engineering firm to design the needed improvements along the Clay ditch in Jackson and Perry townships. The upgrades will be made between a culvert at 12th Street NW and a culvert at Knight Street NW. Firms interested in the project must submit their qualifications to commissioners by 4 p.m. July 19 to be considered.
    A watershed study conducted in 2006 identified Clay ditch — as well as the Johney and Hess ditches —  as one of the contributors to Perry Township’s flooding problems. The study, which examined the 9,330-acre watershed, found that culverts located north of Roanoke Street were notably undersized for large storms and increased the possibility for flooding. It had estimated that the project would cost roughly $3.7 million.
    Commissioner Richard Regula, a Republican who was on the board when the 2006 study was conducted, said he’s happy to see the project finally move forward.
    “My goal is to keep this thing rolling,” he said. “It’s going to be a huge project, no doubt about it.”
    Commissioners already have set aside $350,000 for ditch projects this year and indicated they would be willing to add another $150,000 for ditch cleaning and $250,000 for long-term drainage improvements.
    Stark County commissioners
    WEDNESDAY MEETING
    KEY ACTION Added Lawrence Township’s proposed sanitary sewer project to the list that will receive Community Development Block Grant funds this year.
    DISCUSSION Commissioners allocated $81,740 to help pay for the engineering and design of the $3.5 million project, which will install a new sanitary sewer system for roughly 120 homes, a post office, church and restaurant in the North Lawrence area. The county recently learned that it received $157,745 more than it expected in Community Development Block Grant funds for projects that serve low-to-moderate income families. The board allocated the remaining additional money to previously approved projects.
    OTHER ACTION
    • Nominated eight people representing safety forces, health, first aid, emergency management, media and owners of dangerous wild animals to serve on the county’s Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team. The team will be responsible for preparing the county’s plan that outlines how to respond if a dangerous wild animal would escape in the county. The team is a requirement under a new law enacted following the release of 56 exotic animals from a farm near Zanesville in 2011.
    • Hired URS Corp. of Akron for $137,998 to administer the reconstruction of the Greenbower Street bridge in Lexington Township. The project is expected to begin in July. The County Engineers Association of Ohio will cover the majority of the project’s cost.
    • Signed a 39-month lease at $329 a month on behalf of the coroner’s office for a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox from Lavery Automotive Sales and Services. It will replace a leased vehicle.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Extended the temporary employment of electrical inspector Bruce A. Neighbor’s for up to 120 days to help the building department keep up with inspections and to help cover for employees who are on vacation.
    UP NEXT Meet at 10 a.m. Monday for a work session on the second floor of the Stark County Office Building at 110 Central Plaza S. in Canton.
    Reach Kelli at 330-580-8339 or kelli.young@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @kyoungREP