Ca­toosa eval­u­at­ing stormwa­ter is­sues around the jail

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Adam Cook [email protected]

‘We’re look­ing at fix­ing the en­trance and maybe clear­ing an area next to that to hope­fully help with the wa­ter vol­ume. It could help slow down some of that wa­ter that comes down (High­way) 41.’ James Davis plan­ning and zon­ing di­rec­tor

Ca­toosa County com­mis­sion­ers re­cently signed off on an en­gi­neer­ing agree­ment to hope­fully rec­tify some of the stormwa­ter is­sues that cur­rently ex­ist at the jail and sher­iff’s of­fice.

Plan­ning and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor James Davis ex­plained the is­sues dur­ing the Dec. 4 Board of Com­mis­sioner’s meet­ing by point­ing out that pa­trol ve­hi­cles are hav­ing a hard time com­bat­ing flood­ing dur­ing heavy rain­falls.

“The sher­iff has had a cou­ple of in­stances re­cently with the flash flood­ing where his pa­trol cars haven’t been able to get in or out of the jail due to the wa­ter is­sues,” Davis said.

Davis re­quested and re­ceived ap­proval of an en­gi­neer­ing pact with CTI En­gi­neers to de­sign a plan to help rem­edy the stormwa­ter is­sues.

“For the task or­der, CTI will gather to­po­graphic data and pre­pare draw­ings and de­tails to as­sist the county in al­le­vi­at­ing ero­sion and flood­ing is­sues at the jail en­trance off U.S. 41,” Davis said.

Some of the im­prove­ments Davis hopes to ad­dress with the project in­clude mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the ex­ist­ing de­ten­tion pond on site.

“The ex­ist­ing de­ten­tion ponds were built prior to cur­rent stan­dards and guide­lines,” Davis said. “They can be re­mod­eled. What we’re look­ing at do­ing is look­ing is see­ing if we can re-route some of that wa­ter from U.S. 41 into those de­ten­tion ponds and help slow it down.”

The en­gi­neer­ing cost will be $53,600 and will be paid from 2014 stormwa­ter SPLOST funds.

Davis said the price in­cludes sur­veys, hy­draulic and hy­dro­logic anal­y­sis, de­sign draw­ings, bid as­sis­tance, and con­struc­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion on the part of CTI.

“We’re hop­ing we can up­date the ex­ist­ing ponds to help con­trol some of the wa­ter vol­ume that’s com­ing down high­way 41 and flood­ing the jail by mak­ing some mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the ex­ist­ing ponds,” Davis said.

Davis added that plans could in­clude rais­ing the en­trance to the jail where it cur­rently dips down.

“We’re look­ing at fix­ing the en­trance and maybe clear­ing an area next to that to hope­fully help with the wa­ter vol­ume,” Davis said. “It could help slow down some of that wa­ter that comes down (High­way) 41. When it flash floods, it’s ridicu­lous. That’s why we had to do Chap­man Road.”

Last year, the county and the city of Ring­gold worked to­gether on Chap­man Road be­cause the flood­ing got so out of hand that res­i­dents of the Call­away Farms com­mu­nity couldn’t ac­cess their homes on the end of Chap­man Road next to Sonic.

That project in­cluded the rais­ing of the road, as well as adding box cul­verts un­der the road­way, which seem­ingly solved the flood­ing prob­lems that used to plague the road.

/ Adam Cook

Plan­ning and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor James Davis dis­cusses stormwa­ter is­sues around the Ca­toosa County jail dur­ing the Dec. 4 Board of Com­mis­sioner’s meet­ing.

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