Some Boston Heights residents can opt in to Cleveland water

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Boston Heights -- Some residents will be able to receive Cleveland water if they "opt-in" to a village water installation program.

The Village of Boston Heights Council is considering an ordinance establishing the 2014-16 water line installation program. The first reading was March 3, the second March 5 and the third is scheduled for March 11, when a vote is expected.

The water line improvements are part of a larger plan for capital improvements. Council approved a resolution March 3 to take in information and qualifications for a design engineer for capital improvements in the next three years, according to Mayor Bill Goncy.

Some of the improvements will benefit residents and some will benefit Arhaus, Goncy said.

Arhaus Furniture plans to build its $35 million headquarters on 64.3 acres on Hines Hill Road with construction beginning in April. Arhaus is relocating its headquarters from Walton Hills in Cuyahoga County. The project is expected to bring 230 jobs to Boston Heights, which will make it the largest employer in the village of 1,300.

Residents have complained about well issues and have asked for waterlines down their streets for 20 years, Goncy said.

"We've tried getting grants before for the water line, but now with the onset of Arhaus coming into the area, we have the ability to get funding for the project," Goncy said. "It's a great benefit for our community."

Arhaus is funding the water line on Olde Route 8, and the city will obtain low interest grants for the rest of the work, Goncy said. Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study awarded approximately $1.7 million for road projects -- Olde Route 8 from state Route 303 to Boston Mills Road; Boston Mils road to the northern city border; and Akron-Cleveland Road including a bridge tunnel in conjunction with Summit Metro Parks.

"For a long time we had no projects and now we have a cluster," Goncy said.

Once the design is completed, the water line main will be installed along Olde Eight from Grandview Drive to Hines Hill Road. Waterlines will be installed along Beverly Drive, Grandview Drive, Richard Road, Sholle Drive and Wolcott Drive by July 1, 2015. Residential homeowners who have elected to participate in the program will be connected to the water service.

Once the water line improvements are completed, the roads will be paved, Goncy said.

The village will be responsible for the installation of the water line mains. Property owners who do not have water service from the City of Cleveland and have a new water line installed in front of their property as part of the program have a one-time opportunity to "opt-in" for public water service connection to their home at the village's cost, according to the proposal. They have one year to connect to the water line or the village will not pay the selected contractor's fees.

Homeowners who meet the qualification must complete an application and return it to the Village Hall or Village Engineer by April 11. Homeowners will select a plumber from the city's approved list to install a water service connection.

The city of Cleveland will install a water meter at no cost to the homeowner.

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