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Manlius: Bluffview drainage studied

After months of anticipation, residents of Bluffview Heights listened to the results of a neighborhood drainage study. Ken Knutsen of Barton and Loguidice led the presentation at the Sept. 12 Manlius Town Board meeting. The engineering study resulted from an informal petition submitted by area residents who were concerned about several recurring drainage problems within "the Bluffs."

Knutsen's overview and suggested improvements for the drainage district that spans from Route 92 between the village of Manlius and Pompey, did not, however, satisfy the handful of Bluffview neighbors in attendance.

"I think this is a much bigger problem than what was presented," said Pam Page of 8186 Bluffview Drive. Page challenged Knutsen's assessment on a particular portion of wetland that seeps over into private properties. Town Councilor John Loeffler attested that the matter of a specific cross-culvert in connection with her concern was, in fact, identified in the study and during the presentation by Knutsen, as an issue with which to be dealt.

Joe Novek of 8183 Bluffview Drive said he would like to see another engineer firm do a study, calling the completed study invalid.

"You gave us a study here that I think was informal," Novek said. "I think it's inadequate, incomplete and I feel it's invalid because in building No. 1 we're downgrade of all the waterflow and you purposely kept that out of the scope of services and I want to know why."

In 2002, a major mudslide eroded the backyards of building No. 1 that included the Novek's property.

Knutsen, in response to Novek, said the purview of the study was a focus on surface water. If it goes underground, it's beyond the scope of their study, he said.

The total estimated project cost is $42,900. Once the town accepts the report, a comprehensive review is completed and funds are established, the project can move forward with design and phased construction.

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