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Angola residents upset with retention pond; homes are flooded

Two residents were frustrated and voiced their grievances to the Angola Village Board Monday night (June 10) about neighborhood flooding that has been occurring.

The retention pond, located near Sunset Boulevard, Franklin Drive and Terrylynn Drive, has been causing issues for local residents.

Resident Bradley DiMartino has had constant issues with his backyard overflowing with water. The residents who live closer to the retention pond are encountering worse issues and the water has begun flooding their houses and basements.

“There’s too much water,” said Raymond Murphy, another resident who’s home has been effected.

The purpose of a retention basin is to prevent flooding and erosion; these two residents claim that the pond has failed to do either.

The water is flowing at dangerously fast speeds, according to Murphy, enough that if a child were to fall in he/she would be swept away immediately. This is a major concern for local homeowners and their families.

The amount of water going underneath Franklin Drive is traveling so fast that it is eroding the road where the pipe is located, said Murphy.

The board responded with sincere concern but also stated that since the downstream ditch is out of the village limits, they have no jurisdiction concerning the issue to a certain point.

“It has to flow somewhere though,” said Deputy Mayor and Trustee William G. Houston.

He discussed a hypothetical solution of purchasing a grant to change and move the flow of water, but the issue arises once the water hits the village borderline.

“Where does it go after that?” Houston asked.

Recognizing the concerns of the people and hoping to alleviate their stress for the situation, Trustee John Wilson offered an agreement to discuss the issue further in the future in hopes of finding a solution and bring happiness and some security for the residents affected by the surplus of water.

Another Angola resident, Frances Dybdahl, followed up with the board members with her concern for cars that are speeding down past her home on Orchard Avenue. She requested a sign be installed to warn cars and hopefully keep children in the neighborhood safer.

Two signs have been ordered and are being installed: one on Mill Street and Orchard Avenue, the other on Locust Street.

The signs will be blue and white and will read “Be a good neighbor, slow down.” The yellow sign that reads “Children at play” will not be used since that indicates it is okay to play in the street, according to Deputy Mayor Houston.

In other board news:

• A proclamation was made to Keegan Barrett, a 12 year old Angola resident, who saved his family after their home was set on fire. He was honored the first Fire Chief’s Hero Award.

• A resolution was approved to issue $125,000 in serial bonds of the Village to finance the reconstruction of roads within Angola.

• The next village board meeting will take place Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m., with a 6:30 workshop if needed.


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