Thursday, March 1, 2012
Clogged storm drains a big problem in city
By SUE WATSON
“They pop up everywhere,” public works director Micheal Crittle told the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen at a recent meeting.
He was referring to the many problems across the city with leaves, sand, and debris clogging inlets to storm drains.
He said it is a maintenance issue. They have not been cleaned regularly, Crittle said.
The drainage concern he was responding to was in alderman Garrie Colhoun’s ward on South Randolph. Residents downstream from these flooding problems, when downpours quickly fill all available run space in the buried storm drains, are having erosion problems on their properties.
Crittle said two inlets on South Randolph are clogging and may have to be replaced at a tune of $2,500 each.
Colhoun asked if the storm sewers could be cleared with fire hoses.
“There are problems all over town,” said Crittle. “Those (on South Randolph) are two of the worst. I’m hoping we can use the fire hose to blow it out. It still has to be fixed. It’s one of 15 problems listed.”
Alderman Harvey Payne said there is a similar problem on the street near the Health Department creating some issues at houses below the gully.
“The whole thing is a part of the system,” he said. “There is some dumping (of litter) we need to get under control in specific areas. When you beautify those areas with shrubs and flowers, people are more likely not to dump junk like they would on a natural landscape.”
Crittle said if homeowners would leave limbs, leaves, grass clippings and other debris above the curb instead of in the gutter, many of the storm drain problems would be solved. Debris is swept down the gutters to the storm drain inlets where they lodge and clog up the system.
“If they leave things above the curb and out of the gutter, it will help us tremendously,” he said.
Crittle said the marking of buried utility lines on South Center Street were in advance of the repair of two culverts at the bottom of the hill near Lemac.
AT&T is also running fiber optic cable all over town.
Update on Craft project
The overlay of Craft Street awaits warmer weather when the asphalt plants go back to producing mix, Crittle said. The city is working to get the potholes filled with gravel along the sides to establish a hard-pan base.
The second step will be to lay four inches of asphalt base binder above the 12 inches of crushed stone hardpan.
The final layer will consist of two inches of asphalt hot mix.
The project is paid for by State Aid and the state will add the traffic light at the intersection of J.M. Ash Drive and Craft Street about the same time the asphalt overlay is spread. After completion, the highway will be maintained by the state department of transportation.
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