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Drainage bylaw gets positive reviews

The public attended an open house regarding the city's proposed drainage bylaw Thursday.

The city’s proposed surface drainage bylaw would allow for more tangible solutions than just advice when public complaints are received.

“I think it is long overdue,” said Frank Vagi after surveying the information available at an open house on the draft bylaw on Thursday night at the Grandin Clubhouse.

The draft bylaw would set up municipal rules about drainage such as where roof downspouts could be placed or require owners to keep their property surface grades at an authorized level.

The bylaw would allow the city to enforce solutions if there are complaints about drainage. Currently the city gets about 50 to 75 complaints a year and can suggest fixes, but can’t make private landowners co-operate.

Tracy Allen, director of engineering, said city staff would always try education before enforcement.

But right now the only way a drainage issue could be solved if neighbours won’t co-operate is if one takes the other to court.

The boards on display on Thursday noted that, like most other bylaws, the drainage bylaw would be enforced only if the city received complaints.

Clara Marks said the bylaw is a wonderful idea, noting where houses are built closer together drainage can be an issue between neighbours.

Her husband Mike noted that the City of Edmonton has had a drainage bylaw in place for a while.

The bylaw was suggested by Coun. Sheena Hughes, who attended the open house at Grandin Clubhouse to get public feedback on the draft.

“The feedback we’ve been getting is really positive,” she said, noting she’s looking forward to seeing it enacted.

Coun. Wes Brodhead also attended the open house and said councillors will occasionally get calls from people with drainage concerns.

“I’ve had a number of them. Usually in the springtime, people want you to come out and see their issue,” Brodhead said.

The boards on display on Thursday noted that, like most other bylaws, the drainage bylaw would be enforced only if the city received complaints.

For those who weren’t able to attend the open house but would like to give feedback, there is an online survey on the city’s website: www.stalbert.ca/

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