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Action need to help prevent flooding

August 4, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: In my short time as a Howland Township trustee, it has become apparent to me that the state of Ohio needs to empower townships (there are 1,308 townships in Ohio) to be able to help......

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Aug-04-13 11:32 PM

Saker worked for the county prosecutor for 30 and he is only now realizing we have a flooding problem in the townships. What have you been doing for 30 years.

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Aug-04-13 1:27 PM

James, you are right this issue should be fixed without costing the property owners anything. If you get sewer back-up in your basement, have back flow check valves installed. Living in Cortland, I have my basement flooded because their pump system was not properly maintained. They waited until both pumps went bad before fixing anything. Their neglect cost me $1500 deductible on the $9,000 damage done. I had not just one back flow valves installed but two, plus put back flow valves in the drains in my basement. I was left holding the bag for my $1500 deductible. Their should be a state law that any community selling water and sewage or even electric be responsible for any out of pocket expenses to the home owner. Then the community's sewage and water depts. or electric depts. would be properly maintain their infractions they sell. Because of state law the insurance companies will not sue to recover your deductible. Then in most cases your home owners insurance premium is raised.

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Aug-04-13 9:14 AM

Mr. James Saker, I agree with you to a point. I think work needs to be done but why should I have to pay for that work? I already pay so much a month for water, then sewer, then another charge for storm drainage. Yet every time we get a good soaking here in NW Warren our basements flood from the sewer lines backing up into our homes. This has happened 6 times in the 4 years I have lived in Warren. The sewer lines are not built to carry the water after a storm. They are built to carry everyday sewer and that is it. Last year two of my neighbors homes flooded their basement to the first floor. Those affected by the flooding called the city and they came out to fix the problem. They claimed one of the main lines had collapsed, so what did they do? They replaced it with a smaller line. So now we get moderate rain the lines back up into our homes. Someone please tell me where this fee we pay for storm water drainage is being used, it sure isn't being used in NW Warren.

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Aug-04-13 9:01 AM

It might not be as easy as you say Mr. Saker. Howland isn't the only township with drainage problems. I'll bet all of those 1308 townships have drainage issues. IF there is 1.4 billion,and IF you spend it ALL on this problem, each township would get about 1 million.I'm not sure that would fix it and once again we would have NO MONEY and government would need more taxes.

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Aug-04-13 7:25 AM

Remember, you got what you voted for. The Governor even said he was going to do this and people voted for him anyway. Don't know what to say. You can't fix stupid.

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Aug-04-13 7:00 AM

The current NeoCon Republican theme is BIG income tax cuts for the rich and to heck with everyone or anything else. Ohio has plenty of money that should go to infrastructure fixes instead of BIG income tax cuts for the rich of Ohio.

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