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Verona seeks flood grant

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Verona city staff took advantage of the rains on Monday to shoot photos of how uncontrolled storm water drainage has become a serious problem.

City Clerk Julie Ruscha plans to include the photos as documentation in the city's application for funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Ruscha will submit the application this week.

The photographs showed "things we're accustomed to," Ruscha said. These include water rising out of the concrete ditch in front of the post office to fill the street.

To get funding, Ruscha said the city has proposed projects that will benefit the entire town, not just specific neighborhoods. City council members have re-examined the plan and stripped out portions that could be done with city labor.

The application asks for funds for three specific areas:

* Brown Street, located outside the city limits, which creates run-off problems for the northwest corner of town.

* Dora and Ella streets, both north-south roadways, around the school complex. Ruscha said construction of the new high school changed the way storm water drains, making the current problems worse.

* Adams and Washington streets, also north-south streets that serve as drainways that bring rain downtown to Third Street.

The city is seeking $400,000 in grant money, which will be matched with $100,000 in local funds. Ruscha said the city has accumulated $81,000 from its capital improvements sales tax. She expected the balance to be within reach by the time the project concludes.

As part of making storm water improvements, aldermen plan to purchase a piece of new equipment that will move earth and clean ditches. Ruscha said exactly what equipment to buy has yet to be decided.

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