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The NOACA Governing Board approved the addition of 15 projects to its long-range transportation plan. Eight of the projects are in Cuyahoga County, including the planned redecking of the I-480 bridge in Valley View and Independence.

The Plain Dealer profiled the couple that operates Brunty Farms in Bath Township, one of the 11 farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Countryside Initiative. The National Park Service is offering two more farms for lease, the Edgar Farm in Valley View and the Holland Farm in Boston Township. Proposals will be accepted until October 3.

The National Park Service selected Abcon Inc. of Youngstown to build the replacement Tinkers Creek Aqueduct on the Ohio & Erie Canal in Valley View. The $1.8 million project (PDF) will be funded by a federal stimulus grant.

FEMA awarded a $1.17 million grant to the Village of Valley View to protect houses from Cuyahoga River flooding. Thirteen homeowners are eligible to use the funds from FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program to elevate their houses. The grant will cover 75% of the costs.

The Countryside Initiative is offering one farm for lease in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Edgar Farm in Valley View. The Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy will accept proposals through January 15.

The National Park Service completed (PDF) its environmental assessment for the proposed replacement of the Tinkers Creek Aqueduct in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It recommends the construction of a replacement aqueduct. The assessment's public comment period ends on November 29.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is conducting an environmental assessment for the second phase of the Tinkers Creek Aqueduct rehabilitation and replacement in Valley View. Phase 1, the construction of a pedestrian bridge and the routing of water through temporary pipes, was completed in 2007. The proposed phase 2 includes the installation of new aqueduct structure, and would be funded with $1 to $2 million of federal stimulus funds. The National Park Service will accept public comments until July 31.

Update: the Sun Courier has more details.

The Plain Dealer looked at the farms operated through the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and profiled the three newest farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. An additional farm will be available for lease later this year.

The Plain Dealer examined the 2007 Census of Agriculture's figures for the seven-county Greater Cleveland area. The region lost 100,000 acres farmland between 2002 and 2007, 20% of the total supply. Cuyahoga and Summit counties saw some the most rapid drops in Ohio, while Lorain and Medina counties experienced some of the state's highest losses of agricultural land.

The Edgar Farm in Valley View, one of the farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, will be offered for lease through the Countryside Initiative later this year.

Valley View officials say that their concerns about City View Center have been addressed by the recent settlement between shopping center owners and the Ohio EPA.

The Supplemental School Revenue Committee in Valley View agreed on a proposal for replacing lost income to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools caused by the move of Safeguard Properties. The agreement, which will be presented to Village Council, calls for sharing income taxes collected from the company.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting $100,000 Flood Risk Management Studies for the Cuyahoga River valley communities of Brooklyn Heights, Independence, Valley View, and Walton Hills. Congressman Kucinich said that the studies will create a better understanding of the causes of flooding and approaches to flood risk mitigation.

Mayor Westfall of Valley View formed the Supplemental School Revenue Committee. The committee is charged with finding ways to replace the loss of tax revenue to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools caused by the move of Safeguard Properties.

Valley View Village Council approved a tax break for a company it hopes will move from Brooklyn Heights. Mayor Procuk of Brooklyn Heights appears to have dropped his objections.

Update: Mayor Procuk said he has "cooled down a bit".

The mayor of Brooklyn Heights accused the mayor of Valley View of stealing a business by offering the company a tax break to relocate to Valley View. The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association approved a nonbinding no-poaching resolution in 2006. Valley View Village Council is scheduled to vote on the incentives on Tuesday.

Update: a Plain Dealer editorial encourages the public and local leaders to pressure Valley View officials to drop their plans.

Valley View officials are confident that stormwater controls at the Bridgeview Crossing shopping center under construction in neighboring Garfield Heights will prevent additional flooding in Valley View.

FEMA awarded the City of Valley View approximately $1 million through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The funds will be used to elevate up to 21 homes and for the acquisition and demolition of two others that have suffered repetitive flooding.

The Valley View Planning Commission approved plans for the Preserves at Hathaway Farm subdivision. An earlier proposal called for 23 homes on on 13.2 are site, but the approved design has 20 homes. The property is adjacent to the Kukoleck farmstead in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Superintendent John Debo hopes the development's impacts can be minimized.

15 people applied to operate the three available farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The owners of the Sports Dome (the former Golf Dome) in Valley View intend to replace the facility with a new building.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in conjunction with Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, is currently accepting proposals (PDF) for long-term leases of three farms in the Park: the 16 acre Martin Farm in Bath Township, the 10 acre Leyser Farm in Brecksville, and the 25 acre Gleeson Farm in Valley View.

Update: WKSU has more details.

The family of a Valley View landowner is attempting to rescind a purchase agreement with the developers of the proposed Preserve at Hathaway Farm subdivision.

Updates on proposed residential developments:

Work will begin next summer in restoring a 10 acre site at the confluence of West Creek and the Cuyahoga River in Independence. The City of Independence and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are also planning Hemlock Trail, a 1.5 to 1.7 mile long multi-purpose trail through Independence and Valley View that would connect the Towpath Trail to Brecksville Road.

The first phase of the Tinkers Creek Aqueduct project in Valley View was completed, and the section of the canal was reopened. Phase two is under design, and the National Park is seeking $1 million for construction.

Toxic waste runoff from the closed Boyas landfill in Garfield Heights, now the site of the recently sold City View Center, may be the source of cancer among residents in a downstream Valley View neighborhood.

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