Residents claim council is not working fast enough to take care of problems
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GOODRICH, MI (WNEM) -
Two big issues loom large in the Village of Goodrich. They are an outdated dam and a drainage system that causes some homes to flood out.
On Monday night, those two issues took center stage at the Goodrich council meeting.
"It's very frustrating, everything here. As long as it's not on their agenda, it takes forever to get done," said resident Terese Allen.
Allen's walk-out basement has flooded several times, which county officials have confirmed is due to the outdated Wheelock and Watkins Drain. It's a problem she's been asking village leaders to fix since 2011. Allen said she's on pins and needles again Monday night following the day's heavy rainfall.
"Some of that water has backed up in my backyard. Right now, it's about 15 feet from the back of my house," said Allen.
Allen and other residents asked for an update on where things stand with the project. They also asked for the council members to invite the firms that are looking into the problem to Goodrich so they can ask questions. The council responded that they're currently exploring a drainage system that would take care of the problem and save money.
Some residents feel village officials are doing what they can.
"None of them are civil engineers, but they are trying to solve the problem, and I think they're doing it a very professional way," said resident Norm Bass.
Other residents believe the problems in the village go deeper than dams and drains. Katie Vick said she's been looking into issues in the village and wants to see a bigger investigation.
"There's a lot more than a dam issue; there's a lot more than a drain issue. We've got some major corruption going on in our offices," said Vick.
On Monday night, she turned in a 37-page report outlining several issues she calls concerning, including the Wheelock and Watkins drainage problems.
"We've known for it for a while. We should have been putting money aside for it. We should've been looking into this stuff 15 years ago, not today," said Vick.
Council members told TV5 the allegations they do not work for the people are simply untrue. They said projects of this magnitude take time.
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