Posted on April 9, 2014 at 8:37 AM by Mitch Beaumont
• Activities have taken place on the Thompson Creek Project in several areas in the last month. These have included utility relocations plans, updating grant agreements and reports, designing demonstration projects for storm water management, and public education and outreach efforts.
• Utility relocation plans and cost estimates have been completed by OPPD, COX and Century Link. These companies have facilities located on the poles along the creek. An Open House event has been scheduled for April 15, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at La Vista City Hall in the lobby outside the Council Chambers. Notice of the meeting was sent to residents and property owners for lots that abut the channel restoration area from the pedestrian bridge in Central Park to 72nd Street. Information on relocation of the utility lines in backyards as well as the anticipated project schedule will be available. While the focus will be on residents abutting the project area, anyone interested in the Thompson Creek project is welcome to attend. A short presentation will also be made to the City Council near the beginning of the City Council meeting that starts at 7:00 pm that evening.
• Now that utility relocation costs are known and a total project cost has been updated it has been necessary to reduce the scope of the initial channel reconstruction project to match the available funds. A portion of the project in Central Park west of Edgewood Boulevard will have to be deferred until additional funding is found at a future date. This section was chosen since it has less significant degradation than areas east of Edgewood Boulevard. Some stabilization work near the pedestrian bridge remains in the project.
• Construction work on the channel stabilization project is still expected to begin in the fall of 2014 and last into the summer of 2015.
• 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 in Central Park. We expect this to be a very interesting event for all ages and details of activities will be announced in the near future.
• The Rain Barrel Program has been extended in order to meet this year’s goal of signing up 40 rain barrels in the Thompson Creek Watershed this year. The deadline has been extended through May 17 and there will be a display of rain barrels and applications taken at the BioBlitz event.is still underway. The program provides for a 50% rebate up to a maximum of $60.00 towards acceptable rain barrels that are installed by September 5, 2014.
• The City’s consultant team has prepared plans for a street inlet filter, rain gardens around City Hall and a bio-retention basin for the City Hall parking lot. These projects are expected to be constructed during summer and fall of this year. The City has also coordinated with the School District to include a rain bio-retention basin in the La Vista Junior High expansion project.
• More information on the Thompson Creek Watershed Restoration project can be found at www.cityoflavista.org/thompsoncreek