Stormwater Management Board received the results from last fall’s drainage
assessment study on Wagner Hills during its meeting Tuesday with
recommendations for improvements.
located off of U.S. 20 and Wagner Rd. has had a large number of flooding
complaints from its residents over the years. The problems are thought to be
from faulty engineering work by the original developer.
Warren Thiede of
Haas & Associates which conducted the study told the board that the original
documentation submitted “wasn’t very accurate” and contained incorrect
Only 6 of the 20
pipe segments are able to handle the capacity of a 10-year storm, he said,
and the town may want to put in larger pipes that can carry more water.
detention basin is undersized, is two feet shallower than it was two years
ago due to siltation, and can only handle 29 percent of the needed capacity.
that another detention area be built south of the property that can hold
about .6 acre foot or roughly 27,000 cubic feet of water to hold water
coming from offsite properties.
The major obstacle,
however, is the area is located on two properties belonging to private
homeowners so the town will need to work with them to get access.
Town Director of
Development Michael Barry said one of the homeowners is Paul Childress who
he said would likely be on board with the improvements. Barry said he will
contact the homeowners Wednesday to discuss the project.
“It doesn’t hurt to
ask. The worst they could say is no,” said board member Jim Ericksson
Greg Stinson said the town dedicated no easements when Wagner Hills was
approved, so any project will depend on the cooperation of the residents.
The estimated cost
to build the basin is $180,000, according to the study. Thiede said the
total costs of suggested improvements throughout Wagner Hills would be
The board could
decide to phase in the projects working within its budget, Thiede said.
Stinson said of
residents’ concerns that the he understands their frustrations and that the
town will continue working on solutions. He advised however that “this
shouldn’t be a town-only project.”
Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said eight inches of rain fell in Porter
during the month of June, the wettest in recent memory, and “every drainage
issue there is has shown its face.”
her crew has been busy cleaning culverts and ditches all over town in places
such as North and South Baily Drive, Mineral Springs Rd., Vine St., and
Washington St., to name a few.
“There is a lot of
debris in these ditches. A lot of debris,” Brueckhemier said. “We’re out
there daily trying to open these things back up.”
that residents help out by making sure litter and compost are removed
properly from their yards to keep the drains clear. Compost should be bagged
and taken to the public works department or to the Porter County compost