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Flooding concerns still flow in Council meeting

June 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Several residents attended the city meeting on June 19 to stay on top of what is being done in regards to the city's storm sewer problems.

Opening the public forum was Marlene Mikan from Overbrook. She told council she has lived in the city for 25 years and the problems aren't new.

"This is not a new problem," she said. "It is a constant one."

She said every year the water flowing through the backyards is getting stronger. She said it flows fast enough to carry a small child away as well as affecting back yards and basements.

John Carney, also an Overbrook resident said he has brought it up for some time.

"I have been complaining about floods since 2004," he said. "The amount of debris that flows from the back of the church just builds up. And it doesn't have to be a catastrophic storm. We don't need a five-year study for the same problem year after year. This didn't just start last year. This has been going on for a while."

Dave Gregory from Briarwood Drive said he has observed the water flow from storms getting deeper and deeper.

"This last storm, I took water into my shed," he said. "Any type of big rain and I can watch the water flowing into my backyard."

Pat Woomer said she has lived in Canfield for the past 46 years and has seen numerous studies done on flooding.

"How many more studies need to be done," she asked.

City Councilman Chuck Tieche said work has been done in the past to replace and enlarge culvert openings that were problems.

Councilman Bruce Neff said, "We need a way to fund some of these fixes. We talked about increasing the storm water fund."

In other business:

Council approved an ordinance pertaining to the display of outside merchandise.

Approval was given to an ordinance pertaining to set back requirements in the Village Green Commercial District.

Approval was given to an ordinance amending and replacing the city managers contract, by increasing his salary by five percent and extending the contract to 2024.



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