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Darlington residents concerned about drainage problems

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Several residents from County Road 157, located off Darlington Road, attended the Ligonier Township Municipal Authority meeting to voice concerns about a water drainage issue caused by the sewer lines that were installed in May.

Jim Roskosh, who said he came in support of his neighbors, spoke of how the lack of proper drainage is causing rain to form a “small lake” across the road.

“We haven't had any rain out there at all in a week, maybe more, and there is still water in that lake,” he said. “It's not draining into the ground at all, and I think that's from the machines running over it. I believe what you have now is hard-packed dirt, and the only way that water is disappearing is through evaporation. That needs to be regraded, and that problem needs to be addressed.”

The water is attracting mosquitoes, Roskosh added.

One resident presented before and after photographs of the road to show the drainage problem.

Glen Kalp said the board has been aware of the problem.

“It's going to be taken care of,” Kalp said.

Ina Seibert, whose family owns a cottage on the road, does not want a pipe placed in her yard to drain the water, as she does not believe it will fix the problem.

“The ground is what has to be fixed,” she said. “The field has to be fixed.”

Engineer Bruce Smith said he is exploring options for amending the problem.

“It's going to take a couple weeks to get it resolved,” Smith said.

According to Smith, the grass hasn't grown in the area surrounding the road, and without vegetation, the water cannot be drained into the ground.

In other news:

• The board approved the installation of a wireless alarm system at the Oakwood Hills water tank and the reservoir water tank. Ligonier Township Water Department Manager Paul Knupp said the system, which will cost $3,960, will notify him when the water level at either site is abnormal.

The Oakwood Hills water tank has drained twice in the past month and a half, Kalp said.

• The board also approved the installation of four no trespassing signs at the reservoir and treatment plant, as Knupp said he has had some trouble with people driving quads on the property, causing damage. The price for the four signs, which will discourage ATVs, swimming and fishing, will be $275.80.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 4.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or