Residents Raise Concerns Over Removal of LeFever Dam

River Estates residents spoke up at Monday night's Cuyahoga Falls City Council Committee meeting to find out how their properties could be affected by the dam removal.

Some folks around town aren’t so enthusiastic about the proposed Cuyahoga River dam deconstruction project that could get the green light by as early as next week.

During the Cuyahoga Falls City Council committee meeting on Monday night, a handful of residents from the River Estates development voiced their concerns over how their surrounding neighborhood and its recreation opportunities could be affected, particularly with the removal of the LeFever Dam near Samira’s Restaurant.

Shannon Carneal, the project manager of RiverReach Construction, said the removal of the dam would drain the man made pool that stretches to Water Works Park.

Pontoon boats would most likely be a thing of the past, and kayaks would be the preferred choice for recreation enthusiasts, said public service director, Valerie Wax Carr.

Cuyahoga Falls City Engineer Tony Demasi told the residents to expect a narrowing of the river alongside the development, and said the water's elevation could dip by a couple feet.

However, he said the changes shouldn’t be too dramatic and dispelled claims that the river could dry up.

“There will always be water in the river,” said Demasi. “I don’t recall it ever drying up."

Since river waters will recede, residents -- whose properties abut the riverbed -- asked whether or not their land would expand.

Law director Paul Janis said residents can refer to their deeds on whether or not their property lines will stay as is or push forward by several feet.

If all goes as planned, the dam ordinance should be passed by the Cuyahoga Falls City Council next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium.

John Deike March 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Do you live nearby Water Works Park or in the River Estates development? I'd like to read what you have to say. Please leave your comments below on the removal of the LeFever Dam.
Earl Elevant March 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It's interesting to wonder: If the property lines don't expand down to the new waterline, that makes it public property, right? That means all the people with riverfront property might have to deal with the public walking down the river, between the end of their backyards and the edge of the river. They won't be happy, but the rest of us will. Wonder what this is costing CF though... No one has mentioned a cost to the city that I've seen.
John Deike March 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Afternoon, Earl. It will cost $1 million, but that will be covered by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Suey May 07, 2013 at 04:58 PM
We just want to know what Klaben is building at the entrance to our neighborhood. I heard it's going to be a canoe livery!!!! Awful lot of money being spent for some canoe storage.


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