JCC seeking public input for drainage improvements


The county is looking for residents to provide input as it addresses stormwater issues.

"We are trying to talk with anyone who is aware of debris issues or standing water and low points," said Don Rissmeyer, a representative from A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc., which has been hired by the county to identify and set up a plan to fix drainage issues.

At a public meeting Thursday afternoon, the county specified seven streets being investigated.

Ten residents attended the meeting to see the county's plan and weigh in. The intersection of Route 60 and CSX railroad was the area that concerned most of the residents.

"There have been problems along Route 60, this (public meeting) was a good first step. We have a long way to go before we see some improvement. Stormwater issues are very important to the county," said resident, David Gussman.

Gussman is an active kayaker and said he doesn't want to see polluted water or streets.

"I have no problem paying stormwater fees," Gussman. "I feel strongly about it."

Resident Michelle Eardly said she also thinks Route 60 could use improvement.

"One thing I'm also concerned about is how that water is used once it's diverted, I would like to see it reused in the county," Eardly said.

The approved fiscal year 2018 budget already sets aside $2.6 million for stormwater projects including the Cooley Road and Deere Circle stream restoration projects, Forest Glen water treatment and Grove and Toano drainage improvement projects.

For the proposed projects presented at the meeting, county stormwater director Fran Geissler said the county would also look at state funding.

Rissmeyer said after compiling public comment, the next step is to seek funding and then begin design and construction. Rissmeyer said it was too early in the process to set a price for the proposed projects or a completion date.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

Proposed projects

•Intersection of Route 60 and CSX railroad

•Depot Street

•Toano Drive

•Chesapeake Avenue

•School Lane

•Church Lane

•Forge Road

The county will continue to take public comment until May 12. Call 259-1460 or email stormwater@jamescitycountyva.gov.

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