The Mayor of Scott says residential development is what the city needs, but not at the risk of putting people in danger. A landowner is ready to build on a piece of property he owns; but before he does that a few neighbors and the mayor offered him some advice.
"That's their property they can do what they want to don't put water on me and don't open my culdesac," says Woody. George woody lives in Rye Circle subdivision, next to the property under development. Woody expressed his concerns before the Scott City Council Thursday. He says the issue of serious flooding needs to be dealt with - before any more homes are built nearby.
"There out in the back down an open ditch beyond my little building there; that is full on the slightest of rains," says Woody. Woody has lived here for ten years. He says he knows the floodwater from off the proposed property development is going to go somewhere. "If they develop it and build it up to what's recommended for a height of a house; that's going to flood everything else. That water is going to runoff."
Mayor Purvis Morrison couldn't agree more. The mayor says he's not willing to lead a land owner down the wrong path - no matter how much he wants new development for Scott. "It's a big water issue back there. Anytime you open roads and bring more housing down there; will where the water go?"
The understanding is that the landowner plans to build several houses on the property for private use. The city recommends a drainage analysis - before the project gets going. "We have a lady right now every time it rains, she's stranded down there. If we put another five to six down there, then what happens when it rains. That's more people who can't get out,"says Mayor Morrison.
"I welcome development. I welcome the neighbors I don't really care what they do with their property. I care what they do with their properties water," adds Woody.