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One Council member opposes tap in to water line

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: June 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Hudson -- One Hudson Council member did not agree with allowing a resident with a bad well in the Village of Boston Heights to tap in to an existing water line running along state Route 303 into Hudson.

Council member Alex Kelemen was concerned the water tap in for another community would set a precedent for other infrastructure services such as broadband high speed Internet service. He said many residents in Hudson don't have fire hydrants on their streets.

"We have to serve ours first," Kelemen said.

Other Council members disagreed with Kelemen and supported allowing a resident to pay for services to Hudson to tap in to the existing waterline that was extended for the Boys Scouts Camp on West Streetsboro Street.

The water line was installed in the mid 1990s, according to Communications Manager Jody Roberts. The area is in the Cleveland Water service area, but Cleveland gave Hudson permission to provide the service instead. The Boy Scouts Organization paid for the infrastructure to provide water for its camp on state Route 303.

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"This line exists, and we don't have to build a line," said Council member Dan Williams.

The owners had a problem with his well and officials approved the connection, Williams said.

The city of Hudson processes the request for water taps and issues permits, Roberts said.

Mayor William Currin reminded Council members that the city of Hudson has a memorandum of understanding with the Village of Boston Heights. He said 80 percent of the residents in the Village of Boston Heights are in the Hudson school district.

"We don't want to penalize someone because we have issues with other water lines," Currin said. "This is a different situation."

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The other water line belongs to the city of Akron. Hudson filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Akron Dec. 11, 2014, challenging a $27.76 per month surcharge to its customers. In a separate matter, the city of Akron has tried to establish a long-term water agreement with Hudson but would not discuss terms with Hudson officials. Akron won't allow new developments to tap into its waterline in Southern and Western Hudson.

Council and officials have talked about providing services to neighboring communities at past meetings.

"We've been trying to find ways to extend services," Currin added.

Council member Dennis Hanink said he had no problem with providing service if someone wants to fund infrastructure.

"It's no additional cost to tap in," said Council President Hal DeSaussure. "I've always been in favor of expanding water service."

City Engineer Thomas Sheridan said the Girl Scouts camp on Akron-Peninsula Road north of state Route 303 may seek permission to extend Hudson's water line in the Cleveland Water Service area in the next couple of months. Council could vote on the residential tap in legislation June 16. Separate legislation would be proposed for the Girl Scouts' camp.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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