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Clear Spring Town Council addresses water runoff problems

August 16, 2006

CLEAR SPRING - A step was taken Monday night toward relieving some Clear Spring town residents of water runoff problems.

First, a vote was taken at the monthly meeting to authorize the excavation and grading of sections of North and South Hawbaker circles, installing "V" trenches to redirect the runoff away from property owners.

Then the town council agreed to approve the low bid for 37 blacktop patches needed around town. A cost not to exceed $1,500 was agreed upon.

The situation was prompted by Donald Yeakle, who informed the town recently that the alley surface at his garage has been repaved, so it actually is higher than the garage.

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Because of that, he has a problem with water runoff, which results in rust and mildew on whatever is stored in the garage.

"The Washington County Highway Department came down and gave its opinion on the Yeakle problem," said Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. Those suggestions led the town to seek work estimates.

The grading work on North and South Hawbaker circles is expected to cost the town around $5,000.

"We're going to do what we can," said Councilman Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale.

Councilman Steve Blickenstaff said the new grading should direct the runoff through the existing drainage along the ball fields.

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