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Board OK’s storm sewer study at CCHS

November 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — In Monday night’s WCCS School Board meeting, board members listened to Tony Zickgraf’s explanation of plans to conduct a storm sewer study.
By hiring DLZ, Inc., out of South Bend, results are expected to be threefold: (1) measure outlets, inlets, manhole elevations, and hydraulic systems; (2) determine what capacity the system could handle in a 10-, 20-, 50-, or even 100-year “rain event;” and (3) provide up to three suggestions for improvement.
Cost of the study is quoted at $18,500. The fact of June’s flood recovery costing $466,000 was enough for some to agree to have the study conducted. Others on the board, however, objected to spending yet more money on a facility whose future is uncertain. Tim Bloom echoed the comments regarding the number of dollars spent on the high school but pointed out, they “have an obligation to the employees and students that they have a safe and functional environment” in which to work and learn.
Zickgraf further defended his recommendation to pursue the study’s findings because, “it could rain tomorrow.” The question was asked, where would we put a thousand students—tomorrow—for a month until the high school is fixed after a flood?
Lady Luck has spared Columbia City High School students during any rain events when the storm sewers backed up and flooded school property. However, the lady doesn’t smile fondly forever. The board agreed to hire DLZ, Inc., and conduct the study, hoping to learn the best solution for the safety and well-being of the staff and students.

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