The CBLCA is pleased to announce that after working with our City Councilor, Theresa Kavanagh, we have arranged a virtual community meeting between the City staff and our residents regarding the ditch network in the Lakeview area. The meeting will take place on Sept 9th at 6:30 pm. In order to participate in the meeting, residents must register first, then you will get an email with the Zoom link and instructions. Below is the link to register and the agenda for the meeting.
Opening statements Councillor Kavanagh and CBLCA President Kevin Brewer
City Staff will make presentation.
- The City is developing a city-wide ditch strategy due at the end 2020 that will include standards and guides for the maintenance of ditches.
- The City recognizes that there is an issue – What has happened over time in this area
- Drainage improvement at Lakeview Park was done in 2015.
- The City currently enforces by-law infractions for infill or culvert blockage on a case by case basis if it impacts neighbour’s lot.
Causes of drainage Issues:
- High driveway culverts
- Lack of maintenance and ditch infill
- Not a lot of flow in this area
- Show map of digital elevation models for the area.
- Clay earth slows absorption of water
- Lawns may need to be regraded
- Sump pump not efficient or sump pump outlet not clearing water properly
- Residents don’t want to (or can’t) pay to fix their culvert or regrade their lawns
How to avoid issues:
- Keep culverts and ditches clear
- Sump pumps
- Sump pumps must have an outlet that leads away from the home, ideally to the ditch
- Is the right sump pump being used? (City recommendations / minimum requirements for sump pumps)
- Groundwater is very high in the neighbourhood making sump pumps necessary
- Proper grading of lawns.
Discuss private approach agreement and how to determine who is responsible:
Examples of situation where the resident is responsible
- When the ditches are functioning, but water is being stopped by a collapsed culvert.
- For accumulated grit from road and leaves
Example of situation where the City is responsible
- If the city determines that the ditch must drop a grade, then the city would replace the culverts and reset the ditches.
Mitigation options that can be discussed with the community:
- Have stormwater sewers installed – there are about 200 properties. (Note: Ditches promote groundwater absorption)
- Re-instate ditches
- Cost $1M to $1.5M to be shared by residents
- If reinstated some ditches will be very deep and more difficult to maintain.
- Enforce by-law on property owners with ditch infill – Normally done on a case by case basis
- High driveway culverts need to be fixed to allow flow (however, only fixing these could cause problems down the line)
Q & A with Community