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Getmac residents seek action

About a dozen residents living on Getmac Avenue signed a petition and presented it to Mayor Todd Rouse, village administrator Larry Carpenter and code's enforcement officer Mike Adsit regarding the flooding situation in that area.

"We feel that this [flooding] is the direct result of the erection of a house and the subsequent re-grading in the long established path of drainage water in the area," the letter stated. "As the government entity, which gave authority to Rocco DiVeronica and Steve DiVeronica to develop the land in question, we feel that you are responsible to insure that our properties are not degraded as result of their actions."

Eagle Newspapers first brought readers this story last month when Getmac Avenue resident Roger Clark and other residents in that area had a large amount of water in their backyards. The area has been plagued by water for years but Clark said it had never been that bad before. He said at that time the water was a foot or more deep in some areas.

Clark claimed Steve DiVeronica's development had caused the extensive flooding problems.

DiVeronica said there was an existing culvert that removed water away from his property and the surrounding residents. The new design of his development called for the ditched to be moved about 150 feet, so last year he blocked the flow of water from the ditch. He placed two catch basins in the ground but after a communication error between his engineer and his excavator they discovered the catch basins needed to be another two feet into the ground. Winter set in and then spring rains. Loose soil prevented him from getting the work done, which resulted in flooding. DiVeronica said lowering the catch basins was on top of his priority list but it was bad luck and timing.

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