Domineck, Tuxedo drainage repairs approved
by Celia Shortt
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and newly elected council member Dustin Koritko voted in opposition with other council members Tuesday on how to proceed in repairing drainage problems on Domineck Street and Tuxedo Avenue.
Recently, the council called for a drainage analysis at the request of the residents of both those streets as their drainage ditch would flood after a heavy rain.
Newnan Public Works Director and Engineer Michael Klahr presented the results of the study, which found that although the system was working, it was inadequate and not up to today’s design standard.
The analysis also included three different options for fixing the problem and bringing it up to date. Two of the options included re-piping the ditch. Both of these cost just around $90,000 and would require work on private property.
Another option was a new storm system network that would capture the stormwater above Tuxedo Avenue and route it directly to a creek further down West Washington Street, which would decrease the volume of stormwater routed through the ditch.
All of this work could be performed on public property.
“When you do option two, then what is left is adequate,” said Klahr. “We can do all that work in the right-of-way.”
“With that water that is re-routed downstream, does that increase the flow at that point to a point where it will overflow the banks and displace homes down there?” asked Koritko.
Klahr responded that it should not.
This cost for this option is almost $171,000 — nearly double the cost of the other options.
Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips gave some background on the situation and gave some awareness about the precedent approving this option could set.
“It is the better of the two options, even though it is not a perfect option,” he said. “At any given time, we probably have five or six similar situations in the engineering department that are ongoing.”
“We probably need to be aware of what street we’re going down,” he added. “I just want you to be aware of this financially.”
Phillips said the city may eventually be looking at storm water management.
The mayor echoed those sentiments.
“I brought this up last time it was discussed,” Brady said. “You are morphing toward that storm warning management thing which we declined as a group several years ago… so when we start doing these things, be aware.”
The council approved moving forward with the more expensive option, with Brady and Koritko opposing.
“My concern is not with that particular project, something needs to be done to resolve the issue,” said Brady after the meeting. “I believe that we need to address the stormwater issue in a more comprehensive way and not on a one-off basis.”
Tuesday’s also meeting included agenda items from the Jan. 28 meeting which was canceled because of severe weather.