Merrillville reviews stormwater spending

2013-09-23T19:30:00Z Merrillville reviews stormwater spendingChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
September 23, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A review of the Stormwater Utility's spending in each of Merrillville's seven wards generated no criticism from town leaders.

About $1.3 million has been spent in the town's 6th Ward since 2008 and more than $1 million in the 2nd Ward, according to a chart made available during a recent Town Council workshop. About $500,000 has been spent in each of the five other wards.

Councilman Don Spann asked Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility, to provide a spending chart to examine the amount of funds used in each ward. Spann made no comments about the spending distribution while it was discussed at the meeting.

Lake said the Stormwater Utility approaches its projects by using science instead of looking at political boundaries.

Lake County Surveyor George Van Til attended the workshop and supported work completed by the Stormwater Utility.

Van Til emphasized creating a policy to spend an even amount in each ward "doesn't make sense."

"You have to go where the problems are," Van Til said.

Councilman Tom Goralczyk said there are projects, such as the ongoing drainage work on Taft Street, which provide benefits to multiple areas of Merrillville.

Lake said the Stormwater Utility is updating its master plan. The document, which should be completed by the spring, will include a listing of drainage projects that the town will prioritize.

Christopher B. Burke Engineering is working with stormwater officials to complete the update.

Drainage studies have identified several locations scattered throughout Merrillville that need drainage improvements.

During a Stormwater Management Board meeting last month, town officials were asked to review maps and point out other flood-prone areas in Merrillville.

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