Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Changes Its Story On Plans To Save Horseshoe Lake


When did the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District change gears to “my way or the highway” when it comes to Horseshoe Lake?

For months, they claimed their plan costs less and is more effective at dealing with flood control and stormwater than the plan presented by Friends of Horseshoe Lake. If only FOHSL had a viable option that addressed these security issues, they claimed, they would consider changing course.

FOHSL heard NEORSD’s concerns and recently presented an alternative plan to the Cleveland Heights City Council. This plan costs less than the sewer district’s, meets their requirements, and saves Horseshoe Lake.

Now the sewer district is moving the goal posts again. It is no longer enough for the alternative plan to meet the objectives set out above. They change the terms after the fact, saying “funding will be withdrawn for any alternative design” that will save Horseshoe Lake.

After hearing several residents urge council to consider an alternate design that protects Horseshoe Lake, NEORSD should not withhold funding from a plan just because it was not theirs.

Their reasoning for destroying the lake is hollow. It’s time for our officials to hold the sewer district accountable and urge them to consider the plan to save the lake.

Hal Madorsky,

Agitator heights

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