Silver Lake -- Following two lot owner meetings on Aug. 17 during which many people expressed concerns about a $500,000 project slated to start after Labor Day, the Silver Lake Estates Board of Trustees is modifying the plans.
The entire project was set to start after Labor Day, but Richard Lubinski, chairman of the Board of Trustees, told the Falls News-Press on Thursday that the plan is "being revisited" to "address the concerns of some of the lot owners that attended the two public meetings."
The Board's website stated the trustees on Aug. 18 discussed the feedback they received and are breaking the project into phases during the next couple of years "with the highest priority needs first."
The message on the trustees' website stated a water shed or water quality element may be added to the parking lot and/or parking repairs. The trustees noted they have not obtained bids or a loan and added they are planning to have a modified plan prepared by late September.
The next Silver Lake Estates Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. and is tentatively slated to occur at the Church in Silver Lake.
Mike Walker, a member of the Estates' Board of Trustees, on Aug. 17 said the trustees were planning to replace/repair the parking lot at Silver Lake Estates Park, replace the retaining wall between the boathouse and the swim dock, replace the timber lake seawall at the park's north end with a concrete seawall and replace the timber surrounding all picnic pods with uni-lock type landscape blocks. Two of the pods would be modified to be ADA compliant. An initial plan to create a new ADA accessible picnic pod has now been dropped, according to Lubinski. None of the pods are currently ADA accessible, said Walker.
The project is expected to cost $537, 540, with the parking lot work costing $130,857, the boathouse retaining wall costing $111,210, the north seawall costing $73,432, the picnic pods costing $183,942, and engineering/project management costing $30,120. These projections are based on engineering estimates, according to Walker, who added actual figures will be based on the bids the trustees receive.
The cost of the project would be paid with $100,000 in cash from the Silver Lake Estates' Trust account, and with a $400,000 loan that will be financed during the next five years "via annual average assessment increase" of $188 per year per lot, according to information provided by the trustees.
The residents who attended the meeting on Aug. 17 expressed concerns about the increased assessments, as well as not being part of the plans for the project. Some felt that some of the planned improvements necessitated the approval of a substantial number of the lot owners.
See the Aug. 28 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.