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Meeting next week on drain issue

An open drainage ditch behind properties on Elm Street (east of Park) and a pipe between Cherry and Elm that collects storm water runoff may soon get some maintenance.

Post photo by Judy Reed

According to both the City of Cedar Springs, and William Byl, Kent County Drain Commissioner, that area has no easements to allow either Kent County or the City of Cedar Springs to maintenance it, and homeowners along that drain would like improvements made to it. The City sent a petition to the Drain Commissioner in April, requesting that the Cedar Springs Drain be extended and improved to correct the situation.

A Board of Determination will meet June 20, at 7 p.m. at Cedar Springs City Hall, to consider the issue. The board will be made up of three citizens who do no live in the city. They will hear the issue and consider input, and then make a decision. Public comments will be allowed.

Byl said he does not know yet what the exact cost would be to homeowners in the drainage district. If the project is deemed necessary, homeowners would be notified of the projected cost, and a notice to review the apportionment cost to their property.
If you have questions, call the Kent County Drain Commissioner’s office at (616) 336-3688.

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