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Resident upset about flooding on property

WINSTED — A local property owner dealing with flooding issues asked the Board of Selectmen for help during their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17.Mike Renaldi, who owns property on 452 Platt Hill Road, told selectmen he has been dealing with substantial flooding since 2002 when houses near his property were constructed on the street.He presented the selectmen with pictures of his property and his neighbor’s property on 450 Platt Hill Road that show flooding.One picture shows water ponding in front of Renaldi’s house. Another photo shows a substantial amount of water flooding Renaldi’s driveway.“Ninety percent of the water on Platt Hill Road comes on to my property,” Renaldi said. “In 2002, I spoke to the public works director, and he told me that the town could not afford to help me out. This has been going on for years and I have been trying my best to solve the problem, but I am running out of time and patience.”Renaldi added that the water has destroyed most of the trees on his property due to the thousands of gallons of water that enter it every time it rains, and due to snow runoff.He told the selectmen that he contacted current Public Works Director Jim Rotondo, who inspected the property in August.“[Rotondo] told me that the town just does not have any money and cannot help me,” Renaldi said. “Then I set up a a meeting with Town Manager Dale Martin. He said that he would be able to do something to help.”Renaldi said that he has been trying to contact Martin since this fall, but has not heard back from him.Martin was not present at the selectmen’s meeting. According to Mayor Maryann Welcome, Martin was attending a seminar.Welcome told Renaldi that she would speak to Martin about the flooding issue.

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