Ravenna gets storm sewer OK

By Micah Panczyk Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Ravenna will match a $126,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant with $54,000 in city funds to replace storm lines along a stretch of East Main Street and on Linden Street.

"We're pleased to receive these funds," said City Engineer Mark Bowen. "This project is a necessity, as residents in this area have witnessed flooding in the yards and basements on previous occasions."

The project will replace "a series of ditch pipes of various sizes" on the east side of Linden Street between Main and Cedar streets with a storm line 18 inches in diameter, Bowen said.

In addition, this stretch of Linden would get new paving and curbs, and sidewalks on both sides of the street, he said. The city also will install a 24-inch storm line from Giant Eagle on East Main Street to Linden Street, Bowen said.

"We are very happy to begin this work this year on behalf of these residents which have experienced past storm drainage problems," said Mayor Paul Jones.

In a separate street improvement venture, the city applied to the works commission last fall for $136,000 to install a new water line along about 3,400 feet of Hayes Road.

Though the city has yet to receive word on the status of its application, the city expects to receive the funding by late summer, Bowen said.

A relatively narrow water line has accumulated calcium and iron deposits through time, troubling Hayes Road residents with poor water pressure, he said. A 12-inch line would replace the existing 4-inch line. Work would likely begin in September should the city receive the necessary funding.

"This Hayes Road project has been on our long-term list for more than 10 years now," Bowen said.

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