City Council approves $500K grant to study Grafius Run

City Council allowed the administration to pursue a $500,000 grant Thursday to pay for engineering costs related to improvements proposed for the Grafius Run watershed.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the grant.

The flood-mitigation grant application is going to the state Department of Community and Economic Development and is to be submitted by Rebecca Haladay, city engineer.

The oft-flooded run has caused more than a century of property damage.

Recently, there have been efforts by Rettew, an engineering firm, to study the watershed to correct any flooding and reduce risks for homeowners and property owners.

Ideas discussed by Rettew include moveable mechanical trash racks operating to clear debris and means of channelling the water into the run instead of it spilling onto the streets.

Another matter discussed by council and clarified by Councilman Joel Henderson, was a recommendation by Codes Department Administrator Joseph Gerardi to require any person or organization going door-to-door to obtain a $30 permit.

Henderson read from the ordinance and it showed that religious organizations not seeking remuneration don’t need to pay for the permit. However, if a religious organization or church seeks a profit from the individual at the door, that would require a permit, Gerardi said.