North Olmsted has participated in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program through the Cuyahoga County Department of Development since 1975. The intent of the CDBG program is to provide funding for a wide range of housing and neighborhood improvement activities. Its goals are to encourage decent housing, foster a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate income. The project selection process is guided by the CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee. Public input regarding potential future projects is encouraged. Contact the Planning and Development Department with your ideas for community development.
The City has been successful in obtaining funding through the CDBG Program for a variety of planning and infrastructure improvement projects. Recent projects include:
2011 – Country Club Boulevard Streetscape Project
The City was awarded a $350,000 grant to make streetscape improvements to Country Club Boulevard in the area between Lorain Road and Victoria Lane. The project includes physical improvements such as new crosswalks, sidewalk and curb ramp repair, and replacement of the center medians with landscape, brickscape, new lighting and decorative signage. Construction will begin in 2012.
2010 – Emergency Food Cupboard Relocation Project
The City was awarded a $150,000 grant to relocate the Oxcart Pantry from the basement of Old Town Hall to city property on Butternut Ridge Road. The building and site were completely renovated for this important community resource.
2009 – ADA Improvements to North Olmsted Senior Center, Community Cabin & North Olmsted Park
The City was awarded a $100,000 grant to remove architectural barriers to the various facilities which will improve the experience for residents and visitors using these facilities, encourage greater participation by seniors and persons with disabilities in programs and activities, and increase community awareness about the importance of accessibility and the requirements of the ADA.
OTHER COMMUNITY GRANT PROJECTS
EPA Awards City SWIF Grant for City Hall Stormwater Project
The City of North Olmsted has been awarded a $196,028 grant from the Ohio Environmental Agency for the purpose of funding the City Hall Pavers and Bioretention Project. The Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) was created in 2008 with the passage of Ohio House Bill 119 and authorizes the Ohio EPA to provide grant funding to applicants such as local governments, park districts, conservation organizations, and others.
Uncontrolled stormwater runoff resulting from increased development is the cause of flooding, erosion, and pollution in our waterways. Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow events does not infiltrate the ground. As more impervious surfaces such as pavement and roof areas replace natural green spaces, there is less infiltration resulting in more runoff. As stormwater flows over the ground, it picks up debris, chemicals, and pollutants that can contaminate our drinking and recreational water supply.
While development is necessary for a growing population, it can be accomplished sustainably and economically through proper planning, design, and practice. Stormwater management is an integral part of sustainable development, and decentralized methods that imitate nature are the preferred methods.
This project involves replacing existing pavement within the City Hall parking lot with permeable pavers and a bioretention swale. The system of permeable pavers and bioretention swale will allow stormwater to permeate the ground surface. Runoff from an initial rainfall is commonly referred to as the "first flush" because it releases and transports pollutants that have been sitting on the surface, therefore containing the highest concentration of pollutants. The system of permeable pavers and bioretention will have sufficient capacity to store runoff allowing pollutants to be filtered, settled out of the runoff, and absorbed by the surrounding soil and plant life. In addition, the extended drain time will allow runoff to infiltrate the ground, recharging the ground water system, thereby imitating the natural cycle.
Our Environment: Everyone's Responsibility
As this project moves forward updates and photos will be posted here. Please stop back to follow the progress. The City will invite school science classes to use the project as an educational activity in and out of the classroom. This may involve an onsite learning laboratory prepared by the City Engineer or a display or presentation for the classroom. Residents can also implement storm water improvements at home through the installation of permeable pavers, rain gardens, rain barrels, and other means.
To learn more about environmental stewardship, visit these websites:
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Energy Efficiency Grant Projects
Energy Conservation Master Plan
The City of North Olmsted was awarded $65,000 through the Cuyahoga County Municipal Energy Grant Program. The funds were used to engage URS Corporation who was tasked with delivering an energy assessment report of municipally owned buildings and facilities for the purpose of improving the energy efficiency of these facilities, identifying energy conservation measures (ECMs), reducing energy consumption, lowering total energy costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting Energy Conservation Master Plan, completed in 2011, has already been a useful tool to the City as capital improvements have been made to various City buildings.
North Olmsted Facilities Energy Conservation Project
The City of North Olmsted was awarded nearly $270,000 through the NOPEC Powering Our Communities program, a grant program aimed at funding capital improvements to municipal buildings and infrastructure that result in measurable energy savings. The funds will be used for lighting replacement, HVAC upgrades and window replacement at City Hall, the North Olmsted Senior Center and Community Cabin. The project will conclude in 2012.