Water System Expansion Project

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Project Background

As aging water well systems need repairs or replacement, residents ask if they can connect to the City’s water system and have fire hydrants installed. The City formed an Ad-Hoc Committee to study the feasibility of bringing water to underserved areas.

What is this Initiative?

Hudson is offering to pay 25% of the waterline construction costs in the areas identified, should your neighborhood decide to participate in this program. In addition, you would be solely responsible for the costs to connect from your house to the new waterline.

This is a volunteer program. Only in neighborhoods where 60% of property owners sign a petition agreeing to be assessed on their property taxes for the cost of the waterline construction (per Codified Ordinance 1018.04) would the waterline project move forward.

Areas Identified for this Program

Five areas were identified that were close to the City's current water system that potentially could be connected with City of Hudson water. These areas include (refer to Maps in righthand column):

  • Area 1 (Londonairy Blvd., Bridgewater Blvd., Bersham Dr., Oldham Way Neighborhoods)
  • Area 2 (Towbridge Dr., Port Chester Dr., Cheshire Dr., Wilshire Dr. Neighborhoods)
  • Area 3 (Nicholson Dr., Williamsburg Cir., Independence Dr. Neighborhoods)
    • City is investigating outside grant opportunities for a new "trunk" water main on Nicholson Drive. Open House to be held at a later date.
  • Area 4 (Sunset Dr., Barlow Rd., Carriage Hill Dr., Argyle Dr., Arbutus Dr. Neighborhoods)
    • Petition forms mailed out; due back no later than Thursday, March 14, 2024.
  • Area 5 (Glen Echo Dr., Kings Way, Pinebrooke Dr., Elmcrest Dr., and Ravenna Street)
    • Open House: Thursday, February 29, 2024; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; City Hall, 1140 Terex Road - Lower Level

Why Connect to City Water?

  • Access to reliable potable water and fire hydrants.
  • Potential for reduced homeowner insurance rates.
  • Potential for increased property values.

Why Was My Neighborhood Selected?

The five neighborhoods listed above were selected due to their proximity to the water treatment plant and existing infrastructure

How Do I Participate

The City will use a Standard Assessment Petition Process, where residents would sign a petition if they are interested in City water.

What if My Neighborhood Wants the Waterline, but I Want to Keep My Well?

You, along with all property owners in your designated area, would be assessed for the cost of constructing the waterline if 60% sign the petition, but you are not required to tie-in to the new line. Homeowners will need to initiate the tap-in process at their own expense. However, per Ordinance 1018.04, should your well fail at any time in the future after the waterline is installed, you would be required to tap-in to City water at that time.

Special Assessment Petitions

Traditionally water mains are installed by the developer, not the City. Those who want to connect to the City's water system are responsible for the cost for new water main installations. The City has a “Special Assessment Petition” that is outlined in Hudson Codified Ordinance 1018.04, to help owners and neighborhoods pay for expensive water main extension projects or other improvements. Under the Special Assessment Petition, property owners who want the City to install new public infrastructure like water mains sign a petition to have the City review and approve the request for design and construction of the project. After construction of the improvement is complete, the owners are then assessed for all the project costs. The assessment is placed on an owner’s property taxes and paid for over an extended period of time, such as 20 years.

What Will It Cost Homeowners?

The City's assessment process, per Ordinance 1018.04, requires residents to pay 100% of the cost to run a new waterline in front of their homes. With this special program, residents would pay 75% of that construction cost, with the City paying 25%. You would be responsible for 100% of the cost for constructing the line from your house and tapping into the new waterline in the street. The tap-in costs for construction are estimated to be around $10,000.

Public Engagement

The City will be reaching out to all property owners in the five designated areas with more information and the steps for completing a Special Assessment Petition. We will also hold public meetings for each of the five areas to discuss the project and answer questions you might have. Feel free to ask questions in the "Questions?" tab below and staff will get back to you with answers.

Upcoming Public Open Houses
Area 5 - (Glen Echo Dr., Kings Way, Pinebrooke Dr., Elmcrest Dr., and Ravenna Street)
Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Hall - Lower Level
1140 Terex Road

Next Steps

The City will begin with Area 1, and a public meeting is scheduled to meet with those homeowners. After that, we will meet with Area 2 homeowners, followed by Areas 3 through 5. Check back as we add the public meetings and more documents and information to this site. Be sure to sign up for updates, which we will provide by email as this effort moves forward.

Project Background

As aging water well systems need repairs or replacement, residents ask if they can connect to the City’s water system and have fire hydrants installed. The City formed an Ad-Hoc Committee to study the feasibility of bringing water to underserved areas.

What is this Initiative?

Hudson is offering to pay 25% of the waterline construction costs in the areas identified, should your neighborhood decide to participate in this program. In addition, you would be solely responsible for the costs to connect from your house to the new waterline.

This is a volunteer program. Only in neighborhoods where 60% of property owners sign a petition agreeing to be assessed on their property taxes for the cost of the waterline construction (per Codified Ordinance 1018.04) would the waterline project move forward.

Areas Identified for this Program

Five areas were identified that were close to the City's current water system that potentially could be connected with City of Hudson water. These areas include (refer to Maps in righthand column):

  • Area 1 (Londonairy Blvd., Bridgewater Blvd., Bersham Dr., Oldham Way Neighborhoods)
  • Area 2 (Towbridge Dr., Port Chester Dr., Cheshire Dr., Wilshire Dr. Neighborhoods)
  • Area 3 (Nicholson Dr., Williamsburg Cir., Independence Dr. Neighborhoods)
    • City is investigating outside grant opportunities for a new "trunk" water main on Nicholson Drive. Open House to be held at a later date.
  • Area 4 (Sunset Dr., Barlow Rd., Carriage Hill Dr., Argyle Dr., Arbutus Dr. Neighborhoods)
    • Petition forms mailed out; due back no later than Thursday, March 14, 2024.
  • Area 5 (Glen Echo Dr., Kings Way, Pinebrooke Dr., Elmcrest Dr., and Ravenna Street)
    • Open House: Thursday, February 29, 2024; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; City Hall, 1140 Terex Road - Lower Level

Why Connect to City Water?

  • Access to reliable potable water and fire hydrants.
  • Potential for reduced homeowner insurance rates.
  • Potential for increased property values.

Why Was My Neighborhood Selected?

The five neighborhoods listed above were selected due to their proximity to the water treatment plant and existing infrastructure

How Do I Participate

The City will use a Standard Assessment Petition Process, where residents would sign a petition if they are interested in City water.

What if My Neighborhood Wants the Waterline, but I Want to Keep My Well?

You, along with all property owners in your designated area, would be assessed for the cost of constructing the waterline if 60% sign the petition, but you are not required to tie-in to the new line. Homeowners will need to initiate the tap-in process at their own expense. However, per Ordinance 1018.04, should your well fail at any time in the future after the waterline is installed, you would be required to tap-in to City water at that time.

Special Assessment Petitions

Traditionally water mains are installed by the developer, not the City. Those who want to connect to the City's water system are responsible for the cost for new water main installations. The City has a “Special Assessment Petition” that is outlined in Hudson Codified Ordinance 1018.04, to help owners and neighborhoods pay for expensive water main extension projects or other improvements. Under the Special Assessment Petition, property owners who want the City to install new public infrastructure like water mains sign a petition to have the City review and approve the request for design and construction of the project. After construction of the improvement is complete, the owners are then assessed for all the project costs. The assessment is placed on an owner’s property taxes and paid for over an extended period of time, such as 20 years.

What Will It Cost Homeowners?

The City's assessment process, per Ordinance 1018.04, requires residents to pay 100% of the cost to run a new waterline in front of their homes. With this special program, residents would pay 75% of that construction cost, with the City paying 25%. You would be responsible for 100% of the cost for constructing the line from your house and tapping into the new waterline in the street. The tap-in costs for construction are estimated to be around $10,000.

Public Engagement

The City will be reaching out to all property owners in the five designated areas with more information and the steps for completing a Special Assessment Petition. We will also hold public meetings for each of the five areas to discuss the project and answer questions you might have. Feel free to ask questions in the "Questions?" tab below and staff will get back to you with answers.

Upcoming Public Open Houses
Area 5 - (Glen Echo Dr., Kings Way, Pinebrooke Dr., Elmcrest Dr., and Ravenna Street)
Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
City Hall - Lower Level
1140 Terex Road

Next Steps

The City will begin with Area 1, and a public meeting is scheduled to meet with those homeowners. After that, we will meet with Area 2 homeowners, followed by Areas 3 through 5. Check back as we add the public meetings and more documents and information to this site. Be sure to sign up for updates, which we will provide by email as this effort moves forward.

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    Are parts of Stone Road included in Area 5 since it is off of Ravenna Street?

    Jennifer Stone asked 7 days ago

    As portions of Stone Road are already served by Akron water, Stone Road is currently not under consideration of the Hudson Water System Expansion Study.    The current City study of expansion of Hudson’s waterlines is limited to Ravenna Street from S. Hayden Parkway to Stow Road, nearest to existing Hudson waterlines.    Extension of Hudson waterlines outside of the Hudson Water System may take place at a future date, yet to be determined.

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    Has the city applied for grants for the project so the homeowner doesn't bear the brunt of the cost? https://development.ohio.gov/community/economic-development/water-and-wastewater-infrastructure-grant The water rand wastewater infrastructure grant program ended 1/17/24. What other grants is the city pursuing? What other sources of revenue is the City considering? Can G.O. or revenue bonds be considered?

    Jo asked 24 days ago

    As part of the water modeling study that evaluated the water expansion to unserved properties, an evaluation of grant opportunities was conducted.  At that time, it was identified that Hudson would not score well enough to secure those funds.  Staff has contacted the Ohio Department of Development to further understand their grant process and to identify if Hudson would score well for this or other funding opportunities

     G.O. (general obligation) and revenue bonds are something the City could pursue; however, they would very likely carry a higher interest rate than rates through the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) or Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) which were utilized for the current Water Expansion Study costs presented to the public.

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    We urge that the city consider expanding sewer access instead. Septic systems seem to be a much more problematic experience in terms of owner cost, state required inspection and registration fees, pumping costs, limitations on property development and surface water mitigation, and replacement of systems. In comparison, my well costs me nothing but the salt I choose to add to my water softener and has worked reliably and cost free for almost a decade. Please consider expanding sewer!! Thank you for your labors to maintain and improve Hudson.

    Ruth Ann Hottel asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the City’s expansion of public infrastructure, specifically the sanitary sewer system near your property.  Based upon resident input, the City has heard similar request for expansion of other public infrastructure such as sidewalks, curbing, streetlights, stormwater systems, drinking water and sanitary sewer system.   As a portion of the Hudson water system is owned and operated by Hudson, it was selected for the on-going water expansion study.

    The City’s sanitary sewer system is owned and operated by the Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services (DSSS).     The City will consider expansion of the sewer system in the future, but this effort would need to be in collaboration with DSSS.  No timetable has been established for a future sewer system expansion study.  Currently, DSSS requires property owners to pay 100% of the costs associated with the new sewer.

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    We live in area 4. When will be able to vote no on the project? Also, the link for the final petition for area 2 is broken.

    Taxed too much.. asked 24 days ago

    The petition forms will be going out this week, early next week.  The link for area 2 has been fixed.

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    Where is the Hudson water treatment plant

    DWF asked 24 days ago

    The Hudson Water Treatment Plant is located at 572 W. Streetsboro Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

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    What's the Per Unit (Per Foot) estimated cost for the city to install the water mains? And what does that per unit cost include (4 ft trench, liner, 4" or 6" pipe, thrust block, sand backfill, asphalt patching, etc.)? No shallow rock concerns, correct?

    JBR asked 30 days ago

    The estimated per foot cost used for the construction cost estimate is approximately $300/foot and is based upon previous bid results for similar water main installation projects in Hudson and NE Ohio.  The cost includes all labor, material and equipment necessary for the installation of new 8” water mains, including bends, fittings, hydrants, blocking, backfill, restoration (grass and pavement areas), maintenance of traffic and incidental items associated with the project.     No detailed design including geotechnical exploration to identify subsurface soil conditions has been conducted at this time.  

     Other costs associated with the project include design, inspection and permitting.

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    Can I participate in the Open House for Area 4 remotely?

    Bob R asked about 1 month ago

    The Open House is not designed in a manner that allows for remote access/interaction.  However, staff is available to answer any questions you may have via phone call or by setting up an in-person meeting at your convenience.  Our office can be reached at (330) 342-1770 or engineering@hudson.oh.us.

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    Did the section 3 meeting already happen? I see the results posted for 1 & 2 and looks like section 4 has their meeting on February 7th, but don't recall seeing anything for 3.

    Chris U. asked about 1 month ago

    Area 3 includes Nicholson Drive, Independence Drive and surrounding streets between W. Streetsboro Rd and Barlow Rd.  The City is investigating outside grant opportunities for a new “trunk” water main on Nicholson Drive.   This trunk line would reinforce the existing water distribution system and due to its larger diameter, costs more than other Areas of expansion.  Consequently, Area 3’s public input meeting has been rescheduled for a later date.

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    What is a typical water analysis result for Hudson water? What percentage of Hudson homes on Hudson water maintain water softeners?

    DWF asked about 1 month ago

    The average water hardness is 130 mg/L, iron is around . 1 mg/L and manganese is around . 02 mg/L. As for the percentage of homeowners maintaining a water softener it would be purely a personal decision based on desired softness.

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    Did the $10,000 estimate for tie in reflect connecting in an unfinished basement with unobstructed access to cinder block walls and ceiling joists?

    Greg J asked about 1 month ago

    The estimated cost for tie-ins is based upon average costs from contractors.  The cost does not include major basement wall, foundation or joist reconstruction.