Jeannette continues work on flood protection project
By Kristie Linden
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jeannette has submitted an application for about $500,000 in state grant funds to continue work on the city's flood control project.
Ed Antonacci, city engineer, told council Monday night that another $750,000 will be needed and he plans to apply for more grants to ease the financial burden on the city.
The flood control project, which began in 2001 with the first phase of work, has taken longer to get the second phase done than Antonacci expected. The project, which focuses on Brush Creek, involves work that has already been completed but needs to be maintained and work that has yet to begin.
Antonacci said some of the work to maintain the existing project has not been done and he fears the city will fail an upcoming inspection. There are three grades the city could earn — minimally acceptable, acceptable and not acceptable.
Antonacci told council that work needs to be done to clear weeds and brush from the creek banks in order to be minimally acceptable. He said that even if council made arrangements to outsource the work, showing there has been some effort to maintain the creek banks might keep the city from flunking the inspection.
Antonacci said the city is responsible for the upkeep of the project and if a flood similar to the event in 2009 were to happen again and the city hadn't adequately maintained the flood project, Jeannette would be responsible for the damage. In 2009, the project was properly maintained and the city was able to recoup some funds spent during the clean up.
Rich Ault, city foreman, said if council frees up some overtime funds his public works crew could do the work. Council also discussed getting quotes from area businesses to get the work done, but no decision was made Monday night.
“If we can show some effort, we can buy some time,” Antonacci said.
Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 724-838-5154.
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