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Springfield Stormwater Drainage Project Township Status

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April 16, 2010


Brice Ditch

There have been numerous incidents of property flooding contributed to the condition of Brice Ditch and storm water runoff from SR 241. A portion of the stormwater from SR 241 flows into Brice Ditch through drain pipes on private property. The size and condition of these pipes does not provide adequate capacity for the water crossing SR 241 to reach Brice Ditch without overflowing the pipes and flowing overland onto parking areas and into structures. The condition of Brice Ditch and the pipes downstream provide insufficient capacity for storm flows causing floodwater to rise into adjacent structures. This ditch is one of the many County ditches that were established prior to the time when the law provided for continuing maintenance by the County; therefore, even though an easement exists for the location of this ditch, the maintenance responsibilities for this ditch have reverted to the property owners upon whose land the ditch runs. The easement for the established portion of the Brice ditch drainage way ends at the City of Akron border, however in order to properly address flooding problems in the area an improvement would need to extend into the City of Akron to an adequate outlet within the City, east of SR 241. The County Engineer analyzed the impact of construction of a stormwater retention basin adjacent to the Brice Ditch and found that the frequency of property flooding could be reduced but that flooding could not be eliminated without improving the drainage system to the aforementioned outlet. While the property owners are responsible for the maintenance of stormwater drainage through their properties it is unlikely that all property owners will agree to perform the improvements required to solve the flooding problem. Implementation of this improvement as a public project will require that the ditch petition process be initiated by the township or by an affected property owner or owners.


Springfield Lake Outlet

Springfield Lake Outlet – The Springfield Lake Outlet is one of the many County ditches that were established prior to the time when the law provided for continuing maintenance by the County; therefore, even though an easement exists for the location of this ditch, the maintenance responsibilities for this ditch have reverted to the property owners upon whose land the ditch runs. This condition of this drainage way is critical to the prevention of flooding of properties adjacent to Springfield Lake and along the Old Home Ditch that is tributary to it. Due to the critical flooding problems related to its condition the Springfield Lake Outlet has been cleaned periodically by the County with funding granted to the County Engineer from the County’s General Fund. There are significant restrictions along this drainage way that cleaning will not correct and County General Funds for ditch maintenance is an unreliable source of funding.  It is recommended that a long term funding source be sought for its improvement and maintenance.  Construction of a regional stormwater management basin near the confluence of the Old Home Ditch and the Springfield Lake Outlet should be considered as a component of resolving this problem. While the property owners are responsible for the maintenance of this ditch through their properties, they have failed to do so and it is unlikely that all property owners will agree to perform the improvements required to solve the flooding problem. Implementation of this improvement as a public project will require that the ditch petition process be initiated by the township or by an affected property owner or owners.


Kellar Road Flooding Relief Storm Sewer

Keller Road is a rural cross-section township street with a drainage way that crosses the road through a culvert pipe under the road. There is a small wetland area on the upland east side of the roadway and a small pond on the property on the downstream west side of the road. The township reports that the wetland on the east side of the road has become a pond since the development of storage buildings in the Village of Lakemore upstream of the wetland. The township is concerned that the flooding may impact the roadway and has requested the County Engineer to investigate the possibility of their constructing a new storm sewer of adequate depth and capacity to drain this area. The proposed new storm sewer would begin at the location of the existing culvert under Kellar Road and divert the stormwater to the south within the existing Kellar Road right-of-way and outlet into a stream that serves as the discharge point for Hidden Lake to the south.

While this storm sewer improvement would be fully within the R/W of Kellar Road, it would serve to replace a currently privately owned drainage way across private property and thereby divert stormwater away from the private pond that exists on this property. The study completed to date indicates that it is feasible to build the sewer proposed by the township; however additional study is needed to determine the environmental impact that building this sewer may have upon the wetland area to the east, the pond downstream and the receiving stream. It is generally advisable to avoid diverting the general course of stormwater unless there is no other option available for correcting the drainage problem. In this case it appears that the existing drainage way west of Kellar Road has not been adequately maintained and its condition may be obstructing the free flow of water away from Kellar Road. Additionally, even though a stormwater basin was constructed at the new storage facility it is likely that the total quantity of water discharging from the site to the Kellar Road area is significantly increased from the predevelopment condition. We have no evidence of water flowing over Keller Road or that the roadway is currently being damaged by the yard flooding. The problem occurring there appears to be a problem caused by conditions on private property and not by conditions within the Kellar Road drainage system. The property owners should be advised that they are responsible for the maintenance of stormwater drainage through their properties. Should the property owners be unable to agree to perform the improvements required to solve the flooding problem the township may wish to initiate the work as a public improvement through the ditch petition process. The additional study needed to determine the most appropriate solution would be performed as a part of this process.


Westview Estates Drainage Improvements

Westview Estates is a subdivision that was platted prior to the County regulations requiring property owner assessments for maintenance of stormwater facilities. The streets were laid out with open roadside ditches and driveway culverts but over the years many of the roadside ditches have been eliminated by yard grading and by the installation of drain tiles in the ditches. Now there are areas where water ponds after rainfalls due to the lack of good roadside drainage. The standing water is a nuisance and it causes premature deterioration of the street pavement. Portions of the ditch tiles are not functioning properly and drive pipes need to be replaced. The township had considered installing storm sewers along the roads but after this office completed preliminary plans and a cost estimate the project became stalled due to budget restraints. Currently the township has requested that the County Engineer prepare plans for the replacement of the drive culverts and restoration of the roadside ditches. The major portion of this project can be accomplished within the road right-of-way as a road improvement project however as design work progresses it may be found that there are also deficiencies in pipes that carry the stormwater away from the roads on private property also require work. Should this be the case the property owners will either need to agree to pay the cost for the work on their property or the improvements will need to be implemented utilizing the ditch petition procedure wherein the construction and maintenance costs are assessed based upon the benefits and the County assumes the responsibility for their construction and maintenance. This project’s scope will require a significant design effort that is considerably greater than normally provided by this office for maintenance of roadways. Our current work schedule is such that completion of plans and specifications may take several years. If this timeframe is not acceptable to the township we can entertain a township request to utilize the services of an engineering consultant for this work with an agreement that the township will pay the costs of such services.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:28