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West siders asked to return surveys

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Simply by responding to a survey, people who live on the west side can help the city find out what it will take fix drainage issues that have flood water backing up into basements.

Connersville Utilities sent surveys to area residents and received only three in response, Mike Bottomley, utilities director, told the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday. It’s important that the city get more responses if the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs is to approve a grant to help pay for a study of the issues.

The survey asks people to report their income level. Individual results are not used; only the aggregate income levels.

The city sent surveys to residents between Jackson Avenue and Beech Street and Memorial Drive and Country Club Road. A second mailing will be sent soon. 

“If we don’t get enough returned, we’ll have to go door to door,” to get the surveys completed, he said. “If the income level falls in line, we will be eligible for an OCRA grant.”

In other business, the board reduced the fine on a property for city mowing over the objection of one board member.

Deputy Police Chief Rob Fee said the owner of the property at 1903 Vermont Ave. lives out of state and thought the property had been maintained.

The city’s code enforcer sent a certified letter in June and the owner took care of the issue, he said. Evidently someone mowed the yard until October, when the city street department had to mow it.

Board member Tim Bentley moved to reduce the bill by half, to $243.75, and the board approved that.

Objecting, board member Jim Barrett said, “These property owners, regardless of whether they live out of town or not, it takes time and effort for the street department to have to deal with this.”