Onondaga County taxpayers will be spending $2 million more this year on projects meant to keep rainwater from flooding the sewer system. The County Legislature approved the money for additional “Save the Rain” projects…even though the program has its own budget.
Onondaga County lawmakers are holding off for now on funding any new “Save the Rain” projects. The Ways and Means Committee met today to discuss plans for $2 million worth of ‘installation and infiltration’ projects—or INI’s—to manage rainfall in suburban communities.
Legislator Casey Jordan says the projects sound promising, but he wants to know what it will cost the County to collect each gallon of rainwater.
Several Westcott Street business owners say construction on the latest Save the Rain project in their neighborhood has brought business to a halt. Work began three weeks ago on the million dollar project, which will narrow the road, add curbs and landscaping, plus replace sidewalks…all while keeping stormwater from overwhelming the sewer system.