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Residents discuss drainage concerns

MONTOUR FALLS—A number of residents spoke to the Montour Falls village board about water drainage complaints and concerns, at the Monday, Aug. 16 meeting.
Three Turner Park road residents were present to talk about drainage concerns.  They wanted an update on the drainage project.  The board has previously talked about how to control water drainage down the looped road off of College Avenue.
Mayor Donna Kelley said the plan at this point includes installing storm drains for sure.  Residents have an issue of water flowing off of properties and onto neighbor’s properties, and down the road.  Kelley added that curbing is currently being taken out because no matter what the end plan is, curbing has to come out.
She explained putting curbing back in areas where it is taken out is still up for debate due to the cost.  Kelley said the plan is to do storm drains this year, and paving the streets next year.
Robert James, owner of Bout Time Bed and Breakfast, also spoke to the board during public comment about the entrance of his driveway.  He said water doesn’t drain properly, and even goes across his driveway.  James said there are a couple of options for fixing this sort of problem.
James said he had contacted the mayor three weeks previously, and a meeting was arranged.  He said one issue was he thought Kelley would be present, but she was not.  Kelley said she had sent three workers to look at the problem, including the foreman.
Mike Hughey, highway foreman, said the way it was explained to him, certain vehicles scrape their underside when driving into the parking lot.  He added he didn’t see it as a drainage problem.
Board members Jim Howell and John King agreed to meet with James.
In other business:
• The board approved two street closings, both for Friday, Sept. 10.  West Main Street will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon for the Grand Prix Festival.  Schuyler Street will also be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Falls Home Street Fest.
• Kelley said library ownership would not be transferred to the library board.  The village board approved Kelley to sign the agreement for the Main Street grant that would cover work on the library.  She explained the funds would go to fixing structural integrity concerns only.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Sept. 7 at 6;30 p.m.  Kelley suggested the meeting start earlier because there will be a number of presentations on the agenda.


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