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Water problems top township meeting

Trustee proposes hiring firm to assess road pavement conditions

January 26, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Water woes and flooding for locals topped the Jan. 18 Poland Township meeting.

Saturated ground and more rain brought on discussions of drainage, and several areas were mentioned to trustees, including Coblentz Drive and the Canterbury Creek development.

The Coblentz Drive problem concerned the flow of water from Coblentz to Main Street. One resident said he lived there 50 years and every time it rains now, he has to replace carpeting. There also was an issue of the ice that stemmed from the water buildup.

The second issue involved the Canterbury Creek development. Attending the meeting was state Rep. John Boccieri, who said he observed the flooding first hand.

"I toured the area during the last rain," he said. "I saw where the water was coming from. It was on private property."

He said what was needed is a hydrology study of the area and he already contacted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He told trustees to look at the local Soil and Water Conservation District as well.

"The state gives money to counties for the SWCD to deal with these issues," Boccieri said.

He ended his talk by making a commitment to help get a study started.

Trustee Bob Lidle praised Boccieri for his efforts.

"I have talked to every state official, and you're the one who showed up," Lidle said. "But we know what the problem is."

Lidle said the Canterbury Creek development's catch basins and storm drain piping are inadequate. He also mentioned a redirected course of natural water flow that may not have been done properly. Lidle suggested putting in a retention pond between the development and a Raybuck Lake in the stream course that may ease the flooding situation downstream.

From flooding to roads, Trustee Joanne Wollet proposed hiring a firm to inventory and prioritize township roads as far as repaving needs are concerned. She said it would take one road department person and a township vehicle to be used for a day to travel and look at all township roads.

"We need our roads rated by a professional," Wollet said. "We would be the first township in the area to do this."

She said by having a priority list, the township would be able to pave the worse roads in logical order. It also would give trustees a list that could be referred to when residents questions why their roads are not being paved.

Trustees Lidle and Eric Ungaro will review the proposal and bring it up at the next regular meeting Feb. 15.

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