Council hears drainage concerns
Lansing probably will never have to fear the kind of water-wrought destruction evident in Hurricane Katrina's wake, but erosion and floodplains are a perennial concern and will only get more expensive to address the longer Lansing defers dealing with storm water issues, officials said.
During a study session Thursday on storm water issues, Lansing City Council members heard an estimated $2.75 million in drainage improvements were needed citywide, while present funding for storm water projects only covered about $20,000 a year.
Just to pay for the necessary drainage improvements currently identified, the city would have to spend $137,500 per year (adjusted annually for inflation) for the next 20 years, according to a report by John Young, director of Public Works. The report estimates more than $25,000 of new needs appear annually.
Council members discussed several ways to pay for the drainage improvements, including dedicating a portion of the property taxes the city collects or setting up a benefit district in which property owners directly affected by drainage issues would collectively pay for the remedy.
For more on the study session, pick up the Sept. 29 issue of The Current or visit lansingcurrent.com later this week.