Archive for Sunday, May 23, 1999


May 23, 1999


Earlier this month, Richard and Debbie Chalender, who live at 234 N. Eighth, pleaded with commissioners to buy them out.

The flooding in the area has just become too much to bear.

"I'm tired of it," said Richard Chalender, who has suffered flooding in his home twice during the past six months. "I'm willing to take a buyout and be on my way."

The North Lawrence Improvement Assn. agreed to support the Chalenders and earlier this year formally asked the city to install new drainage pipes in the area as outlined in the city's 3-year-old Stormwater Master Plan.

The plan estimated the project's cost at $1.648 million.

But before deciding whether to move ahead with the project -- a project that commissioners and other city officials acknowledge could be 25 to 30 years away, given financing limits -- commissioners asked staffers to come up with some other options for consideration.

Among them: Buy homes, change development regulations, install a berm, raise the level of North Eighth Street or even call a halt to all new construction in the area.

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