But that’s where these consulting engineers that the Department of Public Works hired want to put it, right in the middle of the playing fields at the Ryan Street School. Pretty much the whole infield. There were quite a few people scratching their heads when I showed the plans around out at the school department. It turns out they never shared their plans with the school system, and the Northampton DPW didn’t send the school property people a copy. Back in the winter of 2011 three people from their engineering firm, paid a flying visit to Northampton to look at four areas of the city where we have persistent flooding problems. Their data became part of the 2012 Stormwater Study, and the project in the Ryan Road/ Austin Circle was tentatively scheduled for 2020/2021. The pricetag for dealing with this local flooding? $5.7 million. Not chickenfeed. Read the full article by clicking here.