Susan Downey, a homeowner on Lindholm St, has contacted the Oakland County Road Commission (http://www.theoaklandcountyroadcommission.com/
So far, no one has done anything to actually fix the problem. Instead, the OCRC will be putting the cost on the homeowners, forcing them to install engineered septic systems at about $24,000 each. “This might handle the sewage problem,” said Downey, “but it will not take care of the standing water which not only looks bad but contributes to a problem with mosquitoes. A dewatering system to lower the water table will take care of all the problems and we will not have to incur the ridiculous cost of new septic systems when the ones we have are working just fine and will continue to work if the County would fix the problem that has existed since these homes were built in the early seventies.”
The sewage problem began at the home on 5060 Lake Grove, the street behind Susan’s home. The homeowner thought he would solve the problem by filling in the ditch in front of his home with dirt and cinder blocks. “I understand the abandoned drain that runs through a vacated alley discharges there,” said Downey. “His filling in the ditch resulted in sending the raw sewage through the system to my next door neighbor’s home. When another neighbor, who does not want to be named, called the OCRC, they sent someone out to look at it and the guy (from the OCRC) said there was nothing wrong with the homeowner filling in the ditch! I was under the impression that we were not supposed to tamper with their (failing) leaching system!”
Since purchasing her home in the summer of 2008 Susan has noticed a growing problem that is getting worse each year. At first rain water would fill the ditch for a short time after a rainstorm, but it would drain away within a few days. Now the catch basin has sunk about 2 feet into the ground and filled with muck. When she called the Oakland County Road Commission they said it was not their problem unless it caused a hazard to the road. White Lake Township offices also deny responsibility.
Her next step was to call her area County Commissioner, Jim Runestad (https://www.prbuzz.com/
“I wonder who the developers had to pay off to get the permits!” Susan said. “I realize this was over 40 years ago when the homes were built and the actual person may not be in office any more, but some authority is responsible. My home should have never been built! And now there are serious health issues with mosquitoes in standing water and raw sewage!”
The Oakland County Road Commission and White Lake Township deny responsibility and the County Commissioner, Jim Runestad cannot help either. Susan and area homeowners just want to know who can help. “The OCRC says they do not have the funds to fix the problem,” said Downey. “So, what if I don’t have the funds to pay my property taxes? Could I just say, sorry, no money, and get away with it?
Who is responsible for handling the standing water problem? Who has the authority? Susan just wants answers. Visit http://www.theoaklandcountyroadcommission.com/