Roanoke council chastised for work on park's dugouts

The Roanoke Town Council was served a violation notice by Mark Mussman, executive director of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, during its Tuesday, May 7 meeting because a dugout at Roanoke Park is in the regulatory floodway.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines the regulatory floodway as the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas that must be reserved in order to discharge a base flood without cumulatively increasing the water surface elevation more than a designated height.

The dugout in violation is on the first base line of the large ball diamond and sits near Cow Creek.

Dugouts at the park were recently refurbished and Mussman expressed disappointment that building permits were not obtained before that work occurred.

Councilman John Stoeckley, liaison to the Roanoke Park Board, stated that he was surprised building permits were necessary as the dugouts were existing structures. The refurbishment project consisted of putting up new fencing and roofs on the dugouts.

Mussman said that suspension from the National Flood Insurance Program, which offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters and business owners if their community agrees to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding, is always a possibility when a town constructs something in the regulatory floodway and recommended that the town be aware of that going forward.

Council discussed damage at the park caused by the recent flood. President Dave Tucker said that a bridge at the back of the park needed repaired and that the approaches on both sides of the footbridge near the park's entrance needed replaced.

A motion to give Utility Superintendent Paul Swain $9,540 to repave a section of asphalt at the park passed unanimously. The ground washed out from underneath the asphalt and it collapsed.

Once the park board approves the project and the proper permits are obtained, work can begin, Tucker said. The project will be paid for using CEDIT funds.

In other business:

Council set the town's cleanup day for May 25. No tires, chemicals or paint will be accepted.

A motion to give Fire Chief Chad Taylor $3,000 to purchase new gloves for the fire department passed unanimously.

Stoeckley mentioned that stripes and handicap spots downtown had started to fade and that he would like to see them repainted.