ORANGE — Village Council last week authorized Mayor Kathy Mulcahy to spend up to $50,000 to repair a section of Miles Road due to a recent water main break near Brainard Road.

According to Orange Service Director Bob Zugan, there have been a number of water main breaks on Miles Road between Naiman Parkway and Miles Farmers Market in the last few years. Half of the road is in Orange and the other half is in Solon, including the side with the Shoppes of Solon.

Mr. Zugan said that two water mains run under Miles Road. One runs under Orange’s side and it is a high pressure transmission line. The other line is a 12-inch line that has broken multiple times, and it runs under Solon’s side of the road. Mr. Zugan estimates that the water main is 50 to 60 years old.

The water main on Solon’s side of the road belongs to the Cleveland Division of Water and was repaired by Cleveland on Sept. 1, but the road is expected to reopen later this week.

“The village is concerned about the frequency of breaks, the cost that it takes to repair them, what is causing all of the breaks, and what can be done to prevent them,” Mr. Zugan said.

Orange Village is part of a water service agreement with Cleveland water, and Solon is not, he said.

When a line belonging to Cleveland breaks, the Division of Water will fix the line and an 8-by-6 foot area of the road above the break, Mr. Zugan said. When Orange has paid to fix its part of Miles Road due to waterline damage, Cleveland Division of Water reimburses the village.

Orange also will ask for reimbursement for the break that occurred last week.

Mr. Zugan said that the village also asked for $13,343 in July for a break that occurred in June and has not yet been reimbursed.

“I haven’t brought this up to the mayor of Solon because we’ve been reimbursed by the Cleveland Water Department every time. If there’s a hiccup with that, then there’s another level of negotiation that needs to take place,” Mayor Mulcahy said. “It’s their waterline imposing on our road, and I don’t think we should be holding back.”

The discussion at last week’s council meeting focused on the number of repairs on Miles Road and the continued damage that the breaks have caused.

“It’s going to require more conversations with Cleveland Water to figure out how we’re going to proceed and correct these problems and prevent them in the future,” Mr. Zugan said.

Orange officials said they plan to continue talks with Solon as well.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike, Orange and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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