In a once scenic and rustic part of
Now the City of
According to an article in The Wichita Eagle, October 14:
“DEVELOPERS’ COST WON’T INCREASE’
to flood project
BY BRENT B. WESTROM
The city agreed Tuesday to pay $800,000 more for a project to reduce flooding in northwest
The change pays for two pumping stations and cash to fund any temporary pumping that might be needed after heavy rains. That brings the city’s share
Lowe’s store in the area, will contribute no additional money to the project. .
Their share sits at $1.41 million.
The increase set off a discussion at the
City Council meeting about whether private developers,
whose parking lots and roofs lead to more
flooding problems, should bear the additional cost.
It also opened a conversation about which flooding projects the city should address first, since flooding is a problem in several areas.
Council member Janet J Miller asked why the additional costs wouldn’t be paid, at least in part, by the developers, New Market V LLC and Eastside Development LLC, whose project increased the (need for flood mitigation.
“It concerns me a lot though that if the private development is what is generating much of this runoff, or the change of the runoff that the public cost is bearing all of that,” she said.
Council member Jeff Longwell, who represents the area, said much of the water comes from upstream, where Maize has school buildings and residential developments. He said the developers on this project and on other forthcoming projects are providing more flood protection than their developments necessitate.”
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So Jeff Longwell wants to blame his flooding on my town and school? Maize has been here for decades without flooding problems. The development here is just a response to that of
Once again the developers get a free ride while the taxpayers have to pay for their ecological messes they created.
And what do the taxpayers get? We lose our natural beauty and resources as well as taking away a place birds stop on their migration routs. Money trumps nature once again.