The Porter Storm
Water Board has a plan to implement drainage solutions for Wagner Hills but
not enough money to fund all the projects involved.
The board agreed
3-0 to accept the final assessment study from Haas & Associates which
recommends phasing for swale and detention basin improvements that would
likely require easement acquisitions.
Warren Theide from
Haas proposed for work to move forward with an engineering study to replace
two storm drainage pipes in the right-of-way along Dune Meadows Drive and a
third pipe between the private residences in the 1300 block that would empty
into a retention area.
The two residences
would see relief but the project will not be a fix for all the eight acres
Wagner Hills that are draining into two different directions, said Theide.
would be roughly $56,500, Theide estimated, not including the costs for the
Before that can
happen, however, the Town would need to have access to the easements on
private lands. Michael Barry, the Town’s director of development, said he
would speak with the property owners and also check with Town attorney Greg
Board member John
Erikkson made a motion to proceed with the engineering, which died due to
lack of a second by fellow board member Dan Colbert, who said more
discussion is needed in regards to funding.
costing over $500,000, “this will kill our budget for three years,” Colbert
said. “There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered on this.”
The subdivision has
been plagued with drainage problems for years at the fault of the developer.
Haas’ study said only six of the 20 catch basins are operating correctly.
resident Heather Gonzalez and her neighbor Christina Lee implored the board
to make some effort as they have put a lot of time and money into their
properties and problems still persist.
“What can we do to
fix this?” Gonzalez asked. “Even when it rains just two inches over a few
hours, there is literally a river running through my yard.”
Greg Stinson said he understands the concerns and said he would take the
time to look at the Town’s budget and see where other moneys might be
available to allocate. “We need to get a better picture of the overall
Summer Tree pond
Also, Public Works
Director Brenda Brueckheimer gave a proverbial pat on the back to the
homeowners in Summer Tree subdivision who came through in the effort to get
the situation corrected with the overflowing retention pond on the southwest
Brueckheimer said a
bypass pump was used this past weekend to drain the pond, trees and nearly
three feet of silt were removed, effectively stopping the overflow.
“Wow! What an
improvement. They did a great job. I’m really happy with them,” Brueckheimer
said. She brought up the troubles seen last week during the plan commission
meeting and Summer Tree residents said they would look into working with the
town on getting the matter resolved.
Next, a standpipe
will need to be put in to “get the pond to continue draining properly,” she
In her report,
Brueckheimer said that Seven Peaks Waterpark has submitted its stormwater
plan for best management practices which she said “they did a good job” on.
The board approved
$16,500 for a project north of the waterpark and Summer Tree subdivision on
Waverly Rd. involving catch basins that will be put in to catch water before
it makes its way to Burwell Drive.