Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 14, 2012

Tree roots clogging subdivision drains

By Rod Rose/For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Tree-shaded streets in at least two rural Zionsville subdivisions may prove costly to homeowners, because the roots of those trees are destroying storm drains that the county agreed to maintain.

“It kind of looks like an alien,” County Attorney Bob Clutter said after looking at a photo provided by Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney of a root clog removed from a Stonegate drain.

“There are thousands of trees in the right of way at Stonegate and other subdivisions that we have,” Carney told the Boone County Commissioners. “Eventually, this is the problem we are going to have,” he said, handing out photos of the damage.

A previous board of commissioners had given the developers of Stonegate and the Enclave subdivisions permission to plant trees in the rights of way of streets, despite objections from the county Area Plan Commission and County Surveyor’s office.

“Let’s send this to the (Stonegate) homeowner’s association,” Commissioner Charles Eaton said.

“They’re aware of it,” Carney replied, “because they’re concerned we’re going to make them pay for it.”

While he didn’t provide a price, nor name other subdivisions that would be affected, Carney indicated that removal of the tree roots would be costly. The repair at Stonegate required removing a curb and part of the street.

“It’s going to cost,” Carney said.

For the full story, see Wednesday's paper.