Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 21, 2014

Stormwater project will begin later this year

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — About 40 homeowners attended a meeting Jan. 16 to learn what the plans are for the city’s stormwater project.

Mayor Rick Fledderman said the project stems from problems that occurred in 2009 when “we saw some areas that flooded that never flooded before” due to heavy downpours. Some of the infrastructure is also deteriorating, he noted.

The project, which is estimated to cost about $1.5 million, will be funded through a low-interest loan, and “we were also able to access some community development funds,” for items such as sidewalks.

He outlined where improvements will be made: The culvert under EGS Boulevard and Valley Drive will be upgraded. A sidewalk will be put in from EGS to Columbus Avenue and from Columbus Avenue to Huntersville Road. “We’ll look at other road improvements as needed .... There will be some repaving built into it.”

Improvements will be made on West Pearl Street. On Second Street, “there is a lot of stormwater that drains into Sycamore Lake that comes from a large part of downtown.” A filtration system will be put in there to “filter out the sediments.”

On Vine Street, some storm drains will be replaced. “They’re some of the oldest in the city,” the mayor reported. “We will reroute some of the stormwater to go through there.” In addition, behind the Stonebridge Inn, water will be rerouted into the lake on the golf course.

On Park Avenue, “we’ll put more inlets in between Depot and Catherine streets.” On Central Avenue between Mulberry Street and South Park Avenue, a sidewalk will added along with curb and gutter on the south side and some inlets.

The project will be bid in the spring with construction beginning in the summer/fall. It will be completed in the spring/summer 2015.

Fledderman said a stormwater rate review is being done. Currently, homeowners pay $2 a month and business $6-$8 a month on their utility bills. “That’s cheap compared to other areas.

“Everything we do as far as water control comes under stormwater. We have to spend money to control stormwater runoff .... (and) we’re looking at the overall well-being of the community. Fixing a stormwater problem in one area will reduce or relieve the problem in another area.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.