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City optimistic about tackling stormwater issues

City officials are cautiously optimistic that a good chunk of the city’s most badly needed stormwater relief projects could be completed this year.
The Richmond Finance Committee met Monday night and went over a list of seven projects that City Administrator Rick Childers assigned a priority number, according to what he heard from city council members.
At the top of the list is a project approved last week, to make a repair to South Street between Thornton and College where heavy stormwaters run over the road and cause a lake to back up on the north side of the road.
Councilman Tom Williams said that project has the highest safety concerns for him.
“It’s a safety concern and I’m not talking about just kids playing in the creek,” he said.
Homeowner Jason Whitt came to the council last month with his safety concerns that children play near the creek when it floods. However, along with Williams, Councilmen Dave Powell and Jim Dunwoodie toured the area during a five-inch storm last month. All three said water was a foot deep over the road and that the road is not wide enough.
Second on the list is flooding problems on Sanderson Street where water comes up to residents’ houses.
Childers reported a set back on two projects that should have been completed by now.
Childers said engineers messed up plans for both the City Amphitheater and along Wilson Blvd. He said plans had to be sent back to engineers.
At the bottom of the list is the Lexington Street project near Wellington. That project was approved nearly a year ago, but early estimates grew as engineering was completed.
Childers put together a guide that gave rough estimates for how much each project would cost and roughly how long it will take.
With no issues with other projects or weather, Childers says it should take about 35 working days. Total cost for supplies is $99,500.
Currently the city has about $132,000 in the stormwater fund, however some engineering costs and supplies have not yet been deducted.
Childers said the city receives about $8,400 a month for the fund on average.
The city Public Works Committee will meet tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. to discuss plans for the South Waste Water Plant.

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