City to get road, flood updates

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to receive an update on the Casement road and bridge project, and the new FEMA floodplain maps during their scheduled work session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the City Commission Room at City Hall.

The Casement Road issue involves a review of designs to widen that street and build a bridge over the Marlatt Avenue storm water drainage ditch that crosses it. The city has identified the current structure, a double eight-by-eight concrete box culvert, as a choke point for storm water runoff.

Commissioners will be asked to concur with the designs and allow the city to move forward with construction of the bridge and widening of the road.

The cost is projected at $2.95 million. It would be bonded for 10 years with debt service divided between the stormwater fund and the surface transportation program. Bids will be sought if commissioners agree with design plans. No formal vote is necessary.

City officials also will seek feedback from commissioners on the public outreach plan regarding the new floodplain maps. The new maps not only show current flood areas but also future ones. As a result, the city must inform home and business owners in the new areas of the changes.

The proposal is to use direct mailings, public open houses, website information, RSS feeds, computer kiosks, utility bills and local media to do so. 

Again, no action formal vote will be taken.

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