MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS Residents at Bagley Road and West 130th Street have spoken — they will tie in to the sanitary sewer system scheduled for installation as part of the county’s upcoming Bagley Road widening project.
Starting in April 2014, the county will spend $23 million to widen Bagley Road from West 130th Street in Middleburg Heights to York Road in Parma. The two cities will proportionally share the cost to build a pump station on the Parma side to provide a sanitary sewer hookup.
Residents will cover the cost to tie in to the sewer.
During a caucus in early June, residents of 13 households in the affected area were briefed about their options: choosing to continue using their septic systems and face regulations from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, or tie in to the pump station and upgrade to sanitary sewers.
Members from 10 of the 13 households signed a petition in favor of connecting to the sanitary sewer.
On June 25, City Council passed legislation authorizing the county to proceed with the project and include hookups to the sanitary sewer. The legislation also authorized the city, along with the city of Parma and Cuyahoga County, to accept a state grant of $120,000 per year from the state to help offset the tie-in costs to residents.
“Aside from a few households we were unable to get a hold of, the responses we got were positive about the upgrades,” Service Director James Herron said. “We believe this is the best long-term solution for the community.”