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Staunton considers underground pipe system

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

An ongoing need for improved drainage in Clay County areas was the main discussion the the monthly Town Board meeting in Staunton.

Mark Downey, a commonwealth engineer, discussed plans to implement an underground pipe system that would vastly improve the towns rain water drainage.

Plans currently have the pipes ranging from 12-42 inches in size and will be placed all over town. The current sizes allow for expansion if they are needed in particular areas. Board President Andy Kircher said the expansion was needed because the current system is "collapsed and plugged up."

Downey said the town would ask for a $1 million grant, the maximum amount allowed for such a grant. Kircher said getting the money shouldn't be a problem because none of the money would be put up by the town.

One step needed to be taken before the digging process can begin is to check with the Department of Natural Resources to make sure the digging won't destroy any items of historical importance, such a brick roads.

Kircher said he didn't foresee this being a problem.

Though substantial measures are being taken to improve the drainage situation, Downey said people would still have to engage routine maintenance to keep overflow out of their homes. He also said even with the large-scale project, problems with flooding are never unavoidable.

"Drainage is the most nebulas thing out there," Downey said. "We're putting in moderate sized pipes, but if we get five inches of rain, it's going to flood."

The project application is due June 12.

Also discussed at the meeting was a plan to include Staunton in a county-wide disaster relief plan. Discussing the matter was Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband.

Husband had made a similar presentation at other county meetings in towns such as Brazil and Harmony.

The plan was put in so that if a natural disaster, like the one that hit the area last June, were to occur again, there would be a specific plan with specific functions to be performed by local officials.

The Board unanimously agreed to pass the motion.

"If Brazil adopted (the plan) I see no reason we shouldn't," said Board Member Brad Webster. "Anything that brings in more money is a good step for us to take."



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