Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 7, 2014

Stormwater projects underway

Public Works department doing work in several areas of town

GLASGOW — With Glasgow property owners in their second year of paying stormwater management fees, stormwater work is progressing around the city.

For instance, a crew was on Rachel Drive on Wednesday adding fill dirt in a yard where a ditch two or three feet deep was persistently getting clogged with debris, causing water to back up into the yard, said foreman Steve Mathews.

Department of Public Works employees replaced the tile under the driveway of the home at the intersection with Humble Avenue, laid 24-inch pipe along the ditch and tied the pipe into an existing drainage box at the corner of the property, he said. That work was done during the winter, but the drier months are a better time to work with the dirt and smooth it out, he said, although it still held more moisture than he’d prefer.

The crew has been putting down a layer of soil at one location and, while that dries and settles, moving elsewhere – such as Dawn Street, Meadow Drive, Bowen Avenue, Clarksdale Circle and Douglas Drive – where similar work was done in the winter, Mathews said. Then they rotate back to finish additional layers of dirt that will be sowed with grass seed, fertilized and covered with straw, he said.

These smaller projects are in addition to larger ones identified in the stormwater master plan the city commissioned to help prioritize stormwater issues. The plan, created by GRW Engineers Inc., divided the larger projects into in-house projects that can generally be done by Department of Public Works employees and capital projects that would typically need to be handled through a bidding process. The capital projects also require more steps in regard to obtaining permits, said city stormwater manager April Russell.

The plan was completed in November and two capital projects in the master plan are underway.

A Central Avenue project includes placing 300 feet of 30-inch plastic pipe with four drainage basins to catch overflow from the detention basin on Trista Lane, Mathews said. That work is expected to start in the next few weeks, he said. The estimated total project cost for Central Avenue is $28,320, according to the master plan.

The design work for a Marmak Drive project has been underway by GRW, with construction expected to be bid out this summer, Russell said. Runoff drains into the northwest corner of a yard in the 100 block of Marmak and then spreads south toward Columbia Avenue along the back property line of five homes, according to the master plan. Portions of that ground have been known to stay saturated more than a week after rain, according to the document, and groundwater may be surfacing downstream, keeping yards in the area wet for extended periods. The total estimated cost for Marmak is $95,478, according to the master plan.

The Central Avenue project and the design of the Marmak project were in the current year’s budget, Russell said. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, she hopes to get in the Marmak construction phase, the design for another capital project, at least one in-house project and the continuation of odds-and-ends work, such as cleaning out ditches.

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