Public Meeting Notice

February, 2012

I would like to inform you of some of the details regarding necessary improvements and expansion that the City of Euclid is being required to undertake by the United States Environmental Projection Agency “EPA” to our waste water sewer treatment facility. Although some of the specifics of the project are still being determined, I believe it is important to inform you of the significance of this project and the costs associated with it.

The water treated at our waste water facility must meet limits set out by the EPA before being discharged into Lake Erie. With older treatment systems, including ours, storms can overwhelm the collection and treatment system and lead to untreated or partially treated waste being discharged into the lake. Our city has been working on a number of projects to eliminate the sources of the untreated or partially treated wastes, but we have reached the point in our negotiations with the EPA where major changes in the collection system and treatment plant will be required.

While we share our facility with other cities and they pay a proportionate share of the cost of improvements, an increase in the sewer rate over the next several years is necessary to pay the cost of the mandatory improvements. To accomplish the improvement plan, the city will need to spend in excess of $100 million over the next 15 years. What this means for a typical residential customer is an increase in your sewer bill of approximately $10 a month. Your sewer charge is billed quarterly within your water bill. You should know that even with a rate  ncrease, your cost will be considerably less than customers within communities serviced by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Two public meetings have been scheduled which will review the project and rate increase. The meetings are scheduled at the Euclid Municipal Center, located at 585 East 222nd Street on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00 am and Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

Let me assure you that city leaders diligently have and will continue to work on this project and are mindful of the impact it will have today and in the years to come.

Sincerely,
Mayor Bill Cervenik