Storm Water Task Force Steps to Undertake
- Divide the severe areas affected by the most recent storm into subsections. Assign task force members, 3 to each subcommittee, to analyze each subsection. Report back to the full committee addressing the following key points:
- Assess the number and capacity of the existing wet well lift stations. Draw conclusions if additional ones are needed and if existing ones need upgrades. Upgrading is defined as either overhaul or replacement of current equipment or adding capacity to the current pumping equipment. Try to be specific in the upgrades being proposed.
- Evaluate the current drainage lines either leading to the lift stations or discharging into basins. Decide if the current lines are adequate should pumping capacity be increased, or should more lines be installed to lower groundwater accumulation? Include a list of any residential properties where the owners have indicated a desire to provide easements and authorize drainage lines to access private property. These should be in areas where the property being considered is one of the lowest elevation points in the affected neighborhood.
- Review the maintenance practices and preventative actions currently performed by the city. Provide suggested improvements as needed.
- Critique (constructively) city actions following the recent event and develop action steps viewed as beneficial in the event (hopefully never to occur) we have a repeat of an extreme rainfall.
- Following data collection and subcommittee reports:
- Identify best construction practices to use for installing additions and/or system upgrades
- Insure public input has been received once the reports are available
- Work with professionals having the technical expertise to discuss, improve, and formulate a budget for the suggested work.
- Prepare a final report for submission to the City Council.