City Manager Bill Keefer entered Tuesday’s meeting with U.S. Army?Corps of Engineers representatives with optimism about answers to questions raised in most every phase of Augusta’s levee enhancement project.

He brought the City Council up to date on the project issues during ?a Monday night workshop.

One piece of good news at the workshop was that the city has a willing seller for one house it needs to acquire for the levee improvement.

 


City Manager Bill Keefer entered Tuesday’s meeting with U.S. Army?Corps of Engineers representatives with optimism about answers to questions raised in most every phase of Augusta’s levee enhancement project.
He brought the City Council up to date on the project issues during ?a Monday night workshop.
One piece of good news at the workshop was that the city has a willing seller for one house it needs to acquire for the levee improvement.
Overall numbers discussed Monday indicated there were 32 tracts belonging to 14 property owners  involved in the real estate acquisition phase of the project.
In a 3-month-old letter, Williams Companies identified a south dirt borrow area for the project and it was reported the city is negotiating with a landowner north of U.S. 54 for a north dirt borrow site.
City Attorney David All commented on the Williams Companies borrow area transfer conditions pointing out it was not a letter of intent. He will respond in writing to the firm based in Tulsa, Okla.
Earth taken from these sites will be used to raise the dike on the west city limits and lengthen its western slope, according to Corps specifications, to reduce the threat of community flooding from the Whitewater River.
The latter part of the workshop dealt with a myriad of active and inactive pipelines, sewer and water lines which parallel and/or cross through the existing earthen dike.
Keefer reminded the Council members of federal reviews, assessments, and reports that could crop up before the levee project begins in 2010.