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Stow-Munroe Falls selects new superintendent

Today is June 6, 2024.

  • Good morning! We’re in for a typical late-spring day today: A high of 77, low of 56, intervals of clouds and sunshine, with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm, mainly later. Then a cool weekend for this time of year is on the way, with lows dipping into the high 40s by Monday. That blanket of heat and humidity hasn’t descended on us … yet.

  • MUNROE FALLS PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: A special public meeting to discuss changes to the city’s stormwater rates will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 in Council Chambers (upstairs) at Munroe Falls City Hall, located at 43 Munroe Falls Ave. The meeting is open to the community. According to a June 5 post on Facebook by Council Member Ross Widenor, among the proposed changes, “the residential fee would increase from a flat rate of $3/month to $5/month.” A copy of the full ordinance (Ordinance 2024-04) is posted at City Hall, the post office and Peoples Bank.

  • We’re closing in on July 4th season — which means fireworks season in our neighborhoods. So now is a good time to brush up on fireworks laws. The City of Stow’s Codified Ordinance prohibits loud noises between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. any day of the week or weekend throughout the year. For the July 4th holiday period, Stow residents may discharge consumer-grade fireworks from 4 to 11 p.m. June 28-30 and from 4 to 11 p.m. July 3-7. Have fun, but be careful out there — The Spotlight doesn’t want to have to do stories about anyone losing fingers and hands.

  • Speaking of ordinances, the city reminds residents that all dogs must be leashed in Stow unless you are inside the designated dog park area at Bow Wow Beach or the dog is confined to a property. The Stow Police Department is monitoring the situation.

  • And speaking of July 4th, if you want to be in the Stow Fourth of July Parade, you have through Friday, June 7 to sign up. Registration closes after that day. Go here to register and for more information. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4 from the Target plaza parking lot and travels down Kent Road, ending just west of Holy Family.

  • The Spotlight has a new feature called “Reader Spotlight,” where you can send us your comments, concerns and suggestions on anything going on in our communities of Stow, Munroe Falls and Silver Lake. Send your email to [email protected], put “Reader Spotlight” in the subject line, and please include your name and town. We will publish comments as we receive them.

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Silver Lake

It’s project time: Replacement of the village’s lead service lines starts this month

Mayor Therese Dunphy talked about it in her State of the Village address, and now the time is here: The Village of Silver Lake has requested $564,388 from the Ohio Water Supply Revolving Loan Account for its Lead Service Line Replacement Project. Construction to replace lead service lines in the village’s water distribution system is scheduled to begin this month and last about four months.

Here’s the reason for the project:

  • The village purchases its water from the City of Cuyahoga Falls and maintains its own water and sewer systems for its 2,519 residents.

  • A portion of the distribution system has older public water lines that are comprised of lead.

  • Lead in drinking-water lines poses a potential risk to residents’ health.

The project will consist of:

  • Replacing approximately 80 lead service lines in Silver Lake’s distribution system.

  • Line replacement will take place primarily on public service lines.

  • One private line comprised of galvanized material will also be replaced.

Work for the project will be restricted to between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and include temporary traffic controls. The village will also arrange for traffic safety measures, erosion control measures, restoration of all areas, and spoil disposal. Water service to some areas will be temporarily shut off during pipe replacement.

The village will notify any impacted residents by letter prior to construction and again by going door-to-door during construction.

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