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Drainage feasibilty study authorized

Friday, June 17, 2005

Mississippi County news

CHARLESTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authorized $50,000 for a feasibility study on flood control in Charleston.

During their regular meeting Thursday, Mississippi County commissioners reviewed a letter sent to the Corps' district engineer from Dave Brewer, Charleston's city manager, and Jim Blumenberg, presiding county commissioner, requesting and authorizing the Corps to "make all investigations and reports which may be required to determine the feasibility and economic justification of a project to alleviate flooding in the vicinity of South Main to the interstate and from the Brown Shoe Building (East Marshall) to Ironbanks Road."

The proposed project on Ditch 14 would replace the open ditch with covered concrete culverts from South Main to Interstate 57, according to county officials.

The letter notes that such work is authorized by the amended 1948 Flood Control Act and is limited to a federal cost of $7 million. The city and county must show they are able to provide their local cost share and other assurances concerning project implementation, operation and maintenance before the construction on the project can begin.

In other business during Thursday's meeting:

* Commissioners renewed the county's E-911 surtax. The renewal period will begin Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2008.

"Every three years the 911 surtax has to be renewed," said County Clerk Junior DeLay.

While the 10-percent surtax on telephone service was originally approved by voters, "all it takes is a vote of the commission to renew it," DeLay said.

* The county has received a petition to close County Road 225.

DeLay said for the county to begin the process of vacating the road, "the petition has to be read at the first meeting of the next term." The next term begins July 1.

The county then must post notice at three public places in the township and a copy must be personally delivered to every landowner who has property touching or crossed by the road, which in this case is a single landowner.

The petition must then be read again at the first meeting of the following term which begins Oct. 1.

"Then you can proceed with the vacation," DeLay said.

* The county will solicit bids for mowing some county ditches.

Commissioner Martin Lucas estimated they need 11 miles mowed on the south end of Ditch 14 and its laterals; five miles on Ditch 3 from Highway 60 to the county line; one mile of thick growth on Ditch 23 from Ironbanks Road to Samos Road; and 2.5 miles on Ditch 25 east of the Setback Levee.

"We can list it as four (separate) items," Lucas said of the bid opportunity.

* Blumenberg said the county needs to hold another tire roundup as there are about 1,300 tires at the county shed.

"There's a slew of them," he said.

Blumenberg said there also is a problem with people dumping junk at the county shed's gate.

"You'd be surprised how many people in the county think it's a mini landfill there," DeLay said.