At their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 6, the Elk Point City Council heard yet another issue with drainage in the Washington Street area after the road was reconstructed this summer.

Richard Peasley, who lives at 703 E. Clay Street, appeared before the council and asked why a drainage pipe had been installed to move water off Washington Street and onto his property. The work was an attempt to solve water pooling along Washington Street.

“I don’t know how you’d feel if you woke up one morning and found an 8” drainpipe in your backyard,” Peasley said.

He distributed photos that showed how the water pools in the vacant lot east of his home. He wondered whether a drainage study had been done to find the best way to move water out of the area. He asked the city to plug the pipe until a mitigation plan is in place.

City Administrator Derek Tuttle will work with McLaury to find a solution.

Sitting as the Board of Adjustment, the council heard from Brian Oedekoven, who is requesting a variance to build a shed on his property at the corner of Rose and N. Franklin streets. City ordinances restrict the size of sheds to 1, 200 square feet, but Oedekoven wants his to be 2,000 square feet. He said ther are no homes close to where the shed will sit and he will match the siding and shingles to match his home. City Administrator Derek Tuttle said the shed meets all other city regulations other than size.

Later in the meeting, as the board of adjustment, the council approved the variance request.

Reconvened as the city council, members opened two bids for the swimming pool bathhouse bids – Nelson Commercial Construction, $474,761; and Developers and Association, $511,784. The council awarded the bid to Nelson, with the caviat that the company would work with the volunteer help. Council member Steve Nelson abstained from the vote.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.