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Melanie Pollard
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Melanie Pollard
I would love to participate in this program on my street. But first, I must formerly request that the City of Brookhaven INSTALL drains and curbs. We have no curbs or drains. In late August, we recorded 8 inches of surface water with high velocity on our street from the over-development permitted by the City. I have recorded as much as 12 inches in our yard. It is not safe for a child to stand in the surface water current. EACH new development that removes trees and adds 3X impervious surface to our streets need to be responsible for the… Read more »
Barbara
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Barbara
Good lord, this is dramatic. Ponds are required by LAW for water to leave at the exact same rate in which it did before the development. They are designed after studies by ENGINEERS to to this. Then they are tested. I don’t like tons of development either, like that damn Marta TOD, but just say that instead of making up your own “facts”. Also, explain to us all where you got the each new home adds 3X the water? Is that a scientific study you did? Please explain how are surrounding properties burdened by bio-renention areas? Are you also burdened… Read more »
Melanie Pollard
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Melanie Pollard
Barbara, We have hired professionals- a forensic hydro engineer, recommended to us by Stack and Associates. We also hired a forensic Construction engineer. We have spent almost $3,500 in surveying damages permitted by the city, including lawyers, arborists, and city officials. If you would like to view the stormwater velocity on our street, I have 1.5 years worth of video to illustrate the 8-12″ we have measured with yardsticks at various times. Our neighbor downhill on the COA side had their driveway sandbagged during the last flood event. The 12″ of surface water is coming from the street, not side… Read more »
HMM
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HMM
I really wish we could post pictures here because I could share quite a few of D4’s disastrous curbs or lack thereof. While many are clearly just extremely old, some of the broken curbs (complete with metal rods poking out) were finally completely broken by city/county/gas/utility workers doing roadwork using the curb to turn around instead of circling the block. Besides the obvious hazard of curb pieces rolling into the roadway, those that live on a hill or incline get not only whatever funk is in the street from cars, but the runoff of all the pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers… Read more »
Susan
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Susan

It’s my understanding that once D1 citizens are taken care of and happy, attention to the desires of other city citizens will be considered and addressed if the budget allows. You could contact your councilman, Joe Gebbia, but I think he could be preoccupied with meeting developers about redeveloping Buford Highway. Welcome to Brookhaven.

HMM
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HMM

The most annoying part of it is that I- and others- would happily pay to fix our curbs ourselves, but that’s not allowed so we’re stuck with much more expensive and very ugly workarounds. Some people just “fix” things illegally.

Our Brookhaven councilman has been contacted by many but yeah, there are more important projects.

Personally I want to be optimistic about all of the great dreams for D4, but it’s hard when the area struggles with even the most basic maintenance.

Melanie Pollard
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Melanie Pollard
Susan, I have tried multiple times over the last year and 1/2 to reach Joe Gebbia. He even lives around the corner. He has been encouraging in the City Hall courtroom but never returns my calls afterwards. Others have had the same experience. Pine Hills NPU responded to our problems and others who have even worse flooding but they too are frustrated at the lack of response from Brookhaven. I’ll be at a meeting Monday night, hopefully to get more answers. That’s after 100’s of hours and $3,500 invested in engineers and arborists. Sadly, I think we just need to… Read more »
Susan
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Susan

Melanie, sorry Joe isn’t more helpful. He may be preoccupied with development projects in his district and trying to figure out how to get us our monorail system.

Saul
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Saul

LOL, the monorail system. Only in Brookhaven!

Melanie Pollard
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Melanie Pollard

HMM, completely agree. There is much data out there on this problem which other cities are experiencing as well. Houston has estimated a city services cost of $4,000 for every square meter of impervious surface! We are not alone. Although it certainly feels like that sometimes. Maybe we’ll have opportunity to post pictures of stormwater. I have plenty that’s for sure!

HMM
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HMM

When was the last time a true professional evaluated the water situation in Pine Hills? It seems to be every woman and man for themselves- something that cannot be infinitely sustainable.

Barbara
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Barbara

Did you just site Houston, the city WITHOUT ZONING CODES as a reference?

HMM
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HMM
Personally I don’t know much about urban planning, environmental engineering etc etc but I do suspect that when this neighborhood was designed in the 50’s or whenever that there was some sort of plan for where water would drain. If there wasn’t a plan then, I’m sure one was eventually implemented. Now with cracked and completely broken curbs we have water trickling to downright gushing on different paths. Homeowners obviously don’t want water coming at their house, so the water gets diverted again. In some places managing the water coming from the curbs is basically like a hot potato game… Read more »
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