COPLEY TWP.: Copley, Barberton and Norton are expected to be part of a $7,500 study to look at local watershed flooding issues.
The study also will explore the feasibility of addressing the problem through creation of a “subregion of the Muskingum Watershed.”
Township trustees approved a resolution Wednesday to take part in the study that points out that “chronic flooding events in Copley’s Little Farms, Pigeon Creek, Wolf Creek and Schocalog Run areas have been increasing in frequency.”
Downstream, stormwater runoff also causes chronic problems in Barberton and Norton.
Copley’s share of the study’s cost would be $2,500 — one-third of the bill.
In a stormwater-related matter, trustees approved a resolution aimed at correcting a chronic flooding problem on Janwood Drive.
The resolution authorizes the Service Department to enter a Janwood Drive property to remove obstructions from a stormwater drainage ditch to prevent flooding of the street. Cost not to exceed $1,283.
Township Service Director Mark Mitchell estimated the work will take only six hours and when completed, with the “excellent work” done by a neighbor to clear a section of the ditch of silt and debris, should alleviate street flooding for a long time.
In other business, trustees rescheduled their 6 p.m. July 3 meeting to 7 p.m. July 10, when the main topic is expected to be financing and construction of a new police station.
The price tag is pegged at about $5.4 million, which Trustee Helen Humphrys said at the board’s last meeting would be the most expensive project undertaken by the township.