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April 28, 2013

Readers' Forum: April 28, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — Another debacle

for landowners

The integrity of our city and county officials continues to erode with an Issue that has come up on the east side of the city behind the Sycamore Terrace apartments.

When Thompson Thrift constructed these apartments, they were allowed to make a retention pond to hold the run-off water from these apartments. The problem occurred when they installed a 24-inch pipe that runs from the pond to their north property line. This pipe spews water onto the adjoining property owned by Linda and Wayne Horn.

This water has turned the Horn property into a mud hole. Water runs out of this pipe constantly and creates a river when there is a heavy rain. The Horns have attended several city and county meetings trying to get this problem resolved, but to no avail.

Everything I have read about a situation like this says it is illegal — “a landowner may not collect surface water into a body and then discharge it on to another’s land.” Our city and county officials don't see a problem with what Thompson Thrift has done (in fact, they OK’d it) and to my knowledge Thompson Thrift has made no attempt to talk to the property owners to resolve the problem. I'm sure none of them would appreciate this spewing pipe in their backyard, but no one wants to impede the growth of the city, so developers are free to do whatever they want regardless of the legality of the issue.

What has been done here is wrong and Thompson Thrift should step up and correct the problem. The second phase of these apartments has already begun so it will be interesting to see what the plans are for the additional run-off. Looks like another Cobblestone Crossing debacle.

— Shirley Ellis

Terre Haute

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