Lakeside’s Infrastructure News & Updates
Improving Lakeside’s infrastructure – the deterioration, drainage issues, runoff, and safety of Lakeside’s streets and sidewalks – is vital to the future of Lakeside. Many community members, homeowners and third-party professionals have expressed these concerns.
Since 2019, Lakeside has been working with MKSK, an urban designing and engineering consulting firm in Columbus, to assess the state of Lakeside’s infrastructure and obtain pre-engineering recommendations.
Through MKSK’s work, we have learned that the project is extremely complex and a significant undertaking. The scope of the project is still open. Financing and costs have drastically changed since we first started gathering information. Lakeside’s Leadership Team is revising the plan to fit our needs, financial capacity, and maintenance plan.
Property owner assessment rates will be determined by the Lakeside Board of Directors based on the street and infrastructure scope of work, cost of construction, and the interest rates on funds that might possibly be borrowed.
Neighborhood Gatherings & Community Porch Talks
Throughout the 2022 summer, Lakeside hosted 13 Neighborhood Gatherings and seven Community Porch Talks where Lakesiders discussed various topics, including the streets, drainage, and infrastructure. The feedback was helpful at these gatherings. Recently, many more questions have surfaced, and it will be vital to answer these questions and collect feedback.
Lakeside Association Board of Directors
Although no firm deadlines are set regarding the infrastructure project, the Association Board approved the following at its August 5, 2022 Board meeting: (1) to use the additional assessment money collected to date to replace pavement and make curb and sidewalk repairs; (2) to present the infrastructure proposal, estimated costs, and funding needs at the August 13 Lakeside Property Owners Association (LPOA) meeting, (3) for the Lakeside Leadership Team to solicit construction bids for the infrastructure project; and (4) for the Finance Committee to develop a final recommendation to the Board for financing the infrastructure project. The August Board update can be found on the website. The Lakeside Board and staff Leadership Team are committed to listening, to considering the opinions and ideas of the Lakeside community, and to answering your questions.
More property owner input will be beneficial as we chart our course regarding the scope and goals of our street and drainage work, and possible financing options.
Continuous Input & Next Steps
On this page, Lakeside will post upcoming town hall meetings and gatherings. We will continue meetings year-round virtually and in-person. As Lakesiders, we are stewards of this special place, Lakeside Chautauqua. Working together achieves greater results and a better future for Lakeside. Let us plan and work together to ensure the safety, cleanliness, and maintenance of our community for future generations.
Town Hall Gatherings
- Saturday, May 13, 2023
- Saturday, July 1, 2023
- Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023
- Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Many community members, homeowners, and third-party professionals have expressed significant concerns over the past years about the need to fix the streets, drainage issues, and key roadways and intersections, as well as the safety of sidewalks and streets due to lack of repair. Lakeside engaged the engineering/planning firm MKSK to prepare a preliminary engineering report identifying potential scope of work for this project. That full report has been submitted to the Lakeside Executive Staff and the Lakeside Association Board of Directors, and not surprisingly, the estimated cost range for the project is substantial.
- Aerial survey of Lakeside (entire site – 210 acres)
- Topographical survey of a 3-street corridor (32 acres) involving multiple street types (residential, downtown, program areas, etc.)
- Video inspection of sewers
- Geotechnical engineering
- Preliminary engineering (streets, stormwater, etc.)
- Traffic study
- Plan & profile sheets
- Public & private utilities disposition, including relocation and/or burial
- Lighting layouts & fixture selections
- Typical street sections & materials
- Typical intersection plans
- On-street parking configurations, curbs & crosswalks
- Major & typical traffic sign locations
- Phased construction recommendations including estimated budget costs
At the August 2019 Association Board meeting, the Board of Directors formally approved the Infrastructure Preliminary Engineering Project and a funding plan for the initial work.
After hearing from the community that homeowners shouldn’t bear the entire burden of the preliminary engineering study, the Board agreed to split the funding, with $85,000 of the funding designated to come from sources other than the assessment.
The Board also agreed that the assessment portion of the funding would be spread over six quarters instead of four, reducing the quarterly increase that homeowners would be billed.
The assessment temporarily went from 3.08 mils to 4.38 mils, to be billed for the six quarters beginning with the July-Sept. 2019 quarter, billed in Oct. 2019 and ending with the Oct.-Dec. 2020 quarter, billed in Jan. 2021. At the end of the six quarters, the homeowner assessment reverted back to 3.08 mils.
- To use the additional assessment money collected to date to replace pavement and make curb and sidewalk repairs;
- To present the infrastructure proposal, estimated costs, and funding needs at the August 13 Lakeside Property Owners Association (LPOA) meeting,
- For the Lakeside Leadership Team to solicit construction bids for the infrastructure project; and
- For the Finance Committee to develop a final recommendation to the Board for financing the infrastructure project.
The Streets and Drainage Advisory Task Force will include Lakeside staff, Lakeside Association Board of Directors, Lakeside Property Owners Association representatives, and community members with professional expertise in construction, engineering, law, finance, and Lakeside’s needs. Task Force members include the following community members:
- David Blank (Co-Chair)
- Jim Shelley (Co-Chair)
- Joseph Ballmer
- Robb Beckstedt
- Jim Edwards
- Mitch Grindley
- Brenda Haas
- Ron Janke
- Meredith Meyer
- Milt Lewis
- Bill Smith
- Jane Anderson, Board Member
- Terry Tomlinson, Board Member
- Kip Greenhill, CEO
- Charles Allen, COO
- Jim Switzer, Director of Municipal Services & Design Review
Guest experts may be invited to attend and present at Task Force meetings from time to time.
Through the Streets and Infrastructure discussions, community members were identified with professional expertise and experience. Lakeside is fortunate to have people with such talent step forward to examine matters within the scope of the Streets and Drainage Advisory Task Force, propose recommendations to the Board, and serve as a resource to Lakeside staff in areas where specific expertise is requested by staff or the Board.
The first meeting of the Streets and Drainage Advisory Task Force will be on November 30, 2022. The Task Force will meet with such frequency as it may determine, with the expectation that the work will be complete in 6-8 months.