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STORM WATER FIXES: City gives the go-ahead to final designs and considers funding options for construction

October 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Board of Works viewed a study on South Side Storm Water improvements Tuesday, giving GAI Consultants the go ahead to move forward with final design, as it considers funding options.
“Obviously, we have to do our homework,” said Board of Works member Walt Crowder. “We would need to prepare ourselves for financial options.”
The city asked GAI Consultants to prepare the study, back in 2011, with the purpose of observing the best way to separate combined sewers. The main reason for the separation study is due to the continual flooding issues on the corner of Walnut and Vine, a low point that collects storm runoff and is associated with flooding.
According to the study, the evaluation included a portion of the city bounded on the north by Van Buren Street, the south by the NSX Railroad, the east by Line Street and the west by Philips Ditch at the NSX Railroad.
According to the study, the three different options that were evaluated for sizing, constructability and costs.
“Then we’ll talk about construction when we receive the final plan,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
The lump sump fee will be billing progressively, and the board will have to consider either taking out a loan or a bond to pay for the project.
Board of Works member Dan Wiegold said this is not going to increase sewer rates and Superintendent Mike Cook, with the Columbia City Water Pollution Control, said he was in favor of any water separation project.

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