Summary Notes from FOBC Steering Committee Meeting, December 7, 2010 at the FOBC Office, 4352 Pearl Rd.
Prior to the meeting FOBC hosted an open house to showcase the new office and meeting space and recent projects and accomplishments.
Mr. Gardin provided copies of the a December 2, 2010 Sun News article about the Big Creek Balanced Growth Plan, titled “Controlling storm water seen as key to land redevelopment.”
Update on Selected Projects
Big Creek Balanced Growth Watershed Management Plan
Mr. Gardin and Ms. Stasek joined CRCPO's Mr. White as he presented the Plan to municipalities. Mr. White was complimented on the excellent presentations. The five communities representing over 95% of the watershed’s land area, have officially supported the plan. Support from the City of North Royalton is anticipated in the near future.
Big Creek Stormwater Retrofit Ranking Project
Parkview Elementary/Parma High School Native Wildflower Restoration Project
Application was submitted to the Cleveland Metroparks Cans for Conservation Fund for funds in the amount of $720.50. If received, the funds would be used to implement this project in 2011. Garrett Ormiston, CMNH, was thanked for his assistance in the development of this project.
Evergreen Lake, Parma
Mr. Gardin and Ms. Stasek attended an Oct. 27 meeting with the residents of the area that featured Dr. Bob Davic, a former Ohio EPA specialist and current water quality consultant. Dr. Davic recommended applying alum to address the excessive nutrients in the Lake over the expense and impact of an aeration system. The matter will be reviewed from other agencies and water quality professionals.
Outreach and Education
- Bellaire-Puritas Neighborhood Summit – Oct. 27
The goal is to conserve and restore the native habitat ( A future analysis of the area’s habitat is anticipated) in the approx. 3 acre double lot. Contractual materials are near signing. Once the agreement is signed FOBC will have 365 days to obtain the funds to purchase the property at the negotiated price of about $70,000 plus about $5000 in related costs.
Fundraising needs/planning for early 2011
Funding needed for property acquisition in 2011. Several suggestions were discussed and a subcommittee of Ms. Knall, Ms. Kuula, Mr. Cznadel and Mr. Petro was formed to plan events.
Porcelain berry invasive problem at Metroparks Brookside Reservation
Mr. Petro suggested an event to remove vines from the base of the hillside late Jan. or early Feb. 2011. He will work with Cleveland Metroparks' Ms. Albers to organize; FOBC will recruit volunteers and provide refreshments.