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Volunteers work with Vale city crews on water drainage project

From left: City workers Chad Cooper and Eric Goodell and volunteer Ed Hamilton lay out the new drainage system behind the library on Sept. 11. (The Enterprise/Aidan McGloin)

VALE—The dirt parking lot behind Vale City Library has a new drainage system, a joint project between the city and construction worker and landlord Ed Hamilton.

During the rainy season water stands as deep as four inches in the lot, used by customers at the hair salon Nails by Jenn, Hair by Them.

Elderly women have to wear boots to get their nails done when that happens, and water has seeped into the salon, Hamilton’s basement, and the library, said Jenn Hall, salon owner.

Hamilton is creating a drainage system to capture rain from the roof’s drainage spouts and channel it into the . . .