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City residents upset over recent storm

June 12, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Over a half dozen residents spoke at the recent Canfield City Council meeting concerning the aftermath of the recent storm that dropped over four inches of rain in a few hours. The residents asked for help from the city to ease the situations.

Garwood resident Tim Batton said he had four feet of storm water in his basement.

"All I am asking for is a little tax, or water [bill] relief for those hit by the floods," he said, "coming from the City That Cares."

Another person bringing her concerns to the meeting was Sarah Searcy from Hood Drive. She said she move into her home in 2015 and it floods every three to four months.

"I've lost furniture and even a furnace," she said. "Our insurance company has canceled us. I am not interested into going further into debt with a low-interest government loan, taking on more debt. I can't sell my home, and I can't leave. Please help my family."

Overbrook resident John Carney said he moved into his home in 2004. He claimed a storm water ditch near his home can't handle an average rain. He said the problem could be solved for his property by merely raising his yard, but then all the neighbors downstream would be flooded.

"Couldn't the ditch be dredged deeper?" he asked.

Madonna Barwick brought up the drainage around the high school and what she felt was one of the key issues.

"When the Cardinal Drive drain was enlarged to a box culvert, larger drains downstream were never put in," she said. "And there are now exposed gas lines on Verdant."

Calhoun said that issue is being addressed.

Frank Micchia agreed on the larger drains trying to enter a smaller one.

"When you have two 30-inch storm water pipes flowing in to one 30-inch pipe, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to put two and two together," he said.

Calhoun said the storm in question was not the norm. He said the National Weather Service rates storms according to the rain dropped over a specific time. They have ratings for 10-year, 20-year, 50-year and 100-year storms, rating each as the probability of happening once in that time span.

"The National Weather Service said this one was off the charts," he said.

He added that the city just recently obtained a remote controlled camera that can be used in both storm and sanitary drain lines. The robotic camera can visually locate problems such as a collapsed line or a clog. He said the city's IT manager went through training to use it and it will be put into service to find answers to correct the problems.

Council President John Morvay said, "We had four-and-a-half inches of rain in three hours. That's a lot. We are doing everything we can."

On a different matter, council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to apply for, accept, and enter into a water pollution control loan fund agreement for the planning, design or construction of wastewater facilities. The loan application deadline is July 1, so council approved the resolution as an emergency measure.

Calhoun explained the loan was for the design of a $4.5 million sewer line to be run to Red Gate Farm property. The design phase would require $330,000 in the form of the loan.

In other business:

Mayor Richard Duffett reported Mayor's Court made a net income for the city of $5,238.09 for May.

First readings were held on ordinances amending codified ordinance section 1151.01, establishing new water department standard specifications, and amending the codified ordinance section 1141.13 regarding Village Green Commercial District. All three were set to be heard at a public hearing on June 19 at 5 p.m., 5:10 p.m., and 5:20 p.m. respectively.

Council approved an ordinance to renew the 3 percent franchise fee for Armstrong Utilities. The fee will continue to go into the city's general fund.

Approval was given for the replat of City lots 1269 at 480South Hillside Drive and lot 44 at 369 East Main Street by Larry A. Parsons.



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