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Flooding problems

Belinda Morris and John Rice addressed the board on the flooding problems residents are experiencing on Lewis Point Road. Morris showed the board photos of the flooding she said was caused from improper drainage caused by debris (trees, brush) clogging up the drainpipes.

"The water is backing up," Morris said. "I'm not offering a solution, I'm just saying drainage is a major issue."

On Sept. 20, the town board held an informational meeting to discuss the development of a drainage district in the Lewis Point Road area. According to DiVeronica, no petitions were filed with the town as a result of that meeting. Morris said she wasn't aware of that meeting.

"What is our responsibility?" Morris asked DiVeronica.

"Get a petition for a drainage district," he said. "It probably won't cost residents anymore than 25 cents per $1,000 assessed value and it should only add value to your property. It will take time, though. It could take years."

"Are you suggesting us to get together and we pay for it," Morris said.

"Yes, that's the way it's done, but we take care of the engineering," DiVeronica said.

"So, someone in our community needs to take the lead? Morris asked.

"Absolutely," DiVeronica said.

DiVeronica told Morris the town had maps of the proposed drainage district and she was welcome to obtain copies. He also told her how to obtain petitions.

In the meantime, Morris was told to call the highway department in case of an emergency and they would come and clean the debris away from the drainage pipes.

Morris also said that she and other residents were worried about the new development planned for the Lewis Point area and how the drainage would affect their properties.

"It's up to the planning board to make sure they don't flood the people down the street," DiVeronica said.

The planning board is expected to meet Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. to discuss the development.

The town board will meet again at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

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