Residents frustrated with lack of drainage upkeep

OCEAN PINES, Md. – It’s an issue that’s been plaguing Ocean Pines residents for years, and now the association says it has a plan to deal with that problem. That problem lies in the community’s drainage system.

General Manager John Bailey told 47ABC Wednesday that drainage has been an issue “for a long, long time.” He adds in the proposed budget, the Pines expect to allocate an additional $798,000 in fiscal year 2019 to drainage on top of the $117,000 they had in 2018.

That extra funding will go toward added labor for preventative maintenance, materials and extra projects to alleviate flooding in certain areas.

On a local Facebook group, multiple residents complained of poor maintenance, or lack of response from Public Works.

One of those residents was Jessica Shahady, who has lived on Nottingham Road for two years. She says a ditch on Ocean Pines territory has been a constant problem, and no one has come out to maintain it, despite multiple calls to Public Works.

“We especially notice it during the summer because mosquitoes.”

Shahady says she feels if the Association had spent its money on higher priorities, like drainage, they wouldn’t be in the situation they are today.

“It’s very disheartening, when you think about these are actual problems to the structures and the integrity of the land,” said Shahady.

When asked if the association had done enough in the past, Mr. Bailey said it could’ve been more reactive, but they couldn’t solve all the problems.

“We haven’t put forth the effort or the money to maintain that, the maintenance on that.”

Some residents say all the responsibility shouldn’t fall on Ocean Pines. Bailey agreed that residents share in that responsibility.

“Everybody’s got to help with that. Because it would be astronomical the amount of money we would have to spend in order to get it all back to square one.”

Bailey pointed to the 300 miles of ditches that Ocean Pines must contend with. He also admitted, unfortunately, that certain areas of the community lie in areas, such as wetlands, that the association, county, or state have no solution for.

But the association and residents are hoping the additional funding will help residents see less flooding in the future.

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