Dunwoody to spend more than $400k on stormwater repairs

Dunwoody to spend more than $400k on stormwater repairs

The Dunwoody City Council approved spending more than $400,000 on five separate residential projects related to stormwater drainage, including pipe, foundation and sinkhole repairs at two separate city council meetings. 

The largest project presented before the council, amounting to $162,018, included storm water repairs at seven addresses along Vermack Road. According to the document presented to the public and council from David Elliott, stormwater manager for the city, “Problems with this stormwater system were originally located in 2012,” prompting repairs in 2014. 

“Several sections of the pipe system were partially crushed during installation, which resulted in a variety of problems,” according to the document. “The system is roughly 40 years old and beginning to fail from wear in several areas. The repairs in 2014 replaced the most damaged portions of this system and eliminated the immediate risk of flooding.”

The $162,018 figure also includes a 20 percent contingency, meaning the entire amount may not be spent. 

At the regularly scheduled March 14 meeting of Dunwoody’s city council, Councilman Terry Nall brought up the issue of stormwater repairs during a discussion about paving. Dunwoody officials have stressed in the past that every road within city limits will eventually be paved, prompting an opportunity to combine priorities.

“I’m all for extra paving,” Nall said. “But we need to have a conversation as a council that when we start adding a lot more money to paving, it also impacts the storm drain work. We always go in and look at all the storm drains [when paving], and we may be pushing some storm drain projects behind so we can look at storm drain projects for newly paved roads. Not to mention, it’s going to eat into our storm drain fund.”

A project at a residence along Devonshire Way will cost the city $72,734, including a 10 percent contingency. According to Elliott’s document memorandum presented to the council, a complaint concerning a sinkhole from a resident eventually resulted in the finding of a 300-foot pipe “deteriorated throughout its length.”

Another sinkhole complaint along Twin Branches Way in Dunwoody will cost the city $74,964 with contingency. Elliott told the council via memorandum that this particular case was caused by an overgrown root mass, which has since been taken care of.

Sinkhole complaints along Ben Creek Road found a “failed brick junction box” and “significantly deteriorated” pipe located near a residence. The project, which will cost Dunwoody $61,809 with contingency, will also require the rehabilitation of two headwalls. Headwalls are the concrete portion of outlet areas where pipes drain and are typically visible to the public. 

A project that initially cost Dunwoody $83,100 along Woodsong Drive will now cost the city $100,545 following the city council approval March 28, making the grand total for all projects approved $472,070. 

According to Dunwoody’s proposed 2016 budget, more than 25 stormwater repair and replacement projects took place throughout the city in 2015. According to the city’s approved budget for 2016, Dunwoody spent approximately $2.1 million on stormwater projects last year and has requested $1.9 million for the remainder of 2016.  

Dunwoody reserves approximately $3.4 million in stormwater funds for repairs and “catastrophic stormwater events.” The city also sets aside $24,000 for street sweeping to help combat stormwater effects such as debris and flooding. 

Dunwoody holds public city council meetings every second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.dunwoodyga.gov.

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