BIBLE HILL – A resident of Teakwood Court in Bible Hill says enough is enough.
Keith Cheyne has lived on the street, which is in a subdivision off of College Road, since 1987. He is frustrated that the area has had re-occurring storm water system problems for about 15 years.
Cheyne detailed the situation to Bible Hill village commissioners this week during its regular monthly meeting. The issue goes back 15 years when at the time the sidewalk began to “disintegrate,” said Cheyne, due to storm water drains not expelling water and “eating a hole into the sidewalk.”
At one point, years ago, there was a foot-wide hole that “grew and grew and grew,” said Cheyne.
“We stuck a Christmas tree in it for 18 months and it was finally fixed about two and a half years later. We couldn’t get (the transportation department) to fix it. I have no idea why,” Cheyne told the Truro Daily News. “The crews wouldn’t even put cones in the hole.”
“We’d go through a summer and then it happens again. The system was opened at least three times … filled pipes with asphalt, replaced pipe, and some minor patches.”
Fast forward to 2009 and, according to Cheyne, the storm water system was “100 per cent blocked” in the subdivision. Cheyne said equipment was brought in to “high blast stone out of the system” but it didn’t solve how to prevent it from happening again.
In 2012, the system was blocked again after the massive fall floods and whenever there is substantial water, he said, the pipes don’t drain “for two weeks.” That, in turn, has resulted in property floods.
“We were told by the transportation department it would be 12 to 15 years before it was fixed. I don’t know where we stand,” Cheyne said.
Village chairman Tom Burke told Cheyne, after his presentation to the village, that village staff would look into the situation.
Colchester County Coun. Christine Blair, who was at the meeting, confirmed she spoke to the transportation department most recently in 2012 about the situation.
“It’s a transportation issue and it’s become a safety issue,” Blair said.
James Webster, area manager with the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department in Bible Hill, told this paper he can only speak about the past few years in which he’s been with the department. He said in the last three years, they have been addressing failures in the neighbourhood’s catch basins.
“Their concerns have not gone unheard. We met on site with some residents and Christine Blair. They wanted a new catch basin (but) it’s not beyond its lifespan. It requires maintenance,” said Webster.
He said smaller repairs were done in the last few years in addition to “rather extensive” work including repairing concrete to the catch basin.
“All that’s left is patching the asphalt around it,” Webster said, adding he expects that will be done this fall and efforts should be long-lasting.
“I’m confident it will be a long-term fix.”
Webster added the storm water pipes in the subdivision were checked about two years ago and “they are sound.”