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Residents want city to take over pond maintenance

  • Written by Bill Lewis

A group of 32 homeowners in a residential tract near Woodinville High School are asking the city to take over maintenance of a pond in their neighborhood, after they spent about $21,000 of their own money to clean debris from the pond.

The residents say Leckner Pond, located near the northwest corner of the high school property, serves as a storm water detention pond that benefits city streets, rather than their own property, and should be maintained by the city.

City staff members agree with that assessment, and have recommended to the city council that the city accept the pond as a gift from the 32 owners, and assume maintenance duties. City council members delayed a decision on whether to accept the gift at their July 11 meeting, pending a study of whether there are other privately owned ponds that the city might be asked to maintain.

The city did maintain the pond from the time the plat was created in 2006 until about 2012, when officials realized the pond was privately owned, according to Rick Roberts, city Public Works director.

Before recommending that the city once again take over maintenance of the pond, city staff members told residents that they needed to clean debris from the pond that was causing erosion and other problems downstream, “so that we would not have a backlog of maintenance to address once we took over maintenance of the pond,” Roberts said.
Residents spent about $21,000 to comply with the city’s cleanup requirements.

Mayor Bernie Talmas said the council would likely agree to accept the gift of the pond at a meeting later this summer, but that members need to know whether the gift could set a precedent for other ponds in the city.

Roberts said it is unlikely that there are other similarly owned ponds used for storm water detention.

“We’re not aware of any others in the city, where a community is asked to maintain a facility that serves a public good,” Roberts said.

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