Willoughby City Council recently passed two pieces of legislation which will now allow five property owners along the city’s shoreline to use the Special Improvement District’s erosion financing.
The legislation passed Sept. 7 include a resolution declaring a necessity and an ordinance levying special assessments.
Willoughby property owners constitute $1,021,000 worth of private property erosion improvements, according to Economic Development Director Tom Thielman.
Willowick Mayor Richard Regovich, Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley, Willoughby Mayor Robert Fiala and North Perry Village Mayor Ed Klco, have sought to create the Special Improvement District, or SID for the last two years in order to combat erosion.
According to Morley, most people take out loans to fix their property.
The SID encompasses each municipality that participates and allows property owners to finance erosion protection through voluntary special assessments of up to 30 years on their property tax bills. The SID would also form a SID Board of Directors, partly made up of property owners in the district.
In 2019, Lake Erie surpassed a record water level set in 1986, according to the National Weather Service. Due to erosion, Eastlake lost between 10 to 50 feet of land in 2019. In the same year, North Perry lost 60 feet of land at the village hall.