Emerson council hears storm drain report
by Jason Lowrey
Apr 10, 2012 | 969 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emerson City Council met Monday night to hear the annual report on the city's storm sewers. Todd Heath delivered the report and described the problems facing Emerson's storm water system, which carries rainfall or runoff from snow rather than sewage.

"Some of the problems that are associated with the storm water is that you get a decrease in the quality of the water and also an increase in the quantity of the water," Heath said. "These are caused by developing land and disturbing land."

Developing land includes such things as parking lots or buildings, while disturbing land describes construction or landscaping. Parking lots and buildings can funnel water to a specific point, creating an overflow issue, while construction or landscaping can cause silt to run off into the storm water system and restrict flow through the pipes.

Heath also mentioned that trash and litter are becoming a problem. Emerson's storm water systems are mostly open drainage ditches that flow into pipes, which makes it easier for trash to get into the system and create blockages.

The report was part of Emerson's Best Management Practices, which calls for two presentations a year on the municipal storm water system to keep the city council informed. Heath will present solutions to the storm drain problems at the next council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, April 23.

Also on the agenda was the approval of a permit for a LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center construction trailer. While the planning and zoning board did not recommend approval, Mayor Al Pallone still pushed for approval because the structure was temporary with a gravel driveway and not a permanent structure. The city council approved the measure.