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Flooding concerns addressed

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The storms that swept through the area Sept. 22 and 23 brought to light that flooding is an issue not only in Hardy but in Ash Flat as well.

At the Oct. 16 council meeting Patsy Inman addressed the council regarding drainage ditches in J&M Estates.

Inman, who resides on Diane Avenue, said the ditches are full and water rushes into her yard and the yards of her neighbors during substantial storms. During the September storms water came within 2 feet of her home, she said.

Mayor Brien Nix Hall said the flooding problem lies with developer planning. Many developers didn't plan on flooding being an issue, he said.

"It's a problem we're having all over," Hall said. "Problems have been passed on to the next buyer."

Streets and Parks Superintendent Gary Benton said the ditches can be cleaned out, but the action risks hitting utility lines. Water and Wastewater Superintendent Joe Bill Fowler said the utility lines aren't very deep in the area.

Hall said the city will locate utility lines and clean out the ditch lines and dig them deeper.

Inman also expressed concern with flooding of city sidewalks.

"We won't have to raise the sidewalk but we will look into it," he said. "We can take care of it. We've done it before."

Hall also said he and the street department will look into working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to permanently repair a bridge near Branscum and Orr roads that washes away with torrential rains.

Fowler said one of the city's pump stations went down during the recent storms.

More than 200,000 gallons of stormwater entered the wastewater system that Friday night, he said. "Everything that could leak did leak," Fowler said.

Hall said the city cable television provider, which has recently purchased the former cable service, does not think it is bound by the former owner's franchise agreement with the city.

Hall said the city will probably break the franchise agreement with the provider to obtain the service expected.

A different provider, which serves Salem, is interested in serving Ash Flat again, Hall said.

"We're about to find a quick answer," Hall said.

More information will be presented at the November meeting.

The council unanimously voted to hire Wendell Lane as a part-time police officer for the city. The council also agreed to provide him with a one-time $300 clothing allowance. He will be paid $7.50 an hour during his 90-day probation and $8 an hour thereafter.

With the hiring of Lane, the police department now consists of two full-time officers and three part-time officers.

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