Neighbor concerned about flooding from Merrillville church pond
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:39AM
MERRILLVILLE — A local church’s fix to stop its pond from flooding some neighboring homes has resulted in another neighbor complaining of water issues.
Resident Rebecca Lee said work done in the fall on the pond at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church at 7950 Marshall St. has changed the characteristics of the pond and caused flooding off Taney Place.
“Something needs to be done before the rainy season starts,” Lee told the board.
Matt Lake, executive director of Stormwater Management, said he already spoke with the landscaper who did the work at the church about doing additional grading and adding fill, which he said should alleviate the problem. He told Lee that work can be done at any time.
Lake said the church’s pond used to spill over into neighboring yards and houses. To fix the problem, Trinity Memorial Lutheran relocated the spillway to where it should be and a landscaper did grading work for the spillway, seeded the area and added rip rap.
“In doing that, parts on the other side of the church that were a little low started having water fill in,” Lake said.
He said the standing water is on church property, not Lee’s.
He said Lee is concerned the water will attract mosquitoes.
Lake said he would keep in touch with Lee to make sure the problem is resolved.
In other matters, the board elected Barbara Ghoston as its president by a 2-1 vote, Leonard White as vice president and Dorinda Gregor secretary. Both White and Ghoston had nominated themselves as president. Gregor cast the deciding vote for Ghoston.
Lake told the board all the agency’s equipment that was being stored at former board president Bud Crist’s residence is now at the Public Works Department and in pristine condition. He said he has some concerns about the camera truck, however, which he said has some sensitive equipment.
“We’ll need to store that someplace else,” he said.
The board also approved the second phase of storm sewer mapping by Robinson Engineering, which Lake said would complete the project, and agreements with Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District for public education and outreach services. NIRPC will receive $4,300, a substantial cut from the $11,000 it previously was paid, while the conservation district will be paid $5,000.
Lake said the conservation district will do some outreach that NIRPC could not.
“NIRPC is a more regional approach, while the conservation district is more local,” Lake said.