Stormwater Utility has formally applied for a nationwide regional general
permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance of an
old drainage ditch, located east of the headwaters of Peterson Ditch.
Stormwater Utility is still waiting delivery of the a brush flail mower.
That mower--mounted to a mini-excavator which the Utility will rent--will be
used to expose the ditch, likely an agricultural artifact from years ago, to
determine to what extent brush and debris may be hindering its westward flow
into the Peterson Ditch.
Utility Superintendent Mark O’Dell reported to the Stormwater Management
Board at its meeting Monday night.
O’Dell did say that
he and Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg recently conducted a
walk-through of the site with an Army Corps representative, who “didn’t see
any major issues or obstacles” to maintaining that ditch.
O’Dell is hopeful
of getting the flail mower into the ditch late this fall or early in the
winter. At its last meeting, members voted unanimously to approve the
purchase of the equipment at a price not to exceed $10,000.
Bill Laster, a
resident of Oakwood Drive--located well east of the old ditch, on the far
side of South 11th Street--has twice appeared before the board this year to
complain that the ditch’s congestion has caused runoff to backwash into his
In other business,
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that Assistant Stormwater Engineer
Kacie Kolbert has officially received her construction site inspector card.
certified,” Gadzala said.
September in Review
In September the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $17,052 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $127,382.