Box 12, Folder 6, Document 36

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TO: Public Works Committee

REFERENCE; Local Storm Water Facilities

There exists in the Atlanta Area a serious condition resulting from
inadequate and outdated storm sewers and drainage structures, This
condition has existed for many years but grown worse each year with

continued development and normal obsolescence rates.

Atlanta has hundreds of areas that flood with each rain of two inch
intensity or more, hundreds of undersized or deteriorated culverts,
hundreds of miles of restricted streams with no bank stabilization,
and over 75 miles of streams carrying combined storm and sanitary
sewage overflows with each rain. These conditions are compounded by
poor sanitation practices in many neighborhoods which allows the
dumping of trash and debris into streams and drainage systems causing

obstruction of both opem ditches and culverts downstream.

There is presently available no comprehensive map record of the exis-
ting drainage system. No drawings, location plans, or size data is
available for location or planning, and no staff capability is avail-

able to presently undertake this necessary prerequisite to do compre-

hensive planning and evaluation of the problem scope in any detail.

The City implemented a system of sewer service charges in 1967 which
provides for the operation and maintenance ee the sanitary sewer sys-
tem and certain elements of the combined sewer system. Presently, funds
from this revenue source are being used to maintain the storm sewer sys-

tem contrary to the intent and stated purposes of the service charge

ordinance. This cannot continue and certainly cannot be expanded to
provide for enlargement or improvements to the storm sewer system. On
the contrary it will be necessary to reduce the present level of expen-
ditures from this source to meet bond ordinance commitments to buyers.
There are no general fund appropriations provided for storm sewers

during 1967.

The Atlanta Region Metropolitan Planning Commission, in compliance with
a requirement of the Housing Act of 1965, has recently initiated en 18
month comprehensive study on a generalized scope of “Water and Sewage
Problems of the Metropolitan Area." This study will supposedly lay the
ground work for development of a comprehensive Master Plan for Water and

Sewer Development in the Metropolitan Area.

The difficulty here is that this study will consider only the sanitary
and combined sewer elements of the problem and will not consider in any
way the storm sewer aspects, If the comprehensive study is to develop

a proposal for system expansion and reorganization to include restruc-
ture of revenues and political boundaries in order to obtain future
solutions to existing problems it must be able to intelligently evalu-
ate and include the other 50% of the total problem; that of storm sewers
and drainage systems. There is no way in which this can be done at

present. The problems reflected previously have two distinct facets;


they are: -

1. Immediate efforts to finance and construct relief
facilities in health hazard areas, together with

initiation of studies to develop scope and solution


to the overall problen.

Future efforts including a massive construction

program growing from earlier study would develop:

problem areas, problem scope, methods of financing,

development of plans and schedules.

A cursory study of the work to be done, indicates that the following

sequence of events should take place:



Allocate funds to provide immediate relief for

priority problems $1,000,000 (see Note 1).

Allocate funds and authorize minimum staffing
and consultant contract to initiate mapping
program. (See note 2).

Allocate continued emergency relief funds for
operations and improvements of storm water

Allocate funds for contract study and mapping
assistance by consultant in-house staff,
Develop program organization and financing for
comprehensive solution of problem areas.
Launch massive Capital Improvement Program which

might well require five years.

Note Il:

Preliminary plans and, ih some case, cost estimates exist on numerous
projecrs causing recurring problems. Those presently read for contract

letting include the following:




Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewers:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewers:
Storm gaedees
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer;
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer:
Storm Sewer;
Storm Sewer:

Storm Sewer:

“Charlene Avenue, N. E.

Wilson Avenue, N. W.
Clarondale Drive, N. W.

Springside Drive, S. E.

Brookwood Interchange
Ellsworth Ind. Drive
Habersham Road, N. W.
Peachtree Avenue, .N. W.

N. Stratford Road, N. W.
Blake Avenue, S. E.
Stovall Street, S. E.
McDonough Boulevard, S. E.
Boulevard Drive, S. E. (should allocate for open channel
Piedmont Way, N. E.
Porter Drive, N. W.
Oldfield Road, N. W.
Grand Avenue, S. W.
Deering Road, N. E.
Conrad Avenue, S. E,
Montrose Avenue, S. W.
Hazelwood Drive, S. W.
Collier Drive, N. W.
Macon Drive, Ss. W.

Rhodenhaven Drive, N. W.

Note 1 (Cont'd)

25. Culvert: Peachtree-Dunwoody , N. E.
26. Storm Sewer: Wildwood Road, N. E.

27. Storm Sewer: Armour Drive, N. E.:

28. Culverts: «Jonesboro Rd., S. E. (Should allocate for open channei)
29. Storm Sewer: Bellview Avenue, N. E.

30. Storm Sewer: Monument Avenue, S. E.

31. Storm Sewer: Stratford Road, N. W.

32. Storm Sewer: Club Drive, N. E.

33. Storm Sewer: Griffin Street, N. W.

34. Open Channel: Clear Creek

35. Culverts: Cleveland Avenue, S. E.

36. Culverts: Pryor Road, S. E. (should allocate for open channel)
37. Storm Sewer: ° Grant Park, S. Kis

38. Storm Sewer: ° Penelope Circle, S. E.

39, Culvert: Hogan Road, S. We

40. Storm Sewer: Milton Avenue, S. E.

41. Storm Sewer: Pharr Road, N. E.

42, Storm Sewer: Egan Homes

43. Open Channel: Napoleon Avenue, S. W.

44. Storm Sewer: Cahaba: Drive, S. W.

45. Storm Sewer: Vannoy and Dahlgreen, S. E
46. Open Channel: Santa Monica Drive, N. W.
47. Storm Sewer: East Beechwood Drive, N. W.
48. Storm Sewer: Eulalia Road, N. E.

49. Storm Sewer: Northside Drive, N. W.

50. Storm Sewer: Farrington Place, S. E.

51. Storm Sewer: Holly Road, N. W.


A workable program could be initiated with an in-house staff doing pre-

liminary planning and base map development, then, negotiating a contract

with a suitable consultant to supplement staff and facilities.

An in-house staff essentially as listed here would provide this capability:
One each Senior Civil Engineer
One each Civil Engineer
Four each Draftsman If

This staff capability should be supplemented by a consulting contract with

the following purposes and objectives:

Provide final map drawings.

Provide field control and locations.
Provide topographic map base material,
Study existing system.

Evaluate system trouble spots.

Recommend improvements.

Develop problem scope and financing base.
Develop plans and schedules.

Provide Master. Plan.

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