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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 08/07/2019  
Subject:    Open Mic Response - Ms. Carol LeDoux
Submitted For: Tim Himmer From: Sarah Greene, Administrative Assistant II

Ms. Carol LeDoux of 1528 129th Ave. NW appeared at the Open Mic portion of the July 16, 2019 City Council meeting. Ms. LeDoux addressed Council to request the pond near her townhome at Prairie Oak Park be cleared of brush.
Staff was previously contacted directly by Ms. LeDoux and a few other adjacent residents about this matter.  Initial concerns identified were potential for flooding in the area due to a blocked storm sewer pipe, and general aesthetics (ability to see the pond - lake view).  Staff has investigated the storm sewer matter and determined it is functioning correctly.  The City Forester has reviewed the site and determined there are no safety concerns for the downed and/or potential for falling trees.

The surrounding vegetation is a good for water quality in the stormwater pond and system; it holds the shoreline to reduce erosion concerns and acts as a filter for groundwater flow in the area.  Staff is concerned that vegetative removals would negatively impact the health of the pond and encourage more active use as a recreational amenity.  It could also lead to future requests for water quality pond treatments (algae removal, etc.), similar to other requests received at various locations throughout the City.  Additionally, allowing better access to the pond may increase the stated safety concern contained within the petition.  Aesthetically, there are many properties that abut this stormwater pond and while some may like to see the water, others enjoy the natural screening function of the vegetation and its wildlife characteristics.
Staff is not recommending removal of vegetation around this stormwater pond.  If the City Council desires additional information or investigation into the matter staff requests that the City Council provide additional direction.

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