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Jan 31

January 31, 2014 Update

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM by Mitch Beaumont

  • The construction plans for the Thompson Creek stream bank stabilization work remain at the 90% complete stage.  Before the plans can be finalized we need to agree on utility relocation plans with OPPD, COX and Century Link that have facilities located on the poles along the creek.  Another meeting was held with OPPD on January 22nd.  The options are being narrowed down.  We expect to have another meeting with them in a couple of weeks including estimated costs.  There will also be relocations of Century Link and Cox facilities which are on the power poles as well.  We anticipate having an Open House type meeting for residents to be given information on the utility relocation plan.  All residents/property owners along the creek will be given notice of the event.  No date has been set as of now. 
  • The consultant team has been working on ways to reduce costs since the total project cost is currently in excess of the expected availability of funds.  Once the utility relocation costs have been identified then the necessary decisions can be made.
  • Due to the utility relocation studies and cost challenges, construction work on the channel stabilization project is not expected to occur before fall of 2014.
  • The City is continuing to work with the Papillion-La Vista School District and UNO on various public education and outreach activities.  UNO staff is currently working on details for the first annual La Vista BioBlitz scheduled for May 16 and 17, 2014. Four informational brochures have been prepared and can be found at  and in the lobby at City Hall or at the La Vista Library.   The Rain Barrel Program has been launched as well.  Applications from residents in the Thompson Creek Watershed are being taken through March 7, 2014.  The program provides for a 50% rebate up to a maximum o $60.00 towards acceptable rain barrels that are installed by September 5, 2014.   
  • The City’s consultant team is also working on plans for several demonstration projects.  These demonstration projects will provide examples of how to improve storm water quality and reduce volume of storm water runoff.  Construction of these projects is expected to occur in the summer of 2014.  Look for the next blog update to identify locations of where these projects will be installed.