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Manlius: Whetstone flooding not over yet

Repairs to the drainage network in the Whetstone Meadows neighborhood of Manlius could cost the town $430,000. Ken Knutsen of the engineering firm Barton and Loguidice said that such repairs would include widening the existing drainage channels and armoring banks of Limestone Creek to prevent flooding.

The drainage study was presented at the July 25 meeting of the Manlius Town Board. The report included surveys of the capacities of culverts and closed-pipe drainage systems in the area.

The study was called for after Whetstone Meadows residents, particularly on Chatham Drive, had reported heavy flooding in their backyards. Several residents were present at the meeting and it was speculated that new developments in the town of Pompey had augmented the flow of runoff in Manlius.

Councilor David Marnell made a motion to invite officials from the town of Pompey to a meet with the Manlius Town Board to discuss the issue.

"It's been discussed that the flooding has been caused by changes in topography due to recent building not only in Manlius but in Pompey as well," Marnell said in an interview after the meeting. "Instead of letting this sit on the shelf, [my suggestion was] to bring in the town of Pompey and also the county of Onondaga so we can work together to see how we can mitigate these situations before they get out of hand."

Other matters

The board announced that the Onondaga County Department of Transportation will be closing a section of Palmer Road, starting at the intersection with Peck Hill. The detour will direct traffic down Route 92, and will be up for two weeks during the month of August.

Highway Superintendent Bill Bennett said there would be no additional stop signs installed at the intersection of Dawley and Woodcroft roads. He said that while stop signs are occasionally used to deter speeding in certain areas, there have already been cautionary signs installed in the area, and the intersection would be left as is with one stop sign on Woodcroft Road.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 8 at the Manlius Town Hall, Brooklea Drive.

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