A sewer problem in Muirfield Village could be wrapped up following action by Dublin City Council members last week.

A sewer problem in Muirfield Village could be wrapped up following action by Dublin City Council members last week.

Eight homes on Dumfries Court East in Muirfield Village were affected by a sewer backup in December, and resident Jennifer Elliott approached council about finding a solution.

A similar situation happened in 2008 when water got into the sewer line near her home and caused sewage to back up into the basement, she said. Heavy rainfall that saturates the ground can cause the backup.

After her complaint in December, council members asked staff to work with Dumfries Court residents and have members on the street crew on hand during rain to deal with any sewer backup issues.

During the Jan. 23 council meeting, however, Elliott said, despite calls to the city, she could not set up a meeting. Instead, she said, she received a registered letter from the city about two options for her issue on Jan. 20.

"I had my lateral line examined and it is in proper working order," she said. "The city needs to address these sewer line difficulties. I pay significantly more taxes in Dublin and I expect more."

Council members and staff previously discussed contracting with Columbus to use their "Dry Basement" program that installs backwater devices at residences to stop sewer backup into homes.

When Elliott heard nothing back from Dublin staff, she contacted Columbus and got estimates from the three contractors Columbus uses in the program.

Elliott asked council members on Jan. 23 to pay the contractor so she could have a backflow device installed in her home.

"I don't know what else to do. I'm very frustrated," Elliott said. "I've been stonewalled by the city."

"I'm surprised we're not getting estimates so we can get this taken care of," council member John Reiner said.

"We hoped to have this resolved before this evening," Richard Gerber agreed.

Council members approved the payment and urged staff to work with other homeowners to get the problem taken care of.

Staff said the city may adopt Columbus' Dry Basement program for problems in the future.

City manager Marsha Grigsby said the city is also working to stop the problem by fixing sewer lining throughout the system.

In other council news:

• Council approved the purchase of about half an acre of land at Emerald Parkway from the U.S. Postal Service for $95,130 for the widening of Emerald Parkway between Tuttle Crossing Boulevard and Rings Road.

Construction for the project is expected to start in April, city engineer Paul Hammersmith said.

• The first reading of an ordinance that would change Dublin's campaign finance laws was heard. According to the staff memo to council, the changes include changing the post-election campaign finance report filing from 17 to 38 days after the election "to eliminate filing conflicts with the Thanksgiving holiday" and to make Dublin's rules consistent with Ohio Revised Code.

If approved changes would also eliminate the requirement to publish campaign finance disclosure statements in local newspapers. The disclosures would appear on Dublin's website instead.

• Council approved a contract with Jess Construction for $173,600 for the parking lot expansion at the city's service center. The work will include the construction of 39 parking spaces, an increase of visitor parking by five spots and the addition of rain gardens to handle storm-water runoff from the parking lot and building.