CAMBRIDGE—Engineers for the Village of Cambridge will work to fix a water retention pond that isn’t holding rainwater.  In fact, last year the “pond” was mowed the day after a rain storm. Proper operation of the retention pond should alleviate water problems for up to six homes in Ridgeview Subdivision and the surrounding neighborhood, and help with standing water.


Engineers for the Village of Cambridge will work to fix a water retention pond that isn’t holding rainwater. 

 In fact, last year the “pond” was mowed the day after a rain storm. Proper operation of the retention pond should alleviate water problems for up to six homes in Ridgeview Subdivision and the surrounding neighborhood, and help with standing water.

 Engineer Scott Kammerman told Cambridge’s Streets and Alleys Committee Tuesday, Feb. 10, that any fully developed, grassy residential area has five to 10 cubic feet per second less runoff than a corn field, so he said it’s not that the new subdivision has increased runoff. 


 Correct operation of the retention pond would also alleviate runoff to the west near the high school, village administrator Dwaine Van Meenen said.

 It may take a storm or two to determine the solution. “I don’t think we can guess this thing dry, it needs to be in action to see what it’s not doing,” said Trustee Grady Usrey.

 The committee also learned the village has asked firms that work on septic systems to stop dumping into Cambridge’s sewer treatment facility. Van Meenen said it’s not fair to Cambridge taxpayers to have to bear the costs of treating others’ waste.

 The town is working on a grant to acquire an 80-kilowatt generator to run the water department in the event of a power outage. 

 The cost could be more than $30,000.

 The water tower is to be painted this year. The committee talked about the requirement to contain sandblasted material from the water tower if lead is found in paint samples. 

 Keith Kennett of TNEMEC said Cambridge has used his firm’s product since the tower went up in the early 1970s, and TNEMEC doesn’t sell lead-based paint.

 He added that many painting contractors prefer to use containment apparatus to cut down on nuisance dust, and said so many now own containment equipment and are proficient with its use that the customer’s cost has dropped from $60,000 to $100,000 down to $25,000 to $35,000.

 Village engineers are to compare costs and longevity of sandblasting or overcoating the tower.