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Name not shown inside City Boundary July 24, 2024, 9:45 AM

I am taking this survey because: (Please select all that apply.) I'm a design professional who works with stormwater management
What is your top concern regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? Cost to property owners/developers and the vast area needed for detention facilities.
What type(s) of solutions would you like to see implemented regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? More of a common sense approach rather than by the book rules.
Also the TR-55 method is not an ideal way of determining the detention requirements for a singular property. A more reasonable approach might be closer to the Oakland County method. Include alternative solutions such as bioretention and infiltration in stormwater management policy.

Name not shown more than 2 miles July 22, 2024, 10:43 PM

What is your age? 36-45
How do you currently use Emerson Park? Walking, roller hockey
What is your favorite memory of your time spent at Emerson Park? Softball games
What features or amenities would you like to see in Emerson Park? Pickle ball; larger splash park with shallow pool areas
What types of programs or activities might you attend if hosted in Emerson Park? Food trucks, concerts, outdoor movie nights, art shows, bbq competitions, fall festival,

Name not shown more than 2 miles July 22, 2024, 10:39 PM

What is your age? 26-35
How do you currently use Emerson Park? Playground, work event
What is your favorite memory of your time spent at Emerson Park? My son running in circles up and down a tall slide that he normally would’ve been afraid of
What features or amenities would you like to see in Emerson Park? Fence around toddler play area
What types of programs or activities might you attend if hosted in Emerson Park? Movie night, craft show, food truck rally

Name not shown ½ to 1 mile July 22, 2024, 9:04 PM

What is your age? 26-35
How do you currently use Emerson Park? Walking, Running, Biking
What is your favorite memory of your time spent at Emerson Park? Great Lakes Market
What features or amenities would you like to see in Emerson Park? Less parking, more native plants, modern public restrooms, scooter/bike parking, lighting on trails
What types of programs or activities might you attend if hosted in Emerson Park? Athletic equipment

Nicholas Darby inside City Boundary July 22, 2024, 5:09 PM

I am taking this survey because: (Please select all that apply.) I live in the city of Midland
Have you ever been personally impacted by flooding or soil erosion? If so, please explain. If not, please skip this question. 2020 dam failures. Flooded basement, lots of damage.
What is your top concern regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? That my house is secure against stormwater flooding.
What type(s) of solutions would you like to see implemented regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? Whatever works, and is sustainable long term.
Do you have any additional comments or concerns that should be considered as we evaluate stormwater management? If not, please skip this question. It is my understanding that risks from stormwater flooding increase with the overpaving of large areas. Limiting/controlling this paving seems an obvious way to mitigate this risk.

Name not shown inside City Boundary July 22, 2024, 3:29 PM

I am taking this survey because: (Please select all that apply.) I live in the city of Midland
Have you ever been personally impacted by flooding or soil erosion? If so, please explain. If not, please skip this question. May 2020 experienced major flooding from the dam failures.
June 2017 experienced ~3 ft of flooding in my basement from storm water and sewage backup.
What is your top concern regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? My top concern is making sure water can adequately drain from my residential property in the city, especially during heavy rains and heavy snow melt.
What type(s) of solutions would you like to see implemented regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? We need to make sure all drains are free flowing and there are no blockages, inadvertent or otherwise. Residents need to know what our responsibilities are on this topic, if any.

Name not shown 1 to 2 miles July 22, 2024, 2:34 PM

What is your age? 56-65
How do you currently use Emerson Park? I use the horseshoe pits with the horseshoe club, I rent shelters for my own use and I attend events (picnics, parties, etc) located at Emerson.
What is your favorite memory of your time spent at Emerson Park? I spent a lot of time there playing Adult slow pitch softball and spectating my husband’s and children’s games down there. When the stadium was there, I loved going to tournaments at Emerson.
What features or amenities would you like to see in Emerson Park? Please keep the horseshoe pits!! And keep the bathrooms.
What types of programs or activities might you attend if hosted in Emerson Park? Corn Hole, Miniature Golf, “nature walks”

David Abilez more than 2 miles July 21, 2024, 5:44 PM

What is your age? 36-45
How do you currently use Emerson Park? For family cook outs
What is your favorite memory of your time spent at Emerson Park? A diaper party at the park
What features or amenities would you like to see in Emerson Park? I would like to see out door basketball courts and outdoor volleyball sand pits. This will allow for more outdoor summer rec leagues and bring people to the downtown park area. Remove the baseball fields since there is already an entire softball complex and place a soccer field for an additional sport since there are no soccer, basketball and only one volleyball court in all of Midland parks that I have been to.
What types of programs or activities might you attend if hosted in Emerson Park? Rec leagues, music, fitness classes.

James Allen inside City Boundary July 21, 2024, 4:42 PM

I am taking this survey because: (Please select all that apply.) I live in the city of Midland
Have you ever been personally impacted by flooding or soil erosion? If so, please explain. If not, please skip this question. Yes. My basement was flooded due to sewer backup due to filling of the sewer system from a variety of sources in the 2017 flood. It was flooded when the Moorland Pump Station failed to operate successfully and after it was shut down. My losses exceeded $60,000 that were not insured. I had full flood insurance that paid nothing since this was formally not covered by that federal insurance. My standard homeowner's flood policy was $5000 which covered basic cleanup and sanitation only. It was months before things were back in order and repaired, primarily with my own labor. I bought the house BASED ON ITS RESISTANCE TO THE 1986 FLOODING WHICH WAS THE GREATEST IN MIDLAND HISTORY AT THAT TIME. Because the CITY had not followed the recommendations of the 1987 contracted study and really done NOTHING in the succeeding 31 years, I felt I could no longer depend on them to do anything with respect to flooding of any kind, I decided to do everything within my power to remedy the situation. At my expense I installed an anti-backup value, a sump pump system, AND my own power supply that operate automatically and run indefinitely to operate the system. I was one of the few homes in the area that had been vulnerable that endured no impact from the 2020 FLOOD at all. If ANY ONE OF THOSE FEATURE HAD NOT BEEN IN PLACE (power was out circa 36 hours), I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION AS FOLLOWING THE 2017 FLOOD AS THE CITY HAD DONE BASICALLY NOTHING RECOMMENDED IN THE EXPENSIVE STUDY FOLLOWING THE 2017 FLOOD. Personal result: great fear of what could happen and extreme disappoinment in management, both leading to personal action.
What is your top concern regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? Following the recommendation of 2017 (available in writing and on video recording of the Midland City Council), my biggest concern is the drainage in the Sturgeon Creed basin, and the feeder natural drainage systems of the Snake and Inman Drains. Nothing material has been done to alleviate these natural drains of debris, deadfalls, growth and the like that is the major impediment to natural drainage out of this area. It was recommended that these basins be cleaned and a maintenance program be put in place and regularly serviced, that two position hat were responsible for some of that work and had been downsized be reinstalled, and that water flow rate monitoring of all these areas coupled with outflows of impinging systems be installed and measurements taken on a regular basis to better understand the total situation. It was also recommended that all this be done BEFORE ANY CONSIDERATION OF ANY SEWER WORK, SANITARY OR STORM PROJECTS. That was not done. It was recommended that an FDDP was NOT in order for the Moorland district (where most of the flooding damage of 2017 occurred). It was also recommended that NEW CITY ORDINANCES might have to be put into place to rectify the management issues (city reponsibility for the city drainage issues, reparian rights and responsibilities of homeowners, county responsibilities within the city, and alleged State responsibilities of all the lands in the natural drainage areas, that is, in this case, the Sturgeon Creek basin, and the Snake and Inman Drains. That was not done. A lot of thought and money went into these studies, and those recommendations (reiterated by CITY STAFF in WRITING), has not been done. They are still valid recommendations as everyone has discussed in open forums in the City Council. Drainage OUT OF THE AREA THAT HAS FLOODED IS MY CHIEF CONCERN and that the remedies recommended will NEVER BE ADDRESSED.
What type(s) of solutions would you like to see implemented regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? See previous chief concerns and proposed remedies at that time. They are available in video online following the flood of 2017 and also reviewed in the Fall of 2020 at city council meeting. I am sure the city archives have saved these recommendations as there were millions of dollars in involved.
1. Permanent, ongoing "cleaning of the Sturgeon Creek basin, Inman Drain and Snake Drain, this may include city ordinances recommended by the consultants to settle responsibilities of homeowners versus the city (who has the ultimate responsibility for drainage within the city by state law.
2. Permanent water measurements of the key drainage areas and contributions to assist in future planning of impinging drainage areas on this part of the flood plain.
3. Serious attention as a matter of process to ALL DEVELOPMENTS, ONGOING AND FUTURE, that IMPACT ANY OF THE THE AREAS IN OR ADJACENT TO THE FLOOD PLAINS AFFECTING THE PARTS OF THE CITY OF MIDLAND THAT HAS A HISTORY OF BEING SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR BASEMENT BACKUPS DUE TO OTHER THINGS THAN VERY LOCAL PLUMBING PIPE PROBLEMS. The Moorland basis did not and does not have perennial basement backups contrary to some popularized notions. These have only occurred when the Moorland pumping stations failed or was shut down during the floods of 1986, 2017, and 2020.
4. Critical review and remediation of all culverts and drains in the Moorland Area that could act as bottlenecks for drainage from the Moorland District. Several are known and are not currently being addressed. Getting the water out of the district as fast as possible is key. Any bottleneck becomes a serious problem with flooding occurs.

Connie Parkhurst inside City Boundary July 20, 2024, 9:43 PM

I am taking this survey because: (Please select all that apply.) I live in the city of Midland
Have you ever been personally impacted by flooding or soil erosion? If so, please explain. If not, please skip this question. yes, twice had sewage backup in basement of home. Backyard water floods in it after large rainfalls, melting snow and ice. Entire block of homes have this condition occur and progress.
What is your top concern regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? water collection in streets is dangerous and especially on curves. Our curve is a problem like that. Also somehow our backyard turns into pond with flooding, excessive rain, snow, and flows in our neighbors backyards too for the whole block. That water has been increasing over past 10 years maybe.
What type(s) of solutions would you like to see implemented regarding stormwater management in the city of Midland? angle streets better for flow to storm sewers. Keep clearing out around creeks and low areas but be conscious of need of vegetation
Do you have any additional comments or concerns that should be considered as we evaluate stormwater management? If not, please skip this question. hopefully the pump stations and new road in my street with Concept 5 change will improve problem as recommended by your evaluation and action.