According to Merkel city manager… Street project engineers came up with idea for retention pond

The removal of dirt at Merkel’s South Park to make way for a retention pond has resulted in flak for the city…
(Read the whole story in the Merkel Mail)

This entry was posted in June 8th 2011 Edition. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to According to Merkel city manager… Street project engineers came up with idea for retention pond

  1. William Hoisington says:

    According to the article in the Merkel Mail, “…the 8,400-square foot pond was crafted by city engineers to keep large amounts of rainwater from pooling on parts of Oak, Locusts, and Yucca streets that will soon be renovated.”

    My first observation/question: Isn’t that what the 66,000 square foot drainage ditch is for that is less than 30 feet further south?

    NEXT:
    According to the article in the Merkel Mail, “A high spot on Locust between South Eighth and South Ninth prevents water from naturally flowing to the north during a sudden downpour. Campbell said rainwater in Merkel tries to go north and east.”

    Next observation/question: If the water naturally flows north, what good does it do to put the retention pond on the very south when the water is running away from it?

    NEXT:
    According to the article in the Merkel Mail, “Campbell said the park already is able to handle a lot of water during a heavy rain…”

    Next observation/question: Since it is natural for children to want to play in puddles after a rain, how many children have to die by drowning before the city admits it has created a potentially deadly situation where children are known to play, after all, IT IS THE CITY PARK?

    NEXT:
    According to the article in the Merkel Mail, “To account for space lost at the South Park, the city may expand the park to the north to take in the area east of the bathrooms, Campbell said.”

    Next observation/question: Considering how many thousands of dollars that was just spent on new playground equipment, why wasn’t the retention pond put outside the park, or better yet, just put in drainage so that the rainwater could drain into the 66,000 square foot drainage ditch that runs the entire length of south eleventh?

    Isn’t one of the purposes of the street project to make Merkel look better, to improve it? ¬†How can tearing out the city’s only volleyball court, where teenagers and adults go to congregate instead of running around getting into trouble, improve Merkel?

    NEXT:
    According to the article in the Merkel Mail, “…the work cannot be undone because it is part of a federally-funded street project.”

    If it can’t be undone, shouldn’t the city council put someone in charge of the project who is intelligent enough to properly manage the project instead of someone who doesn’t care about what the citizens of the town want/need? Anyone with any kind of common sense can see that previous city designers realized that the city needed a drainage ditch and put one in that goes the entire length of south eleventh street and the entire distance from south to north of the town.

    I say, fix the park back and put in proper drainage to the city’s drainage ditch.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>