You may be wondering, where is the Pretty Glen Dam? As you travel north on Cleveland Avenue through Mogadore and have passed the old West Country Club, you cross a short bridge over the Little Cuyahoga River. Just to the east of the roadway is a small dam. About a year ago the Portage County Commissioners, who actually own this Pretty Glen Dam, considered whether to remove the dam or continue to maintain it at a cost that was somehow estimated to be $50,000 per year. After a monumental effort, spearheaded by John Yeargin, the Commissioners were convinced that keeping the dam was in the best interests of Suffield Township, as the pool that is formed by the dam is an important source of water for the Fire Department.
On September 3rd, the Suffield Township Trustees were informed in a letter from Jeff Lonzrick, Portage County Water Resources Department Director, that the county was in the process of planning and then building a 12" water line from their existing water lines in Brimfield to the water system that serves Rivermoor Estates. This line, to be completed no later than the spring of 2017, would be constructed along Sunnybrook Road in Brimfield, down Saxe Road and then south on Martin Road to Rivermoor Estates. As part of this project, hydrants would be placed along it for fire suppression, "which should eliminate the Fire Department's need to maintain a dry hydrant" near the Mogadore Reservoir.
The building of this water line and the placement of high pressure hydrants is thought to be the next move in getting the Pretty Glen Dam removed. In the past several years it has become fashionable to remove dams along rivers. Several dams have been removed from the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls. It appears certain from discussion by the trustees that they and John Yeargin will continue to make it known to the Commissioners that the Pretty Glen Dam is a viable resource to the community. More on this later.
This important issue was discussed again at the September 22nd Trustee's Meeting. John Yeargin pointed out that the water line mentioned above is becoming more of a reality each day. It was noted that construction of the water line along Sunnybrook Road has gone south from Tallmadge Road in Brimfield and is already nearing Saxe Road. Yeargin was to meet with county officials to gather more info and to convey the Suffield Township's desire for the Pretty Glen Dam to remain intact.