By Sandie Grassino
The regularly scheduled Fenton Board of Aldermen took an unanticipated turn on June 8. The start of the planned meeting was delayed by an overflow crowd in the aldermanic chamber at City Hall. The room was packed with residents, business owners, media and others wanting to share information and seek answers regarding the most recent flood to impact Fenton at the end of April through the start of May.
The Corps of Engineers was also present, disputing the established opinion that a major culprit in the recent impactful floods is the Valley Park levee. The representative challenged that by saying that the levee was not overbuilt, as has been discussed. Business owners and residents alike spoke of their stress at coping with this flood. For one business owner, this was his first flood, although he had owned the business for years. He stated in the public minutes that he had been told he did not need to purchase flood insurance because the water would not get to his property, which the recent flood proved wrong.
The speakers asked the Fenton aldermen to step up and make an effort to “solve” the problem of this rash of recent floods to the Fenton community.
The board has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the flooding situations. The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Fenton City Hall. For additional information, contact Diane Monteleone, City Clerk/Manager at 636-343-2080.