94 years of flooding, and counting: Photos above from March 2021
Last year, my campaign for Mayor of Lebanon, TN focused on two things, flooding and insisting politicians, and other officials obey their oath of office to uphold ALL the laws. I was unsuccessful but flooding in Lebanon successfully returned to inundate parts of the city, including businesses downtown, this past weekend.
Had I taken the oath as mayor, in early December 2020, my immediate, as outlined in campaign literature/website would have been department personnel identifying and clearing obstructed drainage areas, even to the point of dredging to ease the outflow of waterways; four months of work may have prevented a large part, if not all flooding in Lebanon.
An April 6, 2021 news article in the Lebanon Democrat newspaper cites the local government has hired a "Drainage Mitigation Coordinator" in charge of making sure drainage routes around the city remain clear. Lebanon's Commissioner of Public Works states, since 2010, the city has had discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers on possible alternatives to mitigate flooding on Sinking Creek (waterway flowing beneath the center of town).
The Public Works Commissioner adds that no option has been identified that would significantly reduce flood elevations in the (City) square; this is lie. Since last July, a major part of my mayoral campaign addressed, and submitted a decisive remedy for the flooding issue, which remains on this web page for your edification.
ALL TALK, LITTLE ACTION: The city has been talking to the Army Corp of Engineers for 11 years on how to solve the flooding issue; all they need to do is come up for air, and adopt my plan, outlined below.....
DeMoor Flood Plan/The Square:
DRAIN PIPE, DREDGING, CLEARING, PUMP STATION(S)
The land now serving as a drainage ditch approaching, traversing under, and exiting the square can be converted to accommodate large composite or concrete pipe, buried to handle storm run-off, and rising Barton’s and Sinking Creeks. Imagine, "where once there was a drainage ditch, buildings exist".
Clearing and dredging away from the square, must be included in my plan, lest properties become flooded downstream. A pump station may also be necessary to assure drainage.
HOW TO PAY FOR IT
As I mention within my economic plan, increasing our tax base of contributors (consumers paying their taxes) and seeking private venture capital, so that we may fund major projects, will always be my first and second choices, as opposed to raising tax rates.
I believe the impact of providing year-round convenient covered parking, on or near the square, for consumers (see my Economic Plan and Parking On/Near Square at "tabs above") will be the catalyst in bringing more revenue to merchants, and incentive for additional private investment, in and for many blocks around the square itself.
The area surrounding the square will then be conducive for new residential housing in the form of condominiums, as well as businesses geared toward not only shoppers, but residents needing services.
As a result, property values and tax dollars into our city treasury will increase.
I will run the cost estimates against those of the Army Corp of Engineers assessment of the problem (no remedy was apparent in the report)
There are a number of creeks and drainage areas throughout our city frequently choked with stagnant water and overgrowth, which invites disease carrying insects, microorganisms, and floods.
I want to coordinate regular clean-up efforts with neighbors along the waterways, such as a community effort of “neighbor helping neighbor” cut back overgrowth along their property.
Perhaps designating a Saturday once each month, or every six weeks, March through October, as a volunteer effort of citizens, in concert with city workers to clear vegetation, identify waterways in need of dredging, and promote downstream runoff, will be beneficial.
Making our waterways more efficient and attractive will also make properties more appealing and livable, for all our citizens.
After 92 years of flooding in our City of Lebanon, I was asked if I could offer a solution; my answer is on this page.
During the last 6 years, all three of my opponents for mayor have been on the city council, and one (also) as mayor, and NOTHING was proposed, nor implemented to solve this continual problem!
UPDATE April 2021
A recent comment from the head of public works, Jeff Baines, was that no remedy proposal has been forthcoming. NOT TRUE; my proposal herein was posted in July 2020, and put forth during my campaign, from July-November.
The same department head offered as his solution, warning devices alerting residents of rising water, which then became city government's answer to destructive flooding: let people know the water s rising! INCREDIBLE!
April 24, 2021: I'm sending an email to (current) Mayor Bell, including the link to this page as a reminder of my remedy, urging the city to study and adopt the plan.
As of June 6, 2021: No reply from the Mayor of Lebanon.
As your next mayor, I will initiate a program to test water and soil in and surrounding stagnant waterways, to determine if toxic elements are present.
Free-flowing waterways will not only be healthier for our citizens, but more beautiful as well.
I'm ready to change Lebanon into an exciting positive place to live, work, raise families, and reject the long-time good-ole-boy-good-ole-girl nonsense of "insider" deals.