Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Residents will see a small increase on their bill.
Brecksville residents will soon see a new fee on their bills from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. The new fee is for the district’s stormwater management program. Brecksville and other cities have been fighting the new fee for the past couple of years, but the district is moving forward with its plans. David Matty, law director for the city of Brecksville, said the cities are still appealing the decision. The case originally went to trial in 2011. Brecksville officials were opposed to the new fee for a few reasons. One was that the city has taken a lot of steps to control stormwater on its own. Matty said he doesn’t expect any action to be taken by the 8th District Court of Appeals until the spring. In the meantime, the new …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Brecksville Police report that a number of city streets are closed. Here is the list of closed streets as of 9:15 a.m. If you know of any that are missing, leave them in the comments. There are almost 2,000 customers in Brecksville without power, according to FirstEnergy. Police dispatch only knew of one traffic light that was out—state Route 21 and Wallings Road—but if you know of more, leave them in the comments. If you come across a traffic light that is out, treat it like a four-way stop. The Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center are closed today. Stautzenberger College’s morning classes are canceled. According to its website, all day classes are now canceled, but the evening classes will still …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A few spots in the parks in Brecksville are already closed because of the rain.
There are already a few trouble spots closed because of flooding, according to the Brecksville Police. They are: Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring more rain and high winds to the area. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch that began Sunday night and will last until Tuesday evening. There is a high wind warning expected to begin at noon on Monday and last until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. There is also a lakeshore flood warning that will begin at noon on Monday. Learn more about the advisories and ways to stay safe here. Brecksville’s Emergency Preparedness manual, which can be found on the city’s website, includes safety suggestions for flooding. Don't drive through a flooded area or drive around road barriers. And stay away from …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
That area often floods, and the gates will prevent people from driving through.
The city is moving forward with plans to put permanent gates at Riverview and Vaughn roads. The gates would discourage drivers from trying to use the road when it is closed for flooding, a common occurrence whenever it rains in Brecksville. Mayor Jerry N. Hruby announced the plan last December, after a heavy rain left a driver stranded. The city’s Service Department will be building and installing the gates this fall, Director of Public Services Ron Weidig told City Council at Tuesday’s meeting. Council approved a purchase requisition for about $3,500 for supplies. Weidig said that when the city has closed the road off in the past, people would often drive around and get stuck in the rushing water. These gates will be secured in the …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The process should help alleviate flooding.
One of the projects to help control flooding in Chippewa Creek is scheduled to begin on Monday. City Engineer Gerald Wise said the company that was awarded the contract, J & J Enterprise Services, is scheduled to begin removing the stockpiles of debris in the river on Monday. There are piles of debris built up on both sides of the creek, Wise said. Residents along Chippewa Creek saw some severe flooding last year. Because most of the creek is private property, the city needed permission from the Army Corps of Engineers before it could take action. The city received that permission in March. The entire process should take about a week, Wise said. The contract was approved during the April 3 Council meeting and cost nearly $25,000.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The removal should help slow flooding problems along the creek.
The city has gotten permission to clear out debris in Chippewa Creek. Residents living along Chippewa Creek saw some serious flooding in 2011, and the city has been looking into what steps it can take to help alleviate the problem. The problem began for residents of Winding Creek condominiums in the 2006 flood, said Marge Putka, president of the condominiums’ association. And last year, the heavy rains led to more flooding for the residents. In July of 2011, Putka said the creek water came rushing into five units, displacing many residents for months while they paid for repairs to their homes. Water also flowed into garages, damaging vehicles. Putka said she thinks that if the city had dredged the creek and removed the debris, last year’s …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
“We are a town of small businesses,” Mayor Jerry N. Hruby said in his annual speech.
Brecksville has a few tough—but productive—years ahead, Mayor Jerry N. Hruby said in his State of the City speech Wednesday night at the Human Services Center. The city has stuck to its master plan throughout the years, forgoing big-box businesses for small retail, and Hruby said the plan will stay the same as the city looks to fill vacancies that will be left by the VA Medical Center and Giant Eagle. “We are a town of small businesses,” he said, encouraging business owners to approach the city government if they need help. Much of Hruby’s speech focused on economic and city development. Here are a few of the priorities he highlighted: Hruby also discussed a number of businesses with planned renovations, like the Shell gas station and St. …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The gates would help keep drivers out of the area when it’s flooded.
City officials are tired of worrying about drivers trying to get through the flooded path on Vaughn Road when it rains. So they plan to gate it off. Mayor Jerry N. Hruby told City Council members about the city’s plan to install gates on Vaughn Road that can be locked when the road floods during Tuesday’s meeting in City Hall. The road had flooded earlier on Tuesday after heavy rain, Hruby said, leaving a driver stranded and in need of rescue. Members of the service and fire departments were able to get the driver out of his or her car, but the car remained stuck as of Tuesday afternoon, said Director of Public Services Ron Weidig. Vaughn Road near Riverview Road floods often, and Hruby said people tend to either ignore the posted signs—…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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The Army Corps of Engineers visited in October.
The rain this year has been hard on Brecksville’s rivers, and the city has been working to find ways to stem the frequent flooding along Chippewa Creek. City officials have been meeting with representatives from Broadview Heights, North Royalton and the Metroparks, and the Army Corps of Engineers visited the city in October. City Engineer Gerald Wise gave a brief overview of the visit to members of City Council during their meeting on Tuesday. Wise said the trip took the corps through some areas of erosion, like the area near Larsen Lumber and Creekside Restaurant, and to Broadview Heights. It gave them an idea of the damage that had taken place over the years and of the homes near the waterway. Mayor Jerry N. Hruby had said at a previous …