To Whom It May Concern,
Hello, my name is Whitney. My husband, John, and I moved into the historic district of Sandy in January of 2020. (8850 S 60 E Sandy, UT 84070) I would like to explain our situation and ask some questions. I appreciate your time in reading this email.
We love the charm of our historic home, and actually liked the look of the"ditch" (for lack of a better word), in front of our house. However, quickly became turned off by how much maintenance is required. We tried weeding between all of the rocks and mucking out the ditch multiple times during the spring and summer last year and, ultimately, couldn't keep up with it. We also inherited a hard-to-maintain "park strip" between the sidewalk and ditch that has sprinklers installed, but which are not hooked up to any of our sprinkler systems. We could never figure out how to turn them on, which left our park strip very ugly and impossible to keep up with as well. I found it odd that one street over had a beautiful curb and gutter, and my next-door neighbors didn't even have a ditch- just asphalt from their sidewalk and wondered why our house had the impossible ditch.
Last Summer, I contacted someone about the 50/50 concrete program hoping that could help our situation, and was told it wasn't the right department for curb and gutter, but that Sandy City was actively working toward replacing all ditches in the historic district. I was given a name to contact about that initiative, but after not being able to contact that person due to being out of the office for extended periods of time, I lost their information and gave up on the effort. I also have not seen any ditches being replaced in my 1.5 years here, so I had little hopes that this matter would be taken care of on its own.
Due to the drought this year, we have not watered our lawn too much, which had me not wanting to complain about the ugly ditch- They kind of match now. :) But after the last 2 rainstorms, I would like to reopen this conversation. This is no longer an issue of aesthetics, but an issue of safety, and water drainage.
We collect a lot of water from our entire neighborhood since our house is downstream from the North and the East. This ends up leaving a lot of water running in front of our house. I will admit that the last 2 rainstorms we have had have been REALLY strong, but the ditch in front of our house doesn't have a chance to properly drain even normal rainstorms, or when irrigation water gets turned on high. Like I mentioned before, our neighbor to the south has all concrete, so the water must drain from our ditch because it has nowhere else to go. I want to point out that the issues we face have not been unique to the past two rainstorms.
Here are our 2 issues.
1. Our drain(s) are not adequate to properly drain the water
2. Because of this, debris from a large area of our neighborhood ends up in our yard.
I have attached pictures to illustrate this further, but for context: the 2 drains in front of our house are not adequate to drain the amount of water coming in because the first one is clogged up with debris. The second one has been sandbagged- and is not going to drain any water. So we really only have 1 semi-functional working drain. The amount of water flooding our yard is staggering, and the amount of debris including organic matter and straight-up garbage is unacceptable. The video doesn't really show well, but we get flooding from the ditch around both drains, and the flooding from the 2nd drain runs deep into our yard almost all the way back to our backyard fence. We feel powerless to do anything about this and hate paying $6 a month for a service that is ultimately failing us.
My question is, who can I speak to further about this matter, and what can be done to help us out with this issue? I am happy to speak on the phone, communicate by email, or meet someone on our property to discuss further. I really appreciate your attention to this matter.
Thank you for your time,
8850 S. 60 E
Sandy, UT 84070