Logan questioned over runoff

Eldorado man says wet yard caused by nearby home project

Logan Township officials plan to try to help an Eldorado man who complained at a meeting last week about runoff he said has been caused by a neighbor’s home addition project that involved rerouting a stream on that neighbor’s property.

Joel Bobetich of Electric Avenue said the runoff began late last year, and that it has kept his yard so wet this year that he was unable to cut the grass all during June — despite mostly dry weather.

Did the authorities fail to require the necessary permits when the neighbor built the addition a couple of years ago, Bobetich asked, saying that another neighbor was told he mustn’t touch that same stream during construction of a house.

The neighbor who built the addition obtained a permit, but because the project disturbed less than 5,000 square feet, he didn’t need a stormwater management plan — unlike the neighbor who built the house, said Planning Director Cassan­dra Schmick and solicitor Dan Stants.

Still, state law grants property owners permission to take legal action against anyone who causes harm by altering the natural flow of water, Stants told Bobetich.

But the township isn’t responsible for the problem, said Chairman Jim Patterson, saying he nevertheless felt sympathy for Bobetich.

He might need to consult a lawyer, Bobetich said.

Maybe Bobetich could help himself by digging a French drain in his yard, so the runoff percolates down to the water table, Patterson suggested.

Bobetich asked if he could redirect the runoff to a nearby drainage ditch owned by the township.

A representative from the township Highway Depart­ment would need to take a look at the situation before that would be allowed, Schmick said.

The township will send someone, Manager Tim Brown said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.