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October 23, 2013

Sunset Avenue problem sparks heated exchanges

Commissioner, mayor disagree on solution

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RICHMOND —

“We simply can’t do it without the city attorney’s say so,” Howard said.

Howard later offered to discuss with Fowles the possibility of contacting with Servpro, the company threatening to place a lien on Maupin’s house, and request more time while the city figures out liability.

Maupin requested that she be informed of any changes to her situation. She, Howard and Causey scheduled a meeting next week to go over plans for the driveway repairs.

As previously reported in the Register, Maupin has experienced flooding since the completion of the $650,000 project last year, which was designed to put an end to the street’s historic flooding problems.

New storm drains and rain gardens were added to the area, and a water-absorbent sidewalk made of pervious concrete was installed on the south side of the road. But according to Jason Hart, who reported city employees surveyed the street to the commission at a previous meeting, the way the new street is sloped draws rain water directly toward Maupin’s driveway, which sits at a low point in the street.

Several years before the project began, Maupin said she paid a contractor to redo her driveway and sidewalk which ended flooding problems.

However, when the new sidewalk was poured as part of storm-drain project, the work done by Maupin’s contractor was torn up, leaving nothing to stop the water from flowing into her basement, she said.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.

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