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City Council flooded with water complaints

October 10, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Last Wednesday's Canfield City Council meeting was full of flooding complaints. Several residents were in attendance to ask what is being done to solve flooding issues around Callahan and Glenview areas.

Nancy Minkler said not many know what it is like to take a $20,000 loss when a basement is flooded. She experienced more than once while living on Callahan.

"We had to move to Montgomery to get away from the flooding," she told council. I feel for the people (in the Glenview area) and know what they are going through."

Also asking for an update was Steve Easton, who has been attending meetings for almost a year. He asked what the city plans on doing about flooding issues that start at the high school.

City manager Joe Warino said, "We've found no low-cost solution that would fix one property."

He said building a 50-year detention pond would cost close to half a million dollars. Even at that cost, it would have failed three times in the past few years from storms rated above the 50-year mark. He also stated the city doesn't have that kind of money.

He further mentioned that one area on the school property could have a small 10-year pond built. It may help with a small flood event, but would fail in a big storm.

Resident Frank Micchia said part of the problem in the Glenview area is that two drain pipes are feeding into one.

"You can't put 10 pounds of potatoes into a five-pound sack," he said.

One concept brought up at the meeting was to build a small detention pond on the creek near the baseball practice field and use the field as a flood plain. Councilman Dan Frazzini said it could act as a retention pond.

Some comments sounded as if the city was doing nothing about the issue at which time city attorney Mark Fortunato reminded those in attendance that more than $6 million has already been spent on flood control projects.

Councilman Andy Skrobola said, "We're not looking to hurt anyone, but we can't afford to fix all the problems at once. We just don't have the funds to fix everything at one time."

Frazzini said, "I've been here seven years and it drives me crazy that we are putting up street lights and widening roads, but not taking care of flooding. It frustrates me."

In other business:

Council approved setting up a fund for a Federal JAG Grant for multi-jurisdiction surveillance equipment. A fund was also approved for a federal OVI Task Force Grant. Both grants were received by the city, who is serving as the host for the task force.

Council approved the replat of city lot 1048 at 95 Village Blvd. by Chris Roman. Warino said it straightens a property line.

Approval was given to enter into a contract for the purchase, installation and grinding of asphaltic concrete street repairs. The street repair program was done jointly this year with the township, which meant savings for both entities.



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