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Official: Lorain County needs to extend sewer service to Columbia Township

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ELYRIA — The county commissioners approved entering into a agreement with Cuyahoga County for sanitary sewer service for a new subdivision in Columbia Township, but the county administrator said he hopes the county can offer sewer service of its own in the future there.

The commissioners unanimously approved the agreement that will allow Cuyahoga County to provide sewer service to the Autumn Grove subdivision, which is a new 39-lot subdivision on the south side of Sprague Road.

“We don’t currently have a sewer on Sprague,” County Administrator Jim Cordes said. “It’s one of the areas that I believe is very highly desirable to have sewers. If you look at the north side of Sprague Road, you’ll see some snappy development going on.”

Cordes said Sprague Road acts as a boundary between the two counties, as the north side is part of Cuyahoga County, while the south side is Lorain County.

“The north side is really seeing a boom and has been for quite a little while,” he said. “There’s a lot of apartments and good development. I would say even high-end development. If you come to the south side of Sprague Road, you’ll have a sprinkling of homes on larger lots because there’s really no sewers going down Sprague Road on the south side.”

The county was able to arrange for the “pocket development” to go in on the Lorain County side of Sprague Road in Columbia Township by tapping into the sewer on the north side of the road, but Cordes said “it’s not the preferred method” and “we want to have a sewer down there.”

If Lorain County does eventually get a sewer system on Sprague Road, the agreement stipulates the Autumn Grove subdivision will have to disconnect from the Cuyahoga County sewer and tap into Lorain County.

“Eventually, I would like to see a full-blown sewer go down Sprague Road so that the northern end there can properly develop,” Cordes said. “Plus, as much as everybody hates this, you’re going to see pressure on annexation without sewers. If Cuyahoga can offer the sewer service, then clearly land developers will want to annex into Cuyahoga County.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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