Condos want to join county drainage program

By D. Anthony Botkin - [email protected]

The Scioto Pointe Reserve of Powell approached Delaware County commissioners Thursday, asking to be a part of the county’s drainage maintenance program.

“The condo unit is seeking to be part of the county drainage maintenance program,” said Scott Stevens, of Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District. “At the time of building, they were not part of the drainage review.”

According to Stevens, maintenance issues for condo units are handled by property management companies and are usually not part of the county drainage program, like housing developments.

Stevens said becoming part of the program is a three-part process with a petition and two hearings before commissioners would accept the condo units into the program.

The next phase of accepting The Pointe into the drainage program is making sure everything is in working order, Stevens said.

“We’ll do the field work to assess if everything is there,” Stevens said. “We’ll make sure the components are in good shape and are all functioning.”

John Schiller, representative for The Pointe, said that, as an association, they invited the county to come look at a problem of erosion along a property line shared with the Scioto Golf Course.

“We were having some erosion issues there the last three years,” Schiller said. “We thought the problem was run-off from the Scioto Golf Course.”

Schiller, in the meantime, learned from another condo association about taking part in the county program. Schiller discussed becoming part of the program with the condo board and started a petition.

“We’re not experts,” Schiller said. “We’re just trying to be proactive and fiscally responsible in taking steps so the problem won’t get worst.”

Schiller said that, in the long run, being part of the county program is much like insurance. “I think of it as insurance if we do have a problem,” he said.

County commissioners directed the county engineer to proceed with the preparations of plans, reports and schedules for consideration of The Pointe being accepted into the county drainage maintenance program.

By D. Anthony Botkin

[email protected]

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.