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May 15, 2014

New Albany subdivision OK’d with changes

Autumn Grove developers must fix retention pond, Kenzig Road damage

NEW ALBANY — An ordinance amendment for Autumn Grove Subdivision, LLC was approved by the New Albany City Council on Thursday, but not without further stipulations.

A retention basin for the proposed subdivision along Kenzig Road was turned into a pond, which has flooded and damaged a portion of the road and seeped underneath, causing base failure, according to a memo from Larry Summers, city engineer.

Councilman Dan Coffey said it wasn’t enough for Summers’ memo to state he’d oversee the necessary repairs, but that it be included with the ordinance itself.

“Look, the fact of the matter is somebody sat there and took a retention pond that was supposed to sit there and keep this water from flowing, dammed it up, damaged the road,” Coffey said. “And then we’re supposed to turn around and say, ‘You know what, we’re going to go with good faith again.’ Let’s make sure the comments are incorporated into the ordinance.”

Summers’ memo said he’d oversee the developer’s work on detention calculations, reverting the pond back into a basin, repair of Kenzig Road and other conditions and commitments listed in the plan commission minutes.

Scott Wood, director of planning, said passing the ordinance should take care of the council’s issues.

“When you adopt the ordinance, you require them to go to the county stormwater board for approval, along with GRW [Engineers, Inc.] and the city engineer, then come back to the plan commission after they have done those things,” Wood said.

David Duggins, director of economic development, said Summers’ memo was written to give the city assurance that he’d take care of the issues he listed.

“He drafted this so that he could move forward with the understanding that he would be, with your approval, in a position to handle all these things and would be able to report back to you,” Duggins said. “He’s taken it upon himself personally to do the inspections on all those things.”

The council voted to amend the ordinance to include Summers’ memo, then passed its third and final reading unanimously.

Diane McCartin-Benedetti, councilwoman, was absent from the meeting. Her ordinance to increase the standard travel allowance reimbursement for the city of New Albany was tabled.

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