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.”
Monnier said something “needs to be done so I don’t get flooded out. ... this is not right.”
Another issue brought before the board involved a tree near the recently refurbished village park. As a rather large tree, its roots have caused heaving in the sidewalk, creating lips in the sidewalk as high as two inches or more.
Theodorakos addressed the issue, saying that in conversations with Brooks they determined the tree in question to be in good health. He did acknowledge the potential hazard with the tree roots causing the sidewalk to shift, and the added concern over increased traffic at the park.
The board agreed to further explore the issue at a later meeting.
Also on Wednesday, Code Enforcement Officer Ron Vendetti proposed bringing a farmers market to the village. His proposal suggested putting the market on East Bank Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays from the third week in June until some time in October.
“I want to bring people downtown and promote the community,” he said. There are other farmers markets in the area, but none on the day he proposed, he said.
The board approved him moving forward with the project.
In other news, the board announced the next planning board meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the village’s year-end meeting is on May 29 at 7 p.m.