Franklin, Edinburgh get money for stormwater upgrades

Published on 12/3/2015


Residents in Edinburgh and Franklin can look forward to better flowing stormwater pipes and less standing water in their yards.
Both communities were chosen to receive money to upgrade their stormwater systems. More than $9.3 million in grant money will be given to 11 cities and towns through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Edinburgh will receive $858,700 to improve the stormwater pipes on the east side of town, while Franklin’s $1 million grant will go toward reinforcing and cleaning out Roaring Run drain, according to a news release from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Both communities applied for the grant this fall. Officials had to secure matching money to fund part of the grant. Edinburgh will contribute 10 percent of the project, and Franklin will pay 25 percent of the project costs.
Franklin officials want to clean Roaring Run drain so water is no longer standing in downtown residents’ yards or in the streets, according to the city’s grant application. The drain’s pipes have collected sediment, rocks and debris since it was built more than 40 years ago, and the stormwater pipeline doesn’t flush water as effectively as it should, the grant application said.
The pipeline also needs to be reinforced since portions of the drain have deteriorated over time. City officials want to install manholes every 500 feet of the 4,800-foot pipeline so they have easier access to keep the drain cleaner and to repair it as needed. If a liner is installed throughout the entire pipeline, it could extend the life of the stormwater drain for 75 to 100 years, according to Franklin’s grant application.
Construction could start as early as September, and residents would see a reduction in water standing on streets or in their yards by spring 2017, according to Franklin’s grant application.
To completely repair and clean up Roaring Run drain will cost about $5.5 million, but this grant will get the city started with
necessary improvements, said Angie Longtin, the city’s communication director. In the future, city officials plan to apply for additional grants to help pay for the rest of the project, she said.
City officials will start from the south end of the pipeline, on West Madison Avenue, and improve the drain as much as the $1 million will allow, Longtin said. The rest of the pipeline runs northeast toward King, Adams, Kentucky and Cincinnati streets and Hamilton Avenue.
Edinburgh officials have wanted to fix up the stormwater system on the east side of town since the 2008 flood, town council president Ron Hoffman said.
But the town has not been able to find a way to cover the cost of upgrading the system without grant money, wastewater superintendent Glenn Giles said. About five years ago, the town compiled a stormwater master plan that listed what needed to be upgraded or improved.
“I keep promising residents that we’re trying to do some stuff,” Giles said. “Our main goal is to bring some relief to that east side.”
Residents living in the Heatherview, Old Town Estates and Pruitt East neighborhoods have water that sits in their yards or in their streets after it rains, Giles said. The grant will be used to extend a pipeline from Kyle Street, so water can move more quickly out of the neighborhoods and into the main stormwater system, Giles said.
The existing Kyle Street main pipeline has the ability to hold more water but doesn’t have proper drainage from other parts of town to bring the water to the main line, Giles said.
Town officials will need to finalize engineering for the pipeline project, so no timeline has been set, Giles said.

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