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Salem cannot afford to delay drainage study much longer

May 16, 2011
Morning Journal News

Time is running out for Salem to deal with its stormwater drainage study mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ideas for funding the study have been bandied about between the city administration and the utilities committee, with the latest action being the appointment of a stormwater utilities committee for study.

The entire project is due to be completed by the end of 2012, so we hope the solutions won't sit around in committee too long.

Mayor Jerry Wolford proposed last month that the project be funded by reducing sewer rates, controlled by City Council, by $5 a month and placing the money into a separate "utility fund."

The $5 would not reduce customer bills, but the money would be shifted to a utility fund and the Utilities Department would absorb the cost and adjust the billing.

Wolford said money collected from the 5,383 customers inside the city would generate around $322,000 a year.

Wolford's plan sounds like a viable alternative and shouldn't be swept under the carpet, or left sitting in committee for further study. Time is running out.

 
 

 

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