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City fixes stagnant ponds near manís home

By Tiffeny Hurtado ∑ 340-2440

The city of Decaturís Public Works Department fixed the drainage problem that caused ponds of stagnant water behind a Decatur residentís home.

Bob Hall contacted The Daily in April about having to deal with swarms of mosquitoes that were attracted to standing water on about 1.5 acres of city property off 14th Avenue Southwest. Hall said he had attempted for several years to get someone to solve the problem, however, he had not been successful.

He said each summer the mosquitoes made him miserable when he spent time outside at his home.

On Tuesday, crews from the cityís Public Works showed up at the site between Freemont Drive and Puckett Avenue to reshape the land to let the retention ponds drain properly.

ďI saw them working out there when I was on my way to work,Ē said Hall.

A little late?

Hall said he is glad the city came out to fix the ponds, but it came a little too late because the ponds have since dried up due to the regionís severe drought.

Mark Petersohn, director of the Department of Public Works and Engineering, said that in coordination with District 4 Councilman Ronny Russell, his crew fixed the drainage problem.

Petersohn said the land will be continually evaluated, especially when much-needed rainfall occurs, to make sure the work allowed for adequate drainage.

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