Shupe land flooding plan gets final council OK

By Jason Hawk -

Tearing down Shupe Elementary won’t halt a $270,000 plan to create a retention pond on the property.

The 0.2-acre pond aims to combat flooding problems.

Two votes, cast within two hours of each other Monday by Amherst city council and the board of education, gave final approval for the project.

Council members were assured the pond’s location and effect won’t be diminished by demolition of the old Shupe building later this year.

Aaron Appell of Bramhall Engineering has said the four-foot-deep basin will slow down water leaving Beaver Creek and limit erosion problems. It should also stem basement flooding headaches endured by Shupe’s neighbors.

It is to be located on the northern edge of the land, where there is already a drainage ditch.

School officials made numerous references to how the project will affect the sale value of the property for development.

However, the manner in which the land could be used is questionable. Appell said last year that a city sanitary sewer line runs through the area, which is also in a 500-year flood plain — both would limit what developers can do in the residential-zoned neighborhood.

Funding for the pond come from the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

The organization is required to finance water control projects as an offset for the runoff issues the turnpike causes.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk