Plans for Bainbridge Water Line Loop in progress

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A long-awaited Cleveland aqueduct connecting two cul-de-sacs in downtown Bainbridge Township could become a reality this summer, Geauga County’s director of water resources Steve Oluic, told township trustees Dec. 10.

A long-awaited Cleveland aqueduct connecting two cul-de-sacs in downtown Bainbridge Township could become a reality as early as the summer, Geauga County’s director of water resources Steve Oluic told trustees of the township on Dec. 10.

During a special meeting of the Trustee, Oluic and two representatives from GPD Consultants gave a PowerPoint presentation describing the Geauga County Project 1801, a $ 1.2 million loop pipeline that connects Kenston Lakes with Canyon Lakes, and which it does Township campuses will allow to connect to the city water.

Water problems have plagued this part of the township for more than a decade. Methane seeping into the wells of the police station, town hall and fire station has forced the community to provide drinking water in recent years.

In 2007, methane from a nearby gas well leaked into several water wells in the nearby Kenston Lakes settlement, exploding a house from its foundations and evacuating dozens of residents over the Christmas break. For years, residents used trucked water in their homes until a Cleveland city water mains could be brought to them.

With Project 1801, Oluic described the Kenston Lakes Line, which extends east along Bainbridge Road to State Route 306, then north, under US Route 422 to Chagrin Road, and then crosses west to an existing line on Northview Drive.

“Our priority is to connect these two legs, which will improve the flow of water and bring water into the township complex,” Oluic told the trustees.

The project is being paid for by a revolving loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with construction beginning in late spring and completing in the summer, Oluic said. He added loan repayment details and the cost of tap-ins remain to be determined.

The 12-inch line is being built on current priority roads that run on the east side of Route 306. The main difficulty in the construction process will be drilling under Route 422.

“The biggest challenge we will have is when we drill under Route 422 because there are soil problems there,” he told trustees. “That can make it difficult to complete, but my goal is to have construction finished by the end of June.”

Oluic said his department will be sending letters to property owners along the planned line within the next two months and that he will be available to meet with Bainbridge residents at a town meeting to discuss the project.

The trustees discussed the further expansion of the aqueduct in the future and its role in economic development. Other areas, such as Bainbrook and Tanglewood, have had water problems for several years. Oluic said the expansion would require negotiations with Cleveland’s water system, which could be at some point in the future.

Trustees said the new loop has been discussed for more than a decade.

“This conversation goes back to the days of (formerly Water Resources Director) Doug Bowen,” said Trustee Lorrie Sass Benza.

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