Flood solutions sought PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:53
Pemberville business owner Denny Henline makes a case for a flood mound for businesses in Pemberville. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Residents were assured Tuesday night that the village would follow its special purpose flood damage reduction ordinance on any projects proposed in the Portage River flood plain.
Mayor Gordon Bowman, speaking as flood plain manager during the village council meeting, said the ordinance allows development "but there are many conditions to meet. There can be a multi-purpose mound, a levee or even a snow fence. Scientific engineering studies would be required. The number one issue is that there can be no adverse impact. Those (study) costs are quite high and I do not believe the village has that kind of money."
The 25-page ordinance was adopted by council July 19, 2011 and designates the mayor as flood plain manager.
Earlier Tuesday the village's Flood Committee, spent 90 minutes discussing a multi-purpose mound proposed by businessman Denny Henline. The meeting was also attended by a representative of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and several citizens.
Discussion during the morning session also touched on the Portage River clean out south of the village and other long-term concerns about the river and the issues it presents for the village.
Flood Committee Chairperson Eric Campbell ended the session saying the matter was in the hands of Bowman, due to the ordinance and the matter should never have come to the committee. The meeting was arranged in an attempt to help clarify the issue.
Parking lot and riverfront properties in Pemberville.
Henline aired his proposal at council's March 18 meeting and said he hoped for a quick decision. Henline said the plan would help protect businesses on Front Street from flooding. He said a December flood caused $37,000 in damage to his property.
Bowman said all of the property where Henline's proposed 300-foot long, four feet high mound would have been located belongs to the village.
Henline contended Tuesday morning his deed dating to the 1800s shows his property line goes to the middle of the river.
Jessica Sautter, who lives on Water Street on the opposite of the river, raised the issue Tuesday night, saying council needed to be aware of how the mound could affect those residents. "The project would have real consequences." She urged council to follow the rules.
Sautter said she had not been able to attend the daytime meeting and asked that any future meetings be scheduled when it was more likely working residents could attend.
Village officials said the ODNR official had to travel from Columbus, but indicated they understood the need for evening meetings.
The flood ordinance is posted on the village's website (www.pemberville.org) under the Flood Committee button.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:52

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