According to the Commercial News, City council members discussed at length the continual flooding issue along Thompson and McCracken avenues at Tuesday’s meeting and a $19,000 proposed engineering survey to find a solution.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry suggested a Danville engineering firm with connections to Hoopeston to see what could be done. The firm, he said, would offer “fresh eyes to approach the problem.”
“We’ve lived with flooding for 50 years and the city has done nothing,” said Alderman Randy Carter, adding the city has done engineering surveys twice before and nothing has been done. “Is there a commitment from the city council to fix it?”
Alderman Alex Houmes added it would be a waste of money to do a survey and then wait until the city has the money to fix the problem and have to do another survey. Houmes asked whether it would be better to get a loan and do the work.
Maybe “get a tile guy to solve the solution,” Alderman Bill Goodwine suggested, instead of expensive engineers.
The problem, according to Crusinberry, is to get the the infrastructure identified, which an engineering survey would do. With the $7 increase in the water bill recently approved, one part would go under water and one part to the sewer, said Crusinberry, which would bring in an extra $16,000 a month into the budget to cover the expenses of a solution to the flooding issue.
The ideal solution, Crusinberry added, would be to catch the water before it came into town from the farmlands and Schumacher’s with retention ponds.
The discussion reached an impasse and was tabled for a recommendation from the sewer committee.
In other council business, council members approved 5-2 to remove the bell from the water tower and make it a point of interest for visitors at ground level. Aldermen Carl Ankenbrad and Brandon Hamilton voted no.