Drainage ordinance stirs up a storm

Wapakoneta City Council members receiving the oath of office Wednesday are, from left: James Neumeier, Bonnie Wurst, Dan Lee, Chad Doll, Rodney Metz, Terry Campbell and Chad Dunlap.
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Legislation over storm water drainage created quite a storm for Wapakoneta City Council at its first meeting of the year Wednesday night.

The ordinance was up for its third reading. It ended up being tabled pending a Committee of the Whole meeting.

David Schlenker, of Schlenker Development Inc., addressed council on Dec. 18 regarding this issue when it came up for its second reading.

Schlenker told council there were parts he did not understand and had concerns that council members may not understand them either. He urged council to carefully review the material before making a final vote.

Council President Steve Henderson suggested tabling the measure due to the fact that Second Ward Councilman Dan Lee and incoming Councilman Chad Dunlap were unable to attend the Dec.18 meeting, but no motion was made.

Schlenker told councilors at that meeting that the new rules may prohibit some properties from being developed. He recommended councilors compare the drainage system requirements in surrounding communities.

At Wednesday’s meeting, resident Brandon Terrill appeared before council to support passage of the measure. Henderson stated that council had yet to discuss the issue that evening.
Terrill went on to say that the power of developers is strong and feared the legislation was going to be voted down.

Two councilors, Second Ward Councilor Dan Lee and Third Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, outwardly expressed...

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