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Anril 25th- 196,1 <br /> <br />At a regula~ meeting of the C~ty Council, held on April 25th, 1961, there were present <br /> <br />R. Irvine Smith, Jack P. Barnes, W.R. Breedlove, W. T. Leafy, R. B. Seward, <br />George R. Walker, ~. E. Weiseman, A.~P. Johnson,Jr., City Manager, and <br />J. S. Livesay, Jr.; City Attorney. <br /> <br />The meeting was opened with Prayer by Mr. Leafy. <br /> <br />Minutes of regular meeting of April 1 lth, 1961 were read and approved. <br /> <br /> 61-t05 - A public hearing on the proposed changes in the new Zoning Ordinance and in <br />the map as advertised in the local paper, of April 9th, 1961 was held.' <br /> <br />No one appeared in regard to the chan~es in t~e Ordinance. <br /> <br />'The following spoke relative to the proposed ctmn~es in the map: <br /> <br />1. Floyd Simpson, relative to the status of Reed St. in Cradock <br /> <br /> 2. Mrs. Wermick, 3503 South St., who requested that that the rezoning in <br />her area be R-68 rather than C-l, to avoi~ b~siness establishments being placed too near residences. <br /> <br />The following reports from the City Manager were read: <br /> <br /> 61-106 - "I submit herewith s report received from the Public Works Department con- <br />cerning the drainage of Gander Creek. <br /> <br /> Attachment - "This is in response to the ~=tter received by the City Council dated February. 22, '61, <br />signed by Frank La Viola, 419 Clifforc[ St., City, an([ others,concerning the dr'sirings of Gander Creek. <br /> Gander Creek is the main drainage, outlet for storm water for a large area extending <br />from Camden Ave. to the Elizabeth River and from County to Jef£erson gr., this comprises many acres of land. The <br />creek at one time extended from the river to a point near the ~i~%e~sec'tion of South St. and Elm Ave., with <br />another branch extending back to about Race St. and Camden Ave. ~.A portion of this in recent years has been in - <br />closed with large size pipe drains and reinforced concrete box ~ulverts. The portion inclosed extends from Cam- <br />den and Race St. and from~County St. and Elm Ave. to s point east of Effingham St. From near Effingham St. ~o <br />First St. it is a large open drain ditch with the exception of where it crosses Washington, Dinwiddie and Court <br />Streets, and the Seaboard Airline Raioroad twice. It is our understanding that if and when the 'Billy Goat Alley' <br />housing project is constructed the Hoasing Authority will inclose that portion from Washington to Effingham St. <br />When this is done it will leave the portion from Washington St, to First St. open. This section when inclosed <br />should be a reinforced concrete box culvert on a pile foundation, the minimum inside dimensions should be ten <br />feet wide and four feet high or the equivalent thereto. <br /> The estimated cost for inclosing the portion from First to Washington St. will be <br /> <br />From First St. to Court St. <br />From Court St. to Washington St <br /> <br />The section from Washington St. to Effingham St. <br /> will cost approximately <br /> <br />$ 120,000.00 <br /> 95,000.00 <br /> <br />$ 215,000.00 <br /> <br />54,600.00 <br /> <br /> Grand total for inclosing Gander Creek from <br /> First St. to Effingham St, 265,600,00 <br /> <br /> The tide ebbs and flows in Sander Creek and during extremely high tides and low <br />areas adjoining are flooded and much debris floats in and it is a nuisance until it is cleaned up. Near the tunnell <br />ventilation building where the creek crosses the S.A.L. tracks three 48 inch diameter culvert pipes were installe~. <br />If the pipes ~re kept open and there is not an extra high tide this should not affect the drainage as the com- <br />bined area of the culverts is practically the same as the area of the culvert under Court St. If there is a <br />high tide the water is over the top of both, there is very little that can be done unless the creek is inclosed <br />and the low lands filled to the proper elevation. <br /> It was suggested in the letter that the Tunnel Commission be made to correc~ <br />their error hy bridging under the railroad tracks in lieu of the three pipes. Even if-this would help conditionsI <br />I do'not know who could make the Commission do s6mething of this kind under a railroad track. <br /> The Tunnel Commission officials have agreed to have their forces keep the culvertt <br />pipe clean and clear of obstructions. This _~ch~y have been doing for sometime. We are also keeping a close watch <br />on it and the only time water stands in the area to our knowledge for any of time is during the hurricane <br />storms or extreme high tides with simultaneous heavy rain fall. The tides bring objects in of various descrip - <br />tions and they can, and do, become lodge~ in this drain and others all over the City. ~he rain washes silt, <br />trash, and all kinds of debris into the drains, which retards the flow uJatil it is cleaned out. Some of our resl~ <br />dents also are very careless about the disposal of trash. <br /> We will do our best with the aid of the tunnel forces to keep Gander ~reek clear <br />of obstructions so that the water will have a free flow to the Elizabeth River. Maybe before too long a time th~ <br />City will be able to inclose the remainder of Gander Creek. I think this would be s very worthwhile project when <br />the funds are available. Bigned - F. J. Bergeron, Director of Public Works." <br /> <br /> Motion of Mr. Breedlove that the report be received and filed for consideration <br />in the long-range Capital Improvement plan, was adopted, without dissenting vote. <br /> <br /> 61-107 - "The matter of the handling of unpaid water accounts and the problem oi <br />Mrs. T.W. Jones' water bill was referred 5o me at the last Council meeting. An error in turning off water servic~ <br />has occurred in the following manner. <br /> The Water Department issues a three day notice before any action is <br />taken to shut off water service. If a consumer should mail their check for the water bill on the third day, it <br />would not be received before the inspectors wenz out Eo turn the water off on the morning of the fourth day. <br />Since January, the Water Department has handled approximately 17,500 of these accounts and after questioning <br /> <br /> <br />