Flood concerns brought before Monterey board

Aug 31, 2013 Full story: Herald-Citizen 23

When it rains, it pours in Monterey. Floods, too. So much so that many in the small mountain-top town are suffering the sloshy consequences, which includes everything from crumbling foundations to cracking parking lots.

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well

Cookeville, TN

#1 Sep 1, 2013
Monterey will never do anything ,they will tell you whatever they want to make people happy and keep people thinking that Monterey is going to do something but don't do it !!!!! That's Monterey for you , Monterey will never grow or have anything in this town and all of the board people will promise you anything just to be elected and when they get in they will not do one thing for this town ( except for the police department ) that's all you here police this and police that's all you here . The Monterey board is a bunch of liars , all I can say is ( stay on them terry ) at least you have the balls to stand up for what's right !!
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#2 Sep 1, 2013
Hopefully we can do better. Our flooding issues have been going on forever seems like. Time for all the good people to come together and do like Mr. Bowman did. We've had to much grant money wasted on things we could have done without. If the grant money is there to help us fix our drainage and sewer problems, then everyone needs to work together and make (sure) every penny of the grant money is spent toward the purpose it is supposed to be used for.
concerned

Cookeville, TN

#3 Sep 1, 2013
citizen wrote:
Hopefully we can do better. Our flooding issues have been going on forever seems like. Time for all the good people to come together and do like Mr. Bowman did. We've had to much grant money wasted on things we could have done without. If the grant money is there to help us fix our drainage and sewer problems, then everyone needs to work together and make (sure) every penny of the grant money is spent toward the purpose it is supposed to be used for.
Yes you are right but when it's time to do it the money disappears ,and by the way the state has offered several times to give free permits to the city to do the job , just call and ask chance at the state and he will tell you
ok

Cookeville, TN

#4 Sep 1, 2013
citizen wrote:
Hopefully we can do better. Our flooding issues have been going on forever seems like. Time for all the good people to come together and do like Mr. Bowman did. We've had to much grant money wasted on things we could have done without. If the grant money is there to help us fix our drainage and sewer problems, then everyone needs to work together and make (sure) every penny of the grant money is spent toward the purpose it is supposed to be used for.
This sounds like an alderman talking here
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#5 Sep 1, 2013
concerned wrote:
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Yes you are right but when it's time to do it the money disappears ,and by the way the state has offered several times to give free permits to the city to do the job , just call and ask chance at the state and he will tell you
Please explain about free permits, and what kind of jobs are you talking about? I heard they can't get started on the high school they have to run a pipe under it for drainage because it is considered wetlands. Did the city get fined for cutting down trees where the high school is supposed to be built?
guess what

Cookeville, TN

#6 Sep 2, 2013
The city has nothing to do with the high school, that is all county.
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#7 Sep 2, 2013
guess what wrote:
The city has nothing to do with the high school, that is all county.
Then why haven't they started building it? Is it because (they) the one in charge of putting the pipe in for drainage is holding back and not the county? Our kids are going to be OLD before (they) get the school started.
guessing

Cookeville, TN

#8 Sep 2, 2013
guess what wrote:
The city has nothing to do with the high school, that is all county.
Says who?
right

Charlotte, NC

#9 Sep 4, 2013
citizen wrote:
Hopefully we can do better. Our flooding issues have been going on forever seems like. Time for all the good people to come together and do like Mr. Bowman did. We've had to much grant money wasted on things we could have done without. If the grant money is there to help us fix our drainage and sewer problems, then everyone needs to work together and make (sure) every penny of the grant money is spent toward the purpose it is supposed to be used for.
There is no hope here in monterey cause the useless mayor and board don't care unless its for themselves. Right or wrong ??????
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#10 Sep 4, 2013
right wrote:
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There is no hope here in monterey cause the useless mayor and board don't care unless its for themselves. Right or wrong ??????
Well it could be either way. If enough good people could come together and agree, ask question and keep on asking questions maby we could find out why the right things are not getting done. Take the business man that asked questions at the city meeting. take the board member that is asking questions about things that got done that didn't seem right. We the people of Monterey have a right to know how the city handles things. So all good people keep asking questions. This doesn't mean we don't support the leaders of our town, but they can be wrong too.
guess what

Cookeville, TN

#11 Sep 4, 2013
guessing wrote:
<quoted text>Says who?

Well then, if you're right, how much of this year's city budget is allocated to the building of the high school?
greencard lady

Cookeville, TN

#12 Sep 4, 2013
I'm not just the greencard lady, My name is Rebecca Iaquinta and I set on the Board of Aldermen. I have a whole list of points. 1. I am not the person speaking above. 2. Monterey does not pay for schools thru City funding. It's funded through County taxes. 3. The way grants work is that the money they give you has to be spent on specfic things, or you don't get it. 4.The work permits for water repair are on the WPA ditches and are regulated beyond comprehension! I am one of those people affected by the water damage. It has destroyed the foundation on two of my houses. Money was put in the budget this year to pay for those permits. I know because they started to take it out and I fought for it. I am the Chairman of finance for the city. We haven't had the funds to do anything about this for a long time. My friend, Ted Sheckler, sent me a link to a grant that just might help us out. I'm checking into it. 5. Bids for the school were opened last week. they were ALL either at or below our budget. The John Jernigan Told me they were addressing the bids this month and our project should be a go. 6. I have some very smart colleagues sitting on that board with me. We are far from perfect, but I don't believe any of them are there to line their pockets. Control things maybe.... If you want to know my take on whats going on in the city feel free to ask me any time. You may not like my answer but I'll tell you the truth as I know it. Three time in three years all the seats at the board meetings have been filled. If you all want to have an impact please show up and speak. We'd be happy to hear you out and answer the questions that we know the answer to. Thanks for listening.
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#13 Sep 4, 2013
guess what wrote:
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Well then, if you're right, how much of this year's city budget is allocated to the building of the high school?
I don't know. Where would you find out.
citizen

Cookeville, TN

#14 Sep 4, 2013
greencard lady wrote:
I'm not just the greencard lady, My name is Rebecca Iaquinta and I set on the Board of Aldermen. I have a whole list of points. 1. I am not the person speaking above. 2. Monterey does not pay for schools thru City funding. It's funded through County taxes. 3. The way grants work is that the money they give you has to be spent on specfic things, or you don't get it. 4.The work permits for water repair are on the WPA ditches and are regulated beyond comprehension! I am one of those people affected by the water damage. It has destroyed the foundation on two of my houses. Money was put in the budget this year to pay for those permits. I know because they started to take it out and I fought for it. I am the Chairman of finance for the city. We haven't had the funds to do anything about this for a long time. My friend, Ted Sheckler, sent me a link to a grant that just might help us out. I'm checking into it. 5. Bids for the school were opened last week. they were ALL either at or below our budget. The John Jernigan Told me they were addressing the bids this month and our project should be a go. 6. I have some very smart colleagues sitting on that board with me. We are far from perfect, but I don't believe any of them are there to line their pockets. Control things maybe.... If you want to know my take on whats going on in the city feel free to ask me any time. You may not like my answer but I'll tell you the truth as I know it. Three time in three years all the seats at the board meetings have been filled. If you all want to have an impact please show up and speak. We'd be happy to hear you out and answer the questions that we know the answer to. Thanks for listening.
One question. Is our drainage problems from wpa drainage ditches or systems?
asking questions

Cookeville, TN

#15 Sep 4, 2013
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of the most far-reaching and controversial programs initiated during the New Deal. Designed to put people to work, WPA received an initial Congressional appropriation of $5 billion. Between 1935 and its termination in 1943, the WPA employed approximately 8 million workers and spent $11 billion.

From his headquarters in Nashville, WPA state administrator Harry S. Berry, a World War I artillery commander, launched the Tennessee program. The WPA put thousands of unskilled and semiskilled Tennesseans to work, mainly on the state's roads. Farm-to-market, rural, and city-street road projects accounted for over 60 percent of total WPA appropriations in the state. But Tennessee WPA workers also built sewer systems, bridges, waterways, dams, viaducts, and overpasses.
average joe

Cookeville, TN

#16 Sep 4, 2013
Could this government program be anything like the ucdd program?
average joe

Cookeville, TN

#17 Sep 5, 2013
Spam, clueless, and nuts thanks for the answer, I just figured that was the reason for all the negative attitude about why the drainage problems cannot be fixed, the business man fixed his parking lot according to codes done everything he could, it still flooded, asked what the city was doing do fix the problem. I did not hear one solution about fixing the problem. All I read was well, we helped you more than anyone else. I want to believe the city wants to move forward. If you ask question than you're a trouble maker, although one board member did state if you wanted to know they would be honest with you. I'm asking why the drainage can't be fixed? There is mold in lots of building basements due to water standing that want drain off, can they sue the city if the drainage problems ain't fixed?
guess what

Cookeville, TN

#18 Sep 5, 2013
Why is flooding prevalent now and was not when I was a kid? The only difference is the additional paving of the Sav-a-lot parking lot, the apartments behind the park and the Sr. Citizen's Center. Then add the additional run-off created by the paving of the Library parking lot and the tennis courts. When the city started to widen the ditches leading away from the park, the State stepped in and said quit. It's simple, you can't stop the increase in run-off but you can increase the amount of outflow by deepening and widening the ditches leading toward the interstate.
average joe

Cookeville, TN

#19 Sep 5, 2013
guess what wrote:
Why is flooding prevalent now and was not when I was a kid? The only difference is the additional paving of the Sav-a-lot parking lot, the apartments behind the park and the Sr. Citizen's Center. Then add the additional run-off created by the paving of the Library parking lot and the tennis courts. When the city started to widen the ditches leading away from the park, the State stepped in and said quit. It's simple, you can't stop the increase in run-off but you can increase the amount of outflow by deepening and widening the ditches leading toward the interstate.
WHY did the state make the city quit widening the ditches and do you think that is the drainage problem facing a lot of Monterey properties?
guess what

Cookeville, TN

#20 Sep 5, 2013
I'm not sure what the State's problem was with the City doing ditch work. There are other areas in Monterey that flood but they have flooded for decades. The more growth you have, the more paving is required and that creates more run-off. I'm not well versed in this run-off business but it seems to me that if you took a topography map of the city and identified the current water problems due to grade, you could see where to route the water either by improvement on the existing ditches or creating holding ponds.

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