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Thursday, September 4 2014, 06:57 AM EDT
Dalton Council Considering Proposed Storm Water Fix
As the Dalton area deals with the effects of Wednesday's flooding, city council members are weighing a proposed plan to fix problem areas. 

City council members have a proposed $8-9 million three-phase plan in their hands to address storm water flooding and property erosion that has occurred across Dalton, including the McClellan Creek area, according to the city administrator.

Bobbie Holloway has lived in the southern part of Dalton for decades, and she said she is familiar with how often the creek behind her house floods.

"(It) fills up and overflows in the yard down there and the yard behind left to the little apartments," said Holloway, who added that she hasn't experienced issues on her own property.

"Property's complicated, and sometimes it's private property and sometimes it's public property, like a street," said Ty Ross, the city administrator, about where the proposed project stands. "But it has to be closely examined and considered for what's the long term cost."

Ross said the Atlanta engineering firm Dickson drafted a preliminary plan that includes building a detention pond at the old chamber of commerce site and enlarging culverts in flood-prone spaces. Dalton Utilities handles the city's storm water system and hired the firm to conduct the study, Ross said.

The Dalton Utilities spokesperson Laurie McDaniel wouldn't talk to NewsChannel9 on camera, but she said the company previously presented one study at a cost of $800,000 plus the most recent study from Dickson to city council members about how to best fix this problem. 

It's up to city council to decide how to move forward.

"There are different options. There are different ways to fund storm water whether it's through fees or property taxes, and that's currently being examined as well," said Ross.

There's no extra storm water fee right now, but some say a few extra dollars may be worth it.

"(For) things that need to be done the money has to come from somewhere," said Holloway.

Ross said the plan is very preliminary, and council has to decide whether any of the three phases fit into the city's needs. Council members are also looking into how to pay for the project if it is approved, Ross said.

The proposed plan isn't on the agenda, as of Wednesday, for discussion at the next Dalton City Council meeting, the city administrator said.

By Briona Arradondo       Dalton Council Considering Proposed Storm Water Fix

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