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NEORSD customers will see stormwater fee added to bills in July

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: August 3, 2016 12:00 AM

Nordonia Hills -- Residents who are customers of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District saw an increase in their bill in July.

The new Regional Stormwater Management Fee is based on the amount of impervious surface on a customer's property, according to NEORSD.

The average monthly fee for the Regional Stormwater Management Program is $5.15 per month and should remain the same through 2021, according to district spokesperson Jennifer Elting.

Customers, and those who live in the Brandywine watershed and receive a separate bill from NEORSD, can call NEORSD at 216-881-8247, or visit www.neorsd.org/FindMyFee with questions or to determine what the fee will be for them.

The Regional Stormwater Management Program is designed to address flooding, streambank erosion and water quality issues throughout much of Northeast Ohio.

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The money collected will pay for stormwater-related construction projects and maintenance in NEORSD's entire service area in the Lake Erie watershed, Elting stated in an email.

"We are doing more maintenance right now, as the program just stared back up," Elting said.

NEORSD has scheduled a Stormwater Credit Workshop Aug. 23 in Summit County at Happy Days Lodge on Route 303 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The workshop will include presentations and displays of best practices.

The Ohio Supreme Court in last September ruled in favor of the NEORSD's appeal concerning the Regional Stormwater Management Program.

The Sewer District, under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6119 and its founding charter, is not only authorized to manage stormwater, but may impose a fee for that purpose, the court ruled.

Hudson, Macedonia, Northfield Village, Richfield Village and Sagamore Hills Township approved a settlement agreement with NEORSD in 2012, agreeing to a stormwater fee with a portion of the money collected to be used on projects in their communities.

They were not part of the appeal the high court was asked to decide, but the collection of the stormwater fee was suspended during the appeal process.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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