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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Report From the New Albany Potty Police

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the New Albany Potty Police (NAPP)for being the pro-active citizen advocates they are, Thank you for giving so much of your time and energy, and for being so diligent in your quest for truth and answers.
At the end of this article, folks will find contact information for the EPA official who is overseeing New Albany's problems and handling submitted reports.
If you live in one of the areas that have experiened repeated sewage overflows for years upon years, we think you might appreciate having this information.

New Albany Potty Police Member said...
Speaking of when it rain, it pours...we have some of the stats in from our September 22nd & September 23rd rainfall and how well our Sewers worked.

The City reports 18 sewer system overflows (though the State reports 19), and maintain they did not bypass. The City is declaring this a 42 hour rain even with a total of 6.23".

The City is also maintaining there were no SSO's on the 22nd; we would beg to disagree. The City maintains the overflows did not happen until 9:51 am on the 23rd.

The City maintains Joe Kraft Park didn't have any SSO's. The Engineer questioned how that could be, seeing it was under water by 11:00 pm on the 22nd? "Well, we walked back in there and didn't see any residue." The Engineer was sure any such residue would have washed away.

The other locations were 3 at the Robert E. Lee; 3 on Cherry Valley (underwater by 11:00 pm the 22nd); Linda Drive Area in mini-basin 18. Basin 16 was overwhelmed, which would be the Korb and Sanderson area. Basin 12, which we are assuming would be Cummins and the Lewis Street areas; the Meiers and the I-265 areas; and Arnie's (that's how they refer to the manhole out in the middle of the street). We could have sworn they said they fixed Arnie's, though.

The Old Ford area, where again, not a lot of specifics, but mentioned how a 12 inch line ran into a 6 inch line which ran into a 8 inch line which ran into a 15 inch line which then runs into a 10 inch line. Whew, doggies. Sure hope we got all of that one right.

Up in Silver Hills and the people down on Corydon Pike -- there was totally black sewage running down towards Corydon Pike from between 1705 and 1707 Woodland Rd up behind you. They are maintaining a line completely broke.

Another issue we have with the "reporting" going on is the "guesstimation" there was only 32,520 GPD leaking out during this time frame. State records.

Also, at E 6th and Elm, sewer board says it a storm drain -- is it?

The Engineers weren't buying the Clark-Deitz's "engineering study" done so more houses could be built out the Green Valley/Daisy Lane area. Mr. Fifer (you could hardly hear him) actually admitted he might have a conflict of interest with this subject. Anyways, it was ordered sent to the EPA for their scrutiny. Thank you Mr. Solomon and Mr. Utz.

The missing EDIT monies we were after last YEAR was brought to the floor by the Engineers, this time -- not us. The Mayor told them to go get it from the Council. The Sewer Board misspent the monies and now they want more? Help.

You know there has to be a lot more, but we are tired so to all a goodnight. Thanks for the space, EastEnder.

12:37 AM, October 05, 2006

EPA Associate Regional Council - Erik Olsen 318-886-6829
(Pictures are welcomed) 77 West Jackson Road
Chicago, IL 60604

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pardon the Interruption

We are editing the latest posting with some additional information, and it will be re-posted with a couple of changes.
Besides the added information, most of the comments that were tagged to it will be gone. This is being done for several reasons.
First of all, Freedom of Speech (FOS) has decided NOT to allow comments on that blog. For whatecver reasons, that is their perogative, and it must be respected. Therefore, this blog, Speak Out Loud New Albany (SOLNA), will NOT become the 'default' comment section for FOS.
We have asked again and again that folks stay on topic for discussions and leave the personal attacks and/or 'taunting' off of SOLNA. However, our requests have gone unheeded for the most part, so we must implement some stricter "RULES".
From this point forward any comments about the FOS blog, it's administrator(s), it's policies, it's intentions, etc., etc., will be promptly deleted from SOLNA. Should the person(s) involved with the FOS blog wish to engage in such discussions, the option to open up the site for comments is theirs.
Any and all comments that attack any private citizens on a personal level are off limits as well.
Now, in an effort to endorse idea of community discussions, and in the interest of information disbursement, should there be a "TOPIC" on FOS regarding a community issue that you want to civilly discuss on SOLNA, such comments will be allowed to stand.
This decision has been carefully considered and is not up for discussion, nor will we waste time defending this decision. So, don't waste your time trying to tell us we should be doing things differently.
Look for the previous posting to be re-posted on Friday with additional vital information.