Valley Falls city council asked to help resolve dispute over drainage
by Clarke Davis
A problem with drainage in the 600 block of Walnut spilled into Valley Falls city court a year ago and rebounded to city hall last week.
Dale and Sarah Nordlund appeared before the council Feb. 15 represented by Ozawkie attorney Dennis Hawver.
The Nordlunds have a small basement area originally built as a bomb shelter that fills with water when it rains. They use a pump to empty it, but that’s when the problems begin.
A couple of neighbors have complained about where the water runs and it was these complaints that caused a ticket to be issued by police.
Dale Nordlund has dug a small ditch alongside the alley so the water will run past neighbors and onto public Corps ground. Hawver called this a reasonable solution and asked for the council’s approval.
The couple wants to keep their basement area dry, but trenching the alley is considered far too expensive not to mention the problems they would have avoiding the many underground utility lines.
The mayor and council chose to hold any decision in abeyance until the city administrator had a chance to visit the location and talk with neighbors.
In other business, the council:
- Held a special meeting Feb. 17 and hired Chad Jepson, Valley Falls, to fill a vacancy in the public works department. Jepson was last employed at the Shawnee County jail. The meeting was attended by Lucy Thomas, Jo Tichenor, and Todd Harrington. Chad Jepson is a brother to councilman Shawn Jepson, who stayed out of the hiring process when his brother applied. The city had 13 applications for the job and interviewed five.
- Heard from Flamingo Too owner Jose Chavez, who said he’d like to block the east end of Broadway for car and bike shows the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 6 p.m. He told the council he is also trying to get a St. Patrick’s Day parade lined up for March 17.
- The council approved zoning changes and variances for a Dollar General store that had previously been approved by the zoning commission.
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