Concern Raised Over Storm Water System Infrastructure

Concern Raised Over Storm Water System Infrastructure

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The city council will discuss the storm water issue once again Tuesday—many hoping they can pass a management plan in order to be compliant with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and avoid any fees.

But folks are raising questions about the condition of our storm water system.

We received several photos from a viewer of storm water inlets that have obviously not been kept up by the city. We talked with one councilman to get his reaction and to ask what the city can do.

Cracks. Weeds. Disasters for bikers waiting to happen. As you can see, many are so clogged, there's nowhere for the water to escape.

If you're driving down heavily traveled roads like Government, you'll notice most of the storm water inlets are perfectly fine and kept up. But there are inlets along Royal  and Baker Streets that are banged up and overgrown.

A storm water management plan has yet to be voted on by city council, in fear of receiving hefty fines by the state's department of Environmental Management. An estimated $500,000 could be spent.

"…To an engineer who will perform certain activities to assist the city to become in compliance," says District 3 Councilman John Williams.

But some are wondering why equal concern isn't being given to the condition of our storm water system. Williams says the pictures are disturbing, but not surprising, as littering is not uncommon in some areas. But agrees something needs to be done.

"When the actual drain is blocked, then it is the city's responsibility. But we also must use our enforcement, our code enforcement as well as the police officers when we see someone blowing things or throwing things into our streets."

I spoke with Barbara Drummond with the city and she says if anyone sees something like this, they should call 311. They have municipal workers doing community service hours who can come check this out.

Meanwhile, the city could vote on the management plan during their meeting Tuesday.

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