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Public input session eyes stormwater pond in park

The city will host a public information centre Thursday to get public feedback to four options for managing stormwater flows in an area east of the downtown – including the option of building a stormwater management pond in Green Meadows Park.
The 6:30-9 p.m. April 24 meeting is in Ottawa Crescent school, 75 Ottawa Cres.
The city has begun a municipal class environmental assessment study to investigate alternatives for managing stormwater flows during large storm events in the area of Stevenson Street, Eramosa Road, Cassino Avenue, William Street, Elizabeth Street and Green Meadows Park, says a notice distributed to nearby residents and businesses. This EA study was recommended in the stormwater management master plan completed by the city in 2011.
Two of the four alternatives would see a stormwater management pond built within one-third of the area of Green Meadows Park, as well as construction of a new storm sewer on Stevenson Street from Green Meadows Park to Cassino Avenue. These two alternatives differ, though, in terms of other construction of new storm sewers and use of existing sewers.
The city’s other two alternatives don’t include a stormwater pond in the park.
At Thursday’s meeting, the city says, it will present its evaluation of these alternatives and will seek public input before choosing a preferred alternative. “Input from the public will be a key component of the selection process and your comments/concerns are requested,” says the notice distributed by the city.

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