Street flooding problems continue

Marianne Gillespie
Chillicothe City Hall

It’s back to work on dealing with storm sewer drainage problems that plagued the city after a heavy downfall recently.

The Chillicothe City Council discussed various issues around town at its Aug. 25 meeting.

Mayor Doug Crew said he had 4 ½ inches in his rain gauge on the morning of Aug. 22 with another inch or more on Saturday.

With that kind of rain, standing water was found at Truitt Avenue near Hushaw and Bradley, Elm and Hushaw streets and Bradley Avenue between Elm and Walnut streets. Those areas, for the most part, have had problems in the past with flooding.

After a meeting with aldermen and city officials, Crew said the drainage issues are high on the public works agenda.

“We still have an issue out there. We have done some things we thought might take care of it, haven’t taken care of it, so we’re going to continue to take a look at options,” said Crew.

Alderman Ron Beaumont and one of his neighbors in RiverSound Subdivision expressed their concern over problems in one of the city’s newest areas.

Beaumont said he had asked for the covers to be taken off the drywells, which they eventually were. By city ordinance, however, a subdivision’s developer is responsible to clean the drywells after a year of finishing a section of the subdivision before the city takes over the maintenance, City Engineer Ken Coulter said. He said he had been in contact with developer Jim Paul’s engineer on finishing that responsibility in two sections.

In other items, the council:

• Heard business owner Joe Harper ask if there would be handicap parking near where the handicap ramp is being fixed in front of Town Theatre. Crew said it was something city officials could take a look at.

• Authorized the mayor to accept a bid to supply electricity for city-owned buildings. Alderman Danny Colwell said the city was renewing its contract with the same provider that it has had for the last four years. In total, the city has saved about $15,000 per year through using municipal electric aggregation, he added.

• Approved the following sidewalk program applications: Carl Reifsteck at 523 Fifth St. for $1,000 and Chillicothe Elementary Center at 914 Truitt Ave. for $1,000. The program assists property owners in either building or replacing sidewalks. The balance remaining in the fun is $14,434. Applications may be picked up at City Hall.

• Approved purchasing a 2015 International dump truck with a plow and spreader for $112,464 from Rush Truck Center. The new dump truck will replace a 1994 dump truck.

• Authorized Superintendent of Public Works Josh Cooper to advertise for a part-time public works employee.

• Approved paying $32,750 to Gensini Excavating Inc. for partial payment of the sidewalk installation at the riverfront near Elm Street.

• Approved an ordinance amending the city’s liquor license classifications. As city attorney Mike Seghetti explained, the ordinance closes all the open liquor licenses so that city officials have more control when a new business seeks a liquor license.

• Approved an ACH agreement with Better Banks to update files as First National Bank merged with Better Banks.

• Approved an advance expenditure of $729 for Rachael Parker to attend the fall Tax Increment Financing conference Sept. 17-18 at the Union League in Chicago.

• Heard Alderman Denny Gould and Beaumont say they had complaints in RiverSound of piles of dirt with weeds growing in areas not subdivided yet.

• Heard a couple property maintenance issues of a home in disrepair and a building material dump site in Sycamore Trail. The issues were put on a future committee meeting agenda.