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Boone Town Council Approves Storm Water Management Task Force, Will Hear Analysis On Issue In January

By Mark S. Kenna

Oct. 18, 2013. As a way to curb the long-time flooding problem in Boone along the U.S. 321 corridor, Boone Town Council approved the implementation of a Storm Water Management Task Force on Thursday.

Town Council moved to table discussion pending an infrastructure analysis from the Public Works Department. The analysis is scheduled to be presented during a January meeting.

Lynn Mason, town council member, spoke about the importance of citizen involvement and input in regards to this issue.

It may be better to create a base layer of information from the technical people and then bring that information to the town as a public hearing, added Mayor Pro-Tem Jamie Leigh.

“I’m not really sure they’re in a position to provide those initial answers,” Leigh said. “They would be better equipped to see what the technical people come up with and then to comment from there.”

This is a good first step to bringing this all together, Andy Ball, town council member, noted.

“Bringing in some stakeholders might be a good idea as well,” Ball added.

Initially, the Boone Town Council wanted to have a report brought to them within a one-month period.

A status report would be too hard to put together in one month, added Public Works Director Blake Brown.

Town Council will have to go back and look at the last water study, review the parameters of the law and how the town meets the legal requirements, Town Manager Greg Young said

Stormwater is a two-phase issue, one phase deals with water run-off and the other deals with water quality, Young added

Candidate and incumbent Councilman Rennie Brantz mentioned the formation of a Storm Water Management Task Force during the “Meet the Candidates Forum,” held in the Town Council chambers on Oct. 9.  Candidate for Town Council David Quint agreed with Brantz’ proposal during the “Meet the Candidates Forum,” citing that this issue has caused injuries and death; Several candidates added that this issue has been a burden to landowners, too. 

Bryson Cox drowned behind the Red Carpet Inn after a culvert, hidden due to a flood, sucked the 7-year-old boy into Kraut Creek in August 2010.