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Published March 21, 2014, 09:06 PM

A poor water drainage system in Mapleton causes problems for residents

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - After years dealing with standing water in their streets and yards, homeowners of a Mapleton development say the contractor needs to come back and finish the job.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - After years dealing with standing water in their streets and yards, homeowners of a Mapleton development say the contractor needs to come back and finish the job.

The Meridian Grove development was built 7-years ago with no storm drains, and an ineffective ditching system.

As of a meeting Thursday night, the city proposed to fix the standing water problem by adding storm drains, and having the residents of the development pay for it through special assessments.

But they say they don't want to pay for something that should have been there in the first place.

Standing water is no unusual sight in the spring.

But Jon Bertsch and other residents of the Meridian Grove development in Mapleton say puddles like this are here year-round, often much deeper.

Jon Bertsch/ Homeowner: "If you're driving a car through, you can't clear it with a car."

The development was built about seven years ago, with no storm drains.

The only drainage system is this ditch on the west side of the road.

Moore Engineering reviewed the drainage system and suggested another ditch be put in on the other side of the road, a relatively inexpensive fix.

That was in 2007 and that hasn't happened.

Now, the city has proposed to add storm drains, billing the property owners through special assessments.

Bertsch: "We want to see what would happen first if this guy comes back and finishes his work, what that looks like."

In the meantime, residents have been using their own pumps to keep the water under control, with little help, they say, from the city.

Some don't feel that Mayor Eric Hillman is taking their concerns seriously.

They suggest he's let this slide because the contractor is a friend of his.

Bertsch says he's not sure what the holdup is, but would like to see some action.

Bertsch: "I think that's what government is for; to provide basics like streets, water, sewer."

Mayor Eric Hillman was not available for an interview today.

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