Workplan begins on fix for Cobblestone drainage problem.
A working group composed of staff, the mayor, Paris councillors, and the chairs of the county's Development Services Committee and the Public Works Committee, was established at the Jan. 18 meeting of county council. The group will create a workplan to implement solutions to the drainage debacle.
It has been more than two and a half years since residents in Zitia's Grandville Phase 1 first complained to the county about the flooding on their yards from water draining off higher ground to the rear. The land at the rear in Grandville Phase 2 by Activa, is about two feet higher.
The county's public works department approved the grading plans of both subdivisions and relied on certification for the lot grading by the developers' own engineer.
Norm Litchfield of Meritech Engineering presented a report to council on Sept. 28, 2010 pointing out that despite final approval of the grading plan, the drainage swales at the sides of Cobblestone Drive yards were not fully completed and allowed water to escape into the backyards. Complicating things was the fact that lot lines in the two subdivisions did not line up.
The report suggested that the county could organize a fix for the problem by coordinating work on installing swales and berms, but the cost would be borne by the property-owners.
The Meritech report and its recommendations had been referred to public works staff on Oct. 5, 2010.