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Canastota: Backyard water coming from school

Winters thaw and spring rains bring water woes to residents living on East Chapel and Roberts Street. Last year the fire department was called to pumped water from basements of residents living east of Peterboro Street between Roberts Street and Canal Road. At that time residents asked the village board where the water was coming from.

The board contacted Engineer Rick Meyers of Myers and Associates to study the area. Myers brought his findings to Monday night's meeting.

Myers' comments echoed those of Mayor Todd Rouses last year. Back in the 50s and 60s there were ditches that ran from the backyards of homeowners down to the road, according to Myers.

"Over the years people have filled in those ditches, for aesthetic purposes, which has created retention," Myers said.

Rouse asked Meyers where the water was coming from.

"The water is coming from the school and settling in the backyards," he said.

Myers said that a drain near the rear of Roberts Street School is not draining properly, although it discharges eventually but at a slower rate. Also the piping on Roberts Street is in poor condition. The water has no where to go with that piping, he said.

One solution would be to install larger diameter piping and convey the water to Roberts Street and then pipe it to Peterboro Street.

Myers is certain he can get the fall to Peterboro Street but said he was hesitant to offer that as a solution.

"Can Peterboro Street [support] all that water?" Meyers asked. "We need to find out how we are going to impact the storm water system on Peterboro Street."

Rouse asked Myers to present a study to the board within the next 30 to 45 days.

Although the village has no financial obligation, Rouse said the village would contact school officials and the homeowners after Myers presents his report. A public hearing will be held, Rouse said.

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