WOBURN - A proposal backed by four alderman for a study to determine how to resolve the long-term flooding and drainage problems in the Hart Street area was approved by the City Council at its meeting this week.
"This has been an on-going issue in this area of the city that we've been trying to get our arms around," said Alderman at-large Michael Concannon, one of the sponsors of the resolution, along with City Council President Richard Haggerty, Ward 3 Alderman Mark Gaffney and Ward 4 Alderman Michael Anderson.
The resolution next heads to Mayor Scott Galvin, who Concannon said is also in support.
"The mayor believes it would be wise to engage an outside consultant," said Concannon. "We do have the support of the mayor. This is a great first step."
The resolution requests an outside consultant study the drainage issues in the Hart Street area, generally from Lowell Street and Wyman Street to Hart Street and Hamilton Road, and to Winn Street and Kilby Street, "to determine the scope of the issues and to identify possible solutions" in a report to the council.
Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately, formerly with the Woburn Dept. of Public Works, said the area's long-standing drainage issues are well-known, and there have been studies undertaken dating back to the 1990s, including one by the U.S. Army Corps on Engineers.
"There are plans, pretty good ones, on how to alleviate 90 percent of those problems," Gately said.
Ward 6 Alderman Michael Raymond asked about the cost of the study, which he said depending upon its scope could run between $10,000 to as much as $100,000,
"The intent was to make a first step," Haggerty replied. "If an appropriation were necessary, it would be before the council."
Gaffney said the drainage study should offer "specific questions" to the outside consultant "so we can get specific answers (about) how we can fix this problem."
The Hart Street sections goes on a north-south line and parallels the old Middlesex Canal with houses between Hart Street and the Middlesex Canal.