High groundwater problem irksome
By Michael Gennings Staff The higher than normal groundwater level in the area this spring has caught the attention of Clearview Township officials. At council last Monday night, elected officials passed a resolution, moved by Ward 4 councillor Thom Paterson and seconded by Ward 6 councillor Roger McGillvray, instructing public works staff to prepare a report on the situation. Council wants the report to note the situation at some newer homes in the east end of Creemore, where water coming into basements has been a problem. The report is also to outline similar wet basement problems at some homes on Michael Street, off the Clearview-Tosorontio Townline and on 9/10 Sideroad. And officials want the report to include any possible solutions. Council passed the resolution after Paterson sparked a discussion on the topic at the end of last Monday night’s meeting. “I think what we’re looking for [from staff] is a statement of cause,” McGillvray said. By having staff prepare the report, McGillvray added officials can show residents they are aware of the high groundwater level and that they are trying to do something about it. “It shows we’re being diligent,” he said. Michael Wynia, Clearview’s director of public works, cautioned council though, saying there’s really nothing Clearview can do. That said, he noted one solution would be to demand that all new construction be built on concrete slabs – thus eliminating basements and the possibility they will flood. “I haven’t seen anything like this in 20 years in New Lowell,” Wynia said, referring to groundwater levels where he lives. Ward 7 councillor Shawn Davidson said the high groundwater problem can be found beyond Clearview. He homes in the Bay Colony residential development in Wasaga Beach have experienced basement flooding this spring. Steve Sage, the township’s deputy director of public works, said he’s fielded more telephone calls this year from people complaining about the high groundwater level than ever before in his 19-year career. Staff was instructed to submit its report on the high water level by May 25.