Today the PI has an article about the storm-water issues in Madison Valley and the two options to resolve it.
Option 1 involves building a 2 million gallon underground storage tank at the southwest corner of the Arboretum, near the play fields, and a new storm drain to connect the valley to a main sewer pipeline. Cost estimates range from $24 million to $33 million.
Option 2 is less expensive at $18 million to $21 million, but requires condemning 17 homes around the 200 block of 30th Ave E to build a new 2 million gallon above-ground detention pond.
City Council President Richard Conlin says that “The public comment is very important” in their choice, so you may want to set aside time on May 14th if you want to put in your 2 cents. That’s the most likely date that the council will take community comments on the proposals, with a final decision by the end of May.
Construction would take about 2 years to complete either option.
Update: The mayor is recommending the option 1, avoiding any condemnation of houses.