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Submitted by Susan Miller on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 17:06.
OK, here we go again - NEORSD is jacking up the rates customers will pay for gray infrastructure without suggesting softpath solutions: Northeast Ohio Sewer bills are about to go even higher
I have written about this here at realneo and at Green City Blue Lake for years. Is there anybody out there?
It continues to be a topic in the posts of others here:
It's been written about on Green City Blue Lake
But no one seems to be hearing that Ohio will be the last - probably the very last state in the nation to change their stupid ordinances and allow, encourage and direct homeowners and business owners to DISCONNECT THEIR DOWNSPOUTS!!!
It's workforce development, I know it is. Let's give more money to the NEORSD to build more deep storage tunnels when we could let the earth do what it is designed to do (as other cities have) FILTER WATER. No, no, we prefer to pay and pay and pay - Whatever you want NEORSD - You have a problem? Let us cover the cost of fixing it --- Oh I feel so magnaimous! My wallet is swelling (or is that shrinking?) with magnanimity! Can I bow and scrape even lower? Let me see...
Why oh why should residents and small businesses pay for the large paved areas like the gigunda parking lot at Stealyard Commons or Bitchwood Place or Lunacy Village or Crock of ___ Park, dead malls and abandoned parking lots throughout our region? Why? You may think that it is OK that your sewer bill, which is based on your water bill makes sense, but it doesn't. If you could divert the 700 gallons that runs from your roof in a 1 inch rainfall, you'd be keeping a lot of water out of the combined sewers and if we had a stormwater utility, you'd be saving a lot, too. But NOOOOOO, NEORSD can't do that high level math - reducing your bill because you disconnected your downspout or have a gravel drive or installed permeable pavers. That is way too complex, I guess. I think we must have a failure to do math (maybe it's lead poisoning) that we have to be the very last in line to get with the program of the concept of a storm water utility. If you don't believe me after you have read through all the stuff posted in the links above and want a "professional" opinion here it is: Paying for Stormwater - David Beach
Stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows are a huge insidious problem, but let property owners assist and lower not only their bills, but the stress on an aging sewer system. I urge you again to question this. The sustainability czar of Cleveland seemed interested, but I hear nothing of it - downspout disconnection ordinances were to be changed in Cleveland last April.
Just looked it up:
369.15 Maintenance of Exterior Walls and Roof
(a) All exterior walls of every dwelling, secondary and appurtenant structure shall be maintained weathertight and shall be maintained so as to resist decay or deterioration from any cause.
In order to insure maintenance of weathertight exterior walls resistant to decay or deterioration, all such walls shall be painted periodically or otherwise protected in the manner prescribed by regulations adopted as provided in Section 367.10, and in full compliance with such regulations.
(b) All roofs of every dwelling structure shall be maintained weathertight, devoid of leaks and shall be equipped with gutter and downspouts connected to a public storm sewer or combined storm and sanitary sewer.
Doesn't look changed to me. Check your local ordinances and let me know - disconnect or pour roofwater into the storm sewer?
Oh, give the people a break, will ya? Give the river and lake a break, too. We know NEORSD has enough to deal with without our roof water added to the sewage mix. Yes, I am frustrated. Sorry.