Almost a year after a $1.5 million drainage project was approved, the plan remains gridlocked as the town tries to obtain easements from property owners.

As of Sept. 5, the Department of Public Works has secured none of the necessary 10 easements, according to Darren Oustafine, the assistant director of public works.

The DPW continues to meet with property owners, and Oustafine said the meetings have been "favorable."

"We continue to meet with people who are hopefully going to grant the town easements," Oustafine said. "People who are not affected by drainage problems seem to be willing to grant easements for the benefit of the neighbors."

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In April, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said she did not favor using the power eminent domain to seize property for the project, referring to it as a "very heavy government hand." As it stands, she said she is not reconsidering her position on that tactic.

"I'm hopeful that we're going to secure what we need to secure," Stevenson said.

The 10 agreements needed for the plan are four permanent and six temporary easements.

A total of 7,600 square feet of residential property would be disturbed by the project.

The permanent easements would grant the town rights to a piece of private property for construction and to maintain the pipelines and property above them. The temporary easements grant the town rights to a portion of the property for the duration of the project work.

The permanent easements are needed on Rose Lane, Park Lane, Intervale Road and Devon Road, while four temporary easements are needed on Park Lane, one on Intervale Road and another on Devon Road.

The plan, which will widen pipes and install more catch basins and a 2-by-6-foot cement box culvert at 95 Rose Lane, is designed to alleviate drainage issues along several roads.

The wider pipes will allow runoff water to flow faster toward its outlet in the Noroton River. The drainage outlet will be behind Park Lane.

Construction of the project is expected to take approximately seven to nine months to complete.

The construction costs of the project are projected at $1.27 million, with an additional $300,000 for project oversight, fees and inspections.

The project -- which is an outgrowth of the 2010 Noroton Watershed Study -- is expected to improve the drainage, not mitigate flooding in the area.

The Intervale drainage project accounts for only 46 of the 7,065 acres that make up the entire Noroton River Watershed.; 203-3630-6583; @Meg_DarienNews