The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 10, 2013

Drainage issue brought before Albion board

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — One Village of Albion resident wound up with a wet house after the most recent inclement weather, and she took her concerns to the board Wednesday night.

Deborah Monnier said she has been a resident in the village for 34 years, and Wednesday’s meeting was only the third time she had gone before the board with a problem.

“I don’t want to get flooded anymore,” she said, “and I don’t want my neighbors to get flooded either.”

Monnier lives near St. Mary’s Church, and she said rainwater drains across the street to her house and can cause problems. “I’m not an engineer, but can we build a retaining wall to slow the amount of water coming down into the catch basin nearby?” she asked.

Public Works Superintendent Dale Brooks said some of the water problems Monnier has experienced came from a storm several years ago that meteorologists said occurs every 50 to 100 years. He said whatever work is done to alleviate her concerns would not come with a guarantee.

Mayor Dean Theodorakos said a “fair number of people have water issues” and the village cannot take responsibility for every situation.

However, Trustee Fred Miller noted that Monnier was right to come before the board.

“Let us know if there’s an obstruction in any of the basins,” he said. “We don’t often get three inches of rain like we had recently, but the basins can get filled up with water or debris, so if they are, let us know.”

The board said it would look into Monnier’s water drainage issue by checking with an engineer to see if there is a viable solution. Brooks cautioned her that finding a solution would be a tough task as her property lies in “the lowest spot in the village.”

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