Unprofessional Foul


December 21, 2010

Get Off My Lawn!

Green, Ohio town meeting.

No, seriously. Get off my lawn.

At least that’s what it seems like neighbors of a certain subdivision are saying to the Green, Ohio Soccer Association.

It seems that recently the town built a number of youth soccer fields that everyone has hailed as being among the finest in the state. The city council was pleased with the result, and local neighborhoods were ecstatic to have such a wonderful facility so close by for their children.

Then it rained.

Now it appears that the fields were constructed in such a manner so that water runoff flows west towards a drainage pond that isn’t doing the job. The overflow winds up putting several inches of water on the streets of that same neighborhood that was so happy to have the fields built.


Disgruntled neighbors have formed a homeowners association, and they are demanding that the city make structural changes to a culvert in the area to accommodate the overflow. They argue that the drainage pond has a significant deposit of sediment which leads to the overflow, and that the city has known of the issue for some time.

Concerned with the cost of renovations, the city engineers have noted that removal of the sediment and expansion of the culvert would be significantly cheaper if residents agreed to let the city deposit the removed earth on their property. In a surprising turn, some of the homeowners have agreed, making it quite clear that they are willing to work on a solution in order to keep the soccer fields active.

The city, for their part, aren’t helping the stereotype of bureaucracy by hemming and hawing on solutions. Even worse, when referring to the issue of sediment in the pond, City Engineer Paul Pickett asked “How much [sediment] was in the water as a result of some 50 years of farming on the Boettler farm?”

Oh, snap! He totally threw the Boettlers under the bus. Everyone always blames the Amish.

Pickett went on to note that the best engineering solution would be to build a separate drainage pond nearer to the soccer fields (you mean, as opposed to across the street from it!?!) to handle the runoff. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Mr. Pickett got his degree in Environmental Sciences from Bowling Green University.

OOOOOH, cheap shot!

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