The Gahanna Department of Public Service will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. July 2 regarding the Fleetrun Park stormwater-basin project.

The Gahanna Department of Public Service will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. July 2 regarding the Fleetrun Park stormwater-basin project.

The meeting will be in council chambers at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

City officials and representatives of the engineering-design consultants will be on hand to present information and address residents' concerns about the project.

City service director Terry Emery said that area of town experienced flooding in 2003 and 2004.

"We have, for a period of time since the inception of the stormwater utility, been taking a look at alternatives on taking care of some of issues that those floods brought," he said.

The purpose of the public meeting is to lay out alternatives to remedy the stormwater issues that were previously encountered. The project affects the Hunter's Ridge area, Emery said.

Plans would establish a stormwater structure that will be determined in part by public input.

There is a longtime city park in the area the service department hopes to use to implement a stormwater structure.

"Being that this work will take place in a city park," he said, "there are going to be some concepts laid out at these public meetings, considering some park amenities." He said residents may be interested in a walking path leading from the development to the park or a walking path around the basin.

Regarding stormwater management improvements, residents will be asked to consider whether they want a dry basin, which would distribute rain into the city's stormwater system after a rainfall.

Another option is a wet pond. There could be a ponding area in a portion of the park that could be seen as an amenity while it also helps distribute stormwater.

"It could be a combination of both, a dry basin with a pond amenity within," Emery said.

Construction on the project would likely take place some time in 2009. Once a direction for the project has been pinned down, the service department will solicit detailed engineering plans or specifications and go out to bid. Estimated project cost is $200,000 to $250,000.

Emery said Fleetrun Park Stormwater Basin project has been part of the city's five-year stormwater utility plan.

Residents with questions regarding the public hearing may call the Department of Public Service at 342-4005 or log on to www.gahanna.gov.

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