Hudson -- Although the water department presented a performance management overview to Council July 14, the interest was in expansion.
City Manager Jane Howington said the day before, July 13, Cleveland water approached her about extending a water line along Chittenden Road, which is partially in Hudson and partially in the Village of Boston Heights and connects West Streetsboro Road with Boston Mills Road.
"Cleveland water asked us to consider a Hudson water line up Chittenden Road," Howington said. "There are a couple of benefits."
A Hudson water line already dead ends at Sky Zone, 6217 Chittenden Road in Boston Heights, Howington said. In addition, Reserve at River Oaks, a residential development on Boston Mills Road, requires a water line that would normally go through a swamp, which would be difficult and expensive. The line along Chittenden Road could provide the loop in the water line needed for Reserve at River Oaks and bypass the swamp.
The water in Cleveland area would be paid through customer assessments, and Hudson could recover the initial costs of approximately $2.5 million, Howington said.
Howington asked for approval of the concept only. Once residents petitioned for a water line, the city would discuss details with Council.
The city currently uses about half of its two-million gallon capacity, said Assistant City Manager for Operations Frank Comeriato.
Council member Alex Kelemen said if a business is only selling 50 percent, it looks at how to sell more.
"Water is essential for the 21st century as a utility," Kelemen said.
In a few weeks the city will present a plan for water lines in the city for possible expansion, Howington said, urging patience.
"We've done a lot of analysis of water in town," Howington said.
The city has gathered information on full build out, payback, rates, etc. and will present the information in a few weeks, she said.
"Anytime you suggest expansion, you have to be more methodical," Comeriato said. "It takes serious engineering."