It’s just coincidence that Archbold Village Council approved a study of the village storm water drainage infrastructure soon after 3.6 inches of rain fell in two days.
“I think a lot of people are looking to us to maybe resolve some of the issues they might have,” said Brad Grime, mayor, at the Monday, Aug. 2 council meeting.
“We have a good (storm water) infrastructure. We really do.”
But he said the ground was already saturated after several rains during July, so when 1.1 inches of rain fell Friday, July 23, and another 2.5 inches fell Saturday, July 24, the ditches and creeks couldn’t handle the influx.
Council approved allowing Donna Dettling, village administrator, to issue a request for qualifications from firms that can complete an evaluation of the village storm water drainage infrastructure.
The study will look at not only storm drains and pipelines under village streets, but also the outlets Archbold sends its storm water to: Brush Creek and Flat Run Creek.
“We realize there is a ton of work to be done” on the storm water system, Dettling said. By having the study done, village officials can better determine where to do big storm drain projects “and get the biggest bang for our buck,” she said.
Dexter Krueger, village engineer, said the study could look at retention ponds, where storm water can be stored and allowed to drain later, and swales, gentle earthen valleys that direct storm water.
Council also discussed looking outside the village to resolve in-town storm water problems.
Krueger said his office knows there are logjams in the creeks. He said the village will partner with the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Fulton County Engineer Office, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The plan will also include the German Township Trustees.
Working together, funding may be available to not only clear the logjams, but also remove ash trees within 100 feet of the creeks.
Krueger said once the study is completed, the village will be at an advantage when applying for grant funding. He noted one grant program has had its funding doubled every year.
The study won’t result in a quick solution to the problems.
But the village can develop a list of work that needs to be done, then resolve each item on that list.
Grime said Jason Martz, village street commissioner, took a lot of calls from citizens, and that some “were not too pleased” with the flooding issues.
He said people wondered why the village can’t simply build bigger storm drainage pipelines.
The problem is inadequate outlets; in other words, no place for the water to go. Bigger storm sewers would only delay the onset of flooding.
Kevin Morton, council president, said some people believe Archbold storm water goes to a big holding tank.
Dettling said village officials have started setting money aside from municipal income tax collections for miscellaneous storm water projects, just as they do for miscellaneous water and wastewater projects.
All council members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, Aug. 16, 5:30 pm. in council chambers.