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Driveway damage claims denied

A small agenda led to a lively Glencoe City Finance Committee on Thursday, Sept. 11.
One item on the agenda was how the city should handle the claims of driveway damage on 17th Street following the large rain events in mid-June.
At the Sept. 2 City Council meeting, Mayor Randy Wilson asked that the issue be taken to the finance committee for further review. The committee moved the date of the meeting to handle the issue before Monday’s council meeting.
Five claims of damage of driveway damage have been made to the city.
Gary Harms, from GMH Ashphault of Chaska, the company that did the 17th Street project, was in attendance at the meeting.
Justin Black of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), Glencoe city engineer, reported again at the committee meeting, that they could find no conclusive evidence that the construction project caused any further damage than was prior to the rain events.
Homeowners on 17th Street in attendance wanted to know why the contractor opened up the street knowing it was going to rain.
Harms said that had they known it was going to rain 10-plus inches they would not have dug up the street, but added they can’t wait for a day in June that it might not rain.
The committee discussed hiring a firm to do more extensive ground penetrating radar studies at a cost of over $5,000, but in the end decided against it since the engineers have found no evidence of damage caused by the project.

For more, see the Sept. 17 print edition of The Chronicle.