By Melanie Yingst
CONCORD TWP. — Concord Township Trustees talked about their recent meeting with the Miami County Engineering Department to discuss complaints in regards to flooding issues within the township — specifically in the Beechwood and Lakeshore area — at their bimonthly meeting Tuesday.
Trustee Tom Mercer said the area has had significant flooding in most recent years and was not just limited to the two major flooding events in May and December 2013.
Mercer said the township does not have a responsibility in regards to flood control other than cleaning and maintaining catch basins from debris.
“We (Concord Township trustees) don’t install drainage, we don’t improve drainage,” Mercer said. “About the only thing we do is maintain catch basins, which we go around and clear of obstruction.”
Mercer said he and trustee Don Pence received information from the county engineering office to pass along to Concord Township residents.
“From what I took from our meeting with Mr. Huelskamp is, ultimately, the homeowners would pay for improvements to that situation if it warrants that,” Mercer said.
Mercer also said if homeowners were to pursue drainage improvements, a petition would have to be filed with the Miami County Commissioners. Mercer also said the commissioners would have a final say if the work was approved.
Mercer also stated Huelskamp reminded trustees that roadside ditches are designed to clean water from the roadways, not private property.
“It’s there to get the water off the roads,” Mercer said.
Mercer asked Pence and trustee Bill Whidden if they thought to contact their legal adviser if a study of the problem was needed.
Pence said he thought it was interesting that at the county level there were no designated funds for such projects. Pence also said he learned that residents can petition for the work themselves and bypass the process of involving the township.
Both Pence and Whidden discussed the positives and negatives of homeowners hiring a private company to do the work or the county performing the work.
Pence said he believed the trustees should get the concerned residents in a group meeting. Pence also said the problem may also be coming from upstream.
Whidden said an informational meeting in the next few weeks would be beneficial to homeowners with Huelskamp to explain the detailed process and to address their concerns and questions.
In other township news, Concord Township trustees signed a purchase order for $175,000 for the 2014 paving program.
Trustees also said the maintenance of the township building at 2678 State Route 718 would be discussed after the leasor notifies them of their future lease agreement plans.
Trustees also gave permission to road superintendent Neil Rhoades to notify residents if they violate the brush pick-up restrictions. Trustees said homeowners will be notified if their curb side pick-up is not in compliance with township specifications and Rhoades will leave notification. Fiscal officer Pat Quillen said she would discuss clarifying the brush guidelines on the township’s website.
Trustees will be at the Miami County Fair building on Aug. 12 noon to 4 p.m. Pence showed the trustees the Concord Township’s new informational poster. The poster included landmarks and places of interest in Concord Township. Pence’s granddaughter, Emma Pence, donated her time to design the display piece, which will be on display at the county fair.
The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 19.
For more information, visit www.concord-township.com.