Q-l. Who are you and what qualifies you to present this Report?
A-1. I am Wanda Sue Parrott, homeowner/member of Springfieldians Against Stormwater/Sewage. I was the Homeowners' Representative in 1989 when my parents and neighbors had a Neighborhood Watch group in this same area.
Q.-2. What area was originally covered by the Neighborhood Watch group, and what is included in SASS?
A-2. Originally, the 1900 block of South Avenue, the 200 block of Washita Street and part of the 1800 block of S. Robberson Avenue were included, which was about 25 homes maximum. SASS now covers Campbell Avenue to Roanoke Avenue from Sunshine Street to Cherokee Street, plus a few doos south of Cherokee on Roanoke and Jefferson Avenues.
Q.-3. How many homes are now included in SASS?
A-3. Between 100 and 125 homes.
Q.-4 Are you an officer of SASS? lf yes, what is your title?
A-4 There are no officers at this time. I served from 2004-2005 as contact person and editor of "Neighborhood Watch"newsletter.
Q.-5. Who is now the contact person?
A-5. The person to contact regarding SASS matters is building contractor MARK CLORE, 1924 South Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807, phone (417) 889-9440.
Q.-5. Is there anything else that is significant about SASS?
A-5. Several pertinent location identities, starting with Manhole 13 in the middle of the South Avenue at Washita Street. It is the SASS landmark separating west and east Springfield addresses. Also:
A. COMMUNITY: SASS is in a portion of the greater area identified by the City of Springfield as the Sunshine/Holland Neighborhood (mostly single-familiar residences averaging 40-50 years of age) between Sunshine and Sunset Streets from Campbell Avenue to National Avenue.
B. ECONOMIC: The SASS area is approximately in the center of Springfield's Enterprise Zone, an area designated for potential usage in upgrading of blighted areas through business enterprises and developments that boost the area economy and stimulate economic growth. Directly west of the SASS area (on the east side of Campbell Avenue) is undeveloped property owned by John L.Morris/Bass Pro and its subsidiaries, and on the west side of Campbell Avenue is the for-profit Bass Pro campus and non-profit Wonders of Wildlife Museum (WOW), which function under a set of tax codes that are not relevant to this Report but are germane to the properties' legal definitions as both political and museum districts, as well as SASS members' concerns which include such questions as:
(1) Will eminent domain be used to acquire SASS property if Bass Pro
develops the east side of Campbell Avenue?
(2) Could unabated I/I conditions cause the deteriorating area to be declared "blighted" and, therefore, condemnable?
(3) If condemned, will those forced to sell be adequately compensated? These are questions every homeowner/member of the original Neighborhood Watch group asked in 1989, SASS members are asking in 2006, and--when more flooding and sewage-spills inundate us--will ask again. When economically viewed from the city's long-range-planning perspective, many SASS members have concluded, SASS's single-family-zoned neighborhood may not be worth saving? How long they must wait to find out, and how many more floods and sewage events they must endure before they have the answer, is another question shared in common in the SASS section of the Sunshine/Holland Neighborhood within the Fassnight Creek Basin of the Enterprise Zone in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.
C. LEGAL: In its compliance with a Consent Decree dated May 31, 1995 and filed in Greene County Circuit Court, the City of Springfield agreed to perform extensive rehabilitation of the city's sewers for the purpose of abating Infiltration/Inflow(I/I) conditions causing contamination of water. Therefore, in certain documents cited in this Report, the SASS area is identified as sub-sections of the Fassnight Creek Basin.
Q.-6. What distinguishes SASS from other neighborhood watch groups?
A.-6. The homes within a SASS, SASS East and SASS Northwest area are connected by common sewer lines that serve the individual area in issue.
Q.-7 Which sewer line serves SASS?
A.-7 In the SASS area covered by this Report, our sanitary sewer lines culminate in Manhole 13 at Washita Street and South Avenue, the manhole in the street in front of my house. When it overflows into the street, leaks into the ground, or backs up through the toilet or tub, mine is one of the first houses to be flooded and one of the last to dry out. It is now buckling and I expect the toilet to eventually fall through the floor. Having survived with life intact, after trying to interest the city in resolving our I/I problems for years, I believe one prime attribute qualifies me to submit this Report: Experience.
Q.-8 What is this Report about and what is it intended to achieve?
A.-8 The Report focuses on known water-related problems throughout Springfield,and recent repairs made in the original SASS area. It shows through official reports issued by the City of Springfield that recent stormwater abatement and sanitary sewer system improvements in the original SASS sector within Fassnight Creek Basin failed, and that pre-rehab studies done through water-flow monitoring were not even performed where the data were most needed, At the Washita Street-South Avenue juncture, my house-- buckling in upon itself--stands as testimony to this truth: our I/I problem was not abated; it was bypassed.