At the meeting, Town Manager Cal Horton submitted his response to Federal Realty Investment Trust's Jan. 18 petition for assistance.
A July 27 storm left many stores in Eastgate Shopping Center, which is owned by Federal Realty, closed because of extensive flood damage.
Federal Realty, a Maryland-based firm, requested assistance from the Town Council in reconstructing Elliot Road and Fordham Boulevard bridges that consulting engineers said directed runoff towards the shopping center during the July storm.
But Horton said town investigations concluded that the bridge on Elliot Road did not contribute to the flooding and that the Fordham Boulevard bridge does not lie in the town's jurisdiction.
"If they have to rebuild the bridge on Fordham Boulevard, they need to ask for assistance from the state government," Horton said.
Everette Knight, an engineer hired by Federal Realty, also requested town assistance in redirecting runoff from a nearby 30-inch reinforced concrete pipe installed perpendicular to the natural flow of water. Knight said the drainage pipe, part of a system installed by the Staples Center, a neighboring complex, guides runoff directly onto Eastgate.
But George Small, director of engineering for Chapel Hill agreed with Horton that the town should not be involved and said Federal Realty should work with the Staple's property owner to improve the pipe network.
"If the town gets into this it will obligate them to mitigate all other disputes between private property owners," he said.
Small also said he recommended Federal Realty work to flood-proof the Eastgate Center.