Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — The Shawnee neighborhood will be the target of impending study as part of an adopted resolution at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
“As we all know, for many years, during heavy rain events there is substantial flooding that takes place in that corridor,” explained Devon Alexander, stormwater coordinator, in regards to what will be phase II of the stormwater master plan. This will consist of the area from the river heading east to the railroad track near the Miami Valley Centre Mall area. The plan will, “evaluate what can be done to divert water away, as well as, looking at our infrastructure in that area.”
The hope is that by the end of the study with URS Corp., an engineering, construction and technical services firm, at the helm, alternatives can be pursued to correct the longtime issue.
Commissioners John Martin and William Vogt inquired as to whether there were other potentials causing the notorious flooding, such as field drainage tile moving east to west and beneath the railroad track, to speculation as to where it may deposit water in the neighborhood. Issues that will likewise be investigated, according to Alexander.
“If there is something coming from the fields out there, whose responsibility is that?” Vogt asked Alexander who responded that it would be dependent upon an investigation to make that determination.
“I think the great thing about this,” interjected Gary Huff, city manager, on the impending Shawnee neighborhood study. “It will actually tell us what’s happening there, so that we can figure out solutions to the flooding there.”
Commission also adopted a resolution tied to the stormwater master plan with URS Corp., for engineering design and bidding services for the Echo Lake project. Alternatives in this study will see to piping installation in an 800-foot ditch from Sunset Boulevard to Echo Lake that will aid in water flow and speed, as well as, eliminate silting problems taking place in the currently natural ditch.
Also at the Tuesday meeting, a second of three readings on an ordinance was given that would see to the creation of a four-way stop at the current two-way stop intersection of Park Avenue/Lambert Drive, if adopted.
Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
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Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall