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Richland Residents Getting Concerns Addressed in City's Infiltration System Proposal

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People upset over the City of Richland's proposal to create an infiltration facility in a Richland neighborhood gathered at the Richland Community Center Tuesday night. People upset over the City of Richland's proposal to create an infiltration facility in a Richland neighborhood gathered at the Richland Community Center Tuesday night.

UPDATE/RICHLAND, WA - Richland residents got a chance to voice their concerns about a recent proposal by the city to install a storm water drain system in a grassy area close to Leslie Groves Park on Saint Street.

On Tuesday, people gathered at the Richland Community Center to talk about the issues.

Some residents expressed they don't want to lose the grassy area to contamination from the water. Those residents say kids and pets play  in the area and think it would become a hazard.

"We put our some material today on our website that attempts to answer what we heard to be a lot of the concerns and then we'll summarize the input we got and present it to the city council before they make their decision in a couple week," said Richland Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky.

"I don't think the concerns were answered the concern is that they're putting this pond in with material from the roads, heavy metals and all other contaminants coming in to an area where we don't think it's legitimate to put in the river but we think it's legitimate to put into a residential park," believes Mark Allen, who is concerned about the project.

The Richland City Council will consider these responses and make a recommendation on the issue soon.

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RICHLAND, WA - People upset over the City of Richland's proposal to create an infiltration facility in a Richland neighborhood gathered at the Richland Community Center Tuesday night. 

People arrived at the meeting with several concerns about the proposal. Many residents are worried they are losing a valuable piece of land if the city decides to install a storm drain water infiltration system on a grassy area off of Saint St. close to Leslie Groves Park.
   
The City of Richland's Public Works Manager Jay Marlow said this land is the city's property and has been maintained by the city, he explained they acknowledge people enjoy the grassy lawn but he does not think people will be losing it. 

"Obviously we're going to listen to their concerns and try to address them as this moves forward as a decision for council, we'll relay their concerns to the council members and provide a response," he said, adding they have received some positive feedback so not everyone is upset with the proposal.


        

 

 

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