Planning commission discusses Whitman drainage 11.4.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci Planning Commission members decided Oct. 19 to follow a recommendation from the Lenawee County Drain Commission office in regard to a drainage issue at Whitman Crossing apartments.

Concern has been expressed in the past about whether the drainage system at the apartment complex is capable of handling storm water.

Engineer David Mitchell of the Drain Commission wrote a letter Sept. 28 suggesting that the City should monitor rainfall.

“It may be beneficial for the City of Morenci to commence logging after every rain event greater than one inch as to how long it takes the basins to become completely dry again,” Mitchell wrote.

He said the drain office recommends that the water stand no more than two days due to concerns about mosquitoes and other health issues.

City clerk/administrator Renée Schroeder contacted Craig Patterson of the Woda Group, the apartment developer, to inform him of the planning commission decision. After several months of logging data, she said, the issue will be addressed again.

Schroeder told Patterson the apartment complex is appreciated, but the drainage issue must be resolved.

She also mentioned that several residents from the area claim they have had more water in their basements since the apartments were constructed.

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