To the editor:
I’m sorry, but where in the world do these engineers come up with figures of $17,000 to $45,000 to drain a ball diamond? We can sure tell whose income is based on a percentage for the total job cost.
Cut 6 to 8 feet of the curb much like you would do for a small driveway right to the west of Monson’s property line on the city property. Haul some dirt in from the pile east of town and make a waterway to catch the natural runoff from Monson’s and the county shop which will force the water to run to the street storm sewer, instead of the ball diamond. If you keep all the water from going to the ball diamond, it won’t take nearly as long to drain. Duh! By the way, who came up with the idea of putting a ball diamond in the lowest spot you could find in 40 acres? And if that was your only option, why not haul in some fill dirt beforehand? See what bad planning gets you.
If the runoff from the west diamond still causes problems for the east diamond, run a 6-inch tile from the storm sewer currently along the street around the east outfield fence with a couple of intakes. Once you get the area dried out it will hold a lot more rain without ponding. And if you don’t have enough fall for that to work put in a small lift station. Dozens of these type setups are all around on farms, but on a much larger scale.
There are three things you learn tiling. The boss is always right. Payday is on Friday if you don’t tell the boss he is wrong on Thursday, and water runs downhill. Use the law of nature to your advantage and not toss tax money around to fight it.
The next paragraph has a Sarcasm Alert.
I know many of you are thinking this is a brilliant idea and are wondering how the fine taxpayers of Britt can ever thank me. Well, just take the money I have saved you and put it towards repaving a street and then name said street after me. John B. Johnson Way has a nice ring to it don’t you think?
Two final thoughts. For what those engineers want to spend on a simple ball diamond, you could pattern tile 30 acres, and, even the Indians didn’t build in a flood plain.
John B. Johnson