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City residents seek help fixing water distribution problem

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By Jesse Osbourne

 

Two city residents are seeking relief from a water distribution problem that is causing damage to their property.


George Haydon and Kurt Krug, who reside at 305 East Grundy Avenue, attended the Springfield City Council hearing for municipal road aid on May 8 at City Hall.

Haydon and Krug said that water from the street flows onto their property.

“We get all the water coming from Kalarama out all the way down Grundy,” Haydon said. “It has totally taken out the retaining walls from our patio area, down that way. It’s basically going to take out our whole patio in the back yard.”

In the past, city officials and an engineer have surveyed the problem. The solution, the property owners said, would have involved redistributing the water towards Kalarama farm.

“Which is, well, probably not a solution I would want to take on,” Haydon said. “One, she is my neighbor, and two, she is my boss.”

Haydon said an eight- to 12-foot ditch has been created by the water.

“To a homeowner, we’re talking a huge amount of loss here,” he said. “And there’s nothing I can do about it until the city does something about this happening to me.”

“If you don’t take the water to Kalarama, or somewhere in that general location, you’ve got to redirect it somewhere else. It will take someone with initials after their name to answer that question,” Glen Mattingly, the public works director, said, referring to an engineer.

Laurie Smith, the city administrator, suggested setting up a meeting between the property owners, the adjoining property owners, the public works director and an engineer.

Smith said on Monday via email that all parties had been contacted and a meeting was in the works for sometime in the next week or two.

- The city voted to repave Industry Drive. A motion was made to award Nally and Haydon the contract. The bid was for $26,178.33.

- The council voted to accept Danny Hardin’s bid for the financial audit of the current fiscal year.

Hardin’s bid was $13,081.

Council member Lisa Haydon asked if the city solicited bids from any other accountants.

“We have in the past, yes. We haven’t for the last few years,” Smith said. “We’ve found that when people come from out of town, they charge us considerably more.”

Haydon asked if bids were solicited from other local accountants.

“There’s another CPA in town. Any time we’ve ever advertised it, he’s never bid,” Smith said.

Carolyn Hardin made a motion to accept the bid, Haydon seconded the motion.

- Smith reminded the council that last year the city made a decision to not host a high school senior party on the last day of school.

“It got out of hand. We are no longer allowed to host that on city property,” Smith said.

“It’s a good move,” council member Paul Borders said.

- Nell Haydon told the council that the Independence Day celebration would be held on Tuesday, July 3.

Haydon also said that Louisville Brass and Electric was hired as the band for $1,400.

“It would be $300 or $400 less (than the previous band),” Haydon said.

- Smith said progress on the new fire department, though a long process, is coming along.

“I’m sincere when I say one of the first things I remember was our fire department talking about building a new fire department when I started working for the city,” Smith said.

She celebrated her 34th year as a city employee recently.  

“Interest rates are at an all-time low,” she said. “So things do certainly happen for a reason, perhaps. Their rate is 3.375 (percent).”

Smith said nearly all the paperwork has been approved, with the exception of one item, which she expects to be approved within a few weeks.

“So, it’s all actually moving quite well,” she said. “And it’s been quite a long process, but it is all coming together.”

- Smith said the city looked at the plat for the pool property recently and discovered that it owns less land than what was previously thought.

“We own very little property on the Springfield town side of the pool,” she said. “That hill does not belong to us. It changed kind of the scope of the (redevelopment) project.”

Smith said the city will proceed to add trees to the property, however.

“As far as trying to look at other potential uses for that property, it might serve the city council and the mayor to consider appointing a committee to review potential uses, reuses for that property,” she said. “It’s something you could consider doing over the next year or two.”

Smith said the council needed to look at potential uses of the space and decide if it would be a community garden, or a putt-putt golf course, or a splash park for toddlers or something else.

“There’s just some things that probably two or three people could maybe go out and go to some visiting communities through the summer and fall and maybe next spring,” she said. “Bring back some pictures, bring back some ideas and examples from other communities.”

Smith and Mayor Dr. John Cecconi said the council and the community should weigh in on what happens to the pool property.

All council members were present. The next regular scheduled meeting is June 12 at 5:30 p.m.