Residents of the Valleywood attended Thursday’s Riley County commission meeting in hopes of resolving drainage issues that have plagued their subdivision for a number of years.
Valleywood is part of a benefit district, but commission chair Karen McCulloh says that doesn’t grant the subdivision access to those funds.
“If it benefits one area that area should pay for it, not the entire county,” McCulloh said. “That’s just the way we operate.”
The comission asked SMH consulting to assess the situation earlier this month. SMH Representatives said the options were to place yard drains in each property or to do nothing.
“I, quite frankly, don’t know if there is a great solution,” McCulloh said. “It’s a housing area, as a resident said, that was built on a swamp.”
The most likely solution would involve issuing a bond that would ultimately be repaid by Valleywood residents.
No action was taken during the meeting. The commission plans to revisit the issue sometime in November.