Easement for flood drainage approved
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Mar 25, 2014 | 789 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The final piece of the puzzle has fallen in place for a drainage project spanning from 13th Street to 8th Street.

The project is really a replacement of existing pipe to relieve flooding of multiple property owners’ yards.

The Cleveland City Council authorized signing an agreement for the final easement during a meeting Monday. Anna Barrett agreed to an easement on property that will allow for the drainage project to be completed.

The project had been held up since last year because a final easement could not be acquired. Agreements could not be reached with another property owner who was approached. The city will pay Barrett $17,090 for the land.

“The City will install two stormwater drain pipes within the drainage easement and will also install a manhole within the easement …. There will also be installed another manhole at the southeast corner of the property owner’s lot where it adjoins the McReynolds parcel,” according to the agreement.

The city will also replace two trees that will be removed during the project, sod the yard after completion of the project and “attach the downspouts from the property owner’s home into the new drainage system,” according to the agreement.

Even before the final easement of the drainage project was secured, work began at Jordan Avenue.

The catch basins currently in place are too small to account for the amount of water flowing into them.

The existing pipe will be replaced with a 48-inch wide line at 13th Street. A 36-inch pipe will be used from Centenary Avenue to Bowman Avenue. There will be a 30–inch wide pipe from Bowman to 8th Street.

During Monday’s Council meeting, Councilman David May said a resident on Bowman Circle would like the city to look into addressing flooding issues in her area.

- Baseball is returning to downtown Cleveland, thanks to a group of people passionate about the sport.

Alphonso Martin has started a Reviving Baseball in the Inner City program and hopes to see it grow to the point where Cleveland can have its own RBI league.

He’s calling the group the Waddie and Edwin Davis Baseball Organization. Martin approached the Cleveland City Council Monday to request the donation of baseball equipment in storage at College Hill Recreation Center. There are more than 40 students in Cleveland’s beginning RBI baseball program.

Right now the group is playing at Shepherd Field.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland described the program as “going back to the old days … sandlot baseball.”

Parks and Recreation director Patti Petitt said if the organization was a 501(c)(3) the city could donate the equipment.

“We can loan it to them like at the beginning of the season; they can check it out and then bring it back,” Petitt said.

The Cleveland RBI program is not an independent nonprofit. However, the organization is associated with the Chattanooga RBI league, which is officially a nonprofit.

“I want to get baseball into the communities of these kids that can’t go to regular rec leagues,” Martin said.

He said the program is for children who could not afford baseball equipment. “These are kids that don’t have means or transportation. They are at risk,” Martin said of the children in the program.

The firsts RBI league was started in Los Angeles by professional baseball players, according to Martin.

Shepherd field at Mosby Park was once set up with bleachers and dugouts for baseball.

Martin said these have since been removed to make the field conducive to football and soccer.

Martin said he hopes the city will consider developing baseball fields for the program to use.

Also during the meeting:

- Hardwick Field has not been cleared for sale by the Federal Aviation Administration. City manager Janice Casteel suggested the city buy the former small airport “from themselves” to ensure the entire property is sold, fulfill FAA requirements and have the property auctioned sooner.

- The Council approved the formation of an “Interstate Gateway Corridor” zoning district. This will create the opportunity to have a specific zoning district for the Cleveland exits, allowing the placement of LED billboards at the interstate corridors.