Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM 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. These companies have facilities located on the poles along the creek. Another meeting was held with OPPD, Century Link and Cox on February 19th. A final route was agreed upon with City staff. The utility companies are now preparing cost estimates for the necessary relocation work. 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. The City is also amending the grant agreements to reflect the updated project schedule.
• 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 organizing the first annual La Vista BioBlitz scheduled for May 16 and 17, 2014. We expect this to be a very interesting event for all ages.
• Four informational brochures have been prepared and can be found at www.cityoflavista.org/thompsoncreek and in the lobby at City Hall or at the La Vista Library. The Rain Barrel Program is still underway. 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. Several rain gardens will be constructed around City Hall and will be done by City Public Works personnel during this summer. There will also be a street inlet filter constructed on Park View Blvd. near the 73rd Avenue intersection and bio-retention basins are planned for the 84th Street right-of-way.