Fences, gravity, and the grade of the land are the reasons why Glendora Road residents are up to their ears in water, Cicero Zoning Officer Jay Seitz said.
"We had a 50 year storm this summer, and the drainage systems around your houses were not built to handle 4 inches of rain everyday," Seitz told a packed town hall at a meeting Nov. 13. "You guys lie down the hill from Gillette Road, and that water flows right into your back yards."
Seitz said that in addition to the intense rain this summer, residents' backyards pose problems to a properly flowing drainage system.
"And I cannot move water out of Glendora with obstructions like fences and sheds in the easements," he said
But residents of Glendora Road weren't hearing it.
"It never used to flood like that before they put those drainage systems in," said Tom Thorn, who lives on the dead-end road. "But now every time it rains, my backyard becomes a river -- every time."
Thorn wasn't the only one to express such a sentiment. At least 10 other residents complained to the board. One resident said she's been seeking help, unsuccessfully, from the town for six months. Another said a highway person told her "You're on your own with that one."
Cicero Town Supervisor Chet Dudzinski told residents not to panic.
"We understand that you have a problem, and we want you to know that we didn't forget you, otherwise we wouldn't have done this," he said.
"This" was a slideshow that Seitz prepared illustrating his main points.
Dudzinski said to expect a full report on the situation at the next board meeting, Nov. 29.
In other news:
- The board approved the installation of stop signs on Joseph's landing.
- The board listened to a presentation of Cicero's master plan by developer James Kent. The board set a public hearing regarding the master plan for Nov. 27.
- Set a public hearing regarding new sex offender legislation for Nov. 29