CC Commissioners meet with Bucyrus Mayor about storm water retention
By John A. Lizotte
The Crawford County Commissioners met with Bucyrus City Mayor Roger Moore, representatives from the Fair Board, and Sanitary Engineer Lyn Makeever on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to discuss creating a storm water retention pond on the fair grounds.
Mayor Moore explained to the commissioners and the fair board that in years of heavy rain, the storm water runoff from the fairgrounds and surrounding area is greater than the storm water system in that area can handle. This results in flooding around the area of Sherwood Drive.
As Mayor Moore explained, “We need to bring everyone together on this to see what can be done. We need to include the city, the county, and the fair board. Let’s make this our project from the get-go.”
The Fair Board is more than willing to working with the city and county to put a retention pond on the fairgrounds. Their only concern is the exact location of the pond, and how it might affect their parking areas.
The first suggestion was to place the retention pond in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds near the current parking area. Although this is the lowest spot on the property, it may present a problem to locate the retention basin here because the storm sewer system in that area is closer to the surface than what would be optimum.
The discussion then centered on the southeast corner of the property. Although this area is higher in elevation, it would allow for a deeper retention pond, wouldn’t affect any grounds that are currently being used, and due to its elevation it would be easier to tie into the storm sewer system .
Commissioner Vermillion offered to investigate the possibility of applying for a grant from the State of Ohio under the Local Government Innovation Fund. The next deadline for applications is March 1, and the groups hope to be able to apply at that time.
In the spirit of cooperation, the Mayor said the city can start the preliminary feasibility studies. The commissioners will begin investigating the grant process. The Fair Board is willing to assist the process however they can.
Once the preliminary studies of current run-off amounts, storm water capacity, and the best location for the retention pond are completed, the three groups will meet again.