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Complaint about flooding gets fast reply

A Moll Street resident who complained about three decades of street flooding got a swift answer from the city engineer, who said he is working on a plan to add storm sewers.

"One solution to that problem -- and it's to reconstruct the storm sewer on the entire street," City Engineer Dale W. Marshall said during a Common Council meeting Tuesday evening. "It's not inexpensive."

Marshall said he was reviewing prices and options for a proposal to be included in the 2013 city budget.

John M. Scozzafava, who filed his complaint toward the end of the meeting, said he was tired of street flooding that has killed trees and harbored mosquitoes.

"We're paying taxes on a piece of property we can't use," he said. "I've got pictures of kids in canoes and kayaks."

Also during the meeting, city resident Jack Kanack was presented with a proclamation designating Tuesday as "Jack Kanack Day," in honor of his 30 years of daily weather observations. He has consistently recorded local weather details -- including precipitation, temperature and severe weather -- and reported them to the National Weather Service.

"I really felt appreciated that all the work I've done all these years, I've been recognized for by the city," Kanack said, adding that he was surprised to get the call from the city about the proclamation.

"It just totally shocked me," he said. "I was more speechless than anything else."

Kanack said he is proud that his weather records proved valuable -- including the city using the data as evidence for the need for grant money after the October Surprise snowstorm in 2006.

"I'm like the independent reporter, the referee," said Kanack, who has become a weather consultant to help businesses use weather data to their advantage.

The Council voted unanimously to table a $22,000 budget transfer to replace asbestos hoods for fumes at the wastewater-treatment plant. Lawmakers plan to visit the plant to assess the issue. "We just want to do our due diligence," said Nancy A. Donovan, alderwoman at large.