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Apr 03

April 3, 2015 Update

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 3:35 PM by Mitch Beaumont

  • A construction contract was awarded to Anderson Excavating Company and a pre-construction meeting was held with them on March 9, 2015. Construction was anticipated to start the week of March 30 but contract documents and completion of the final Cox and Century Link service relocations were several days later than expected.
  • A coordination meeting involving Anderson Excavating, City staff, the Papio-Missouri River NRD and their contractors was held on March 27 at the La Vista Soccer Complex. The Thompson Creek Levee improvement project being led by the Papio-Missouri River NRD will receive excess soil from the Thompson Creek project in order save both the City and the NRD money by coordinating the projects. This creates some timing challenges but is important in reducing costs.
  • The play structure in the park at 76th Avenue and Valley Road will be relocated to Triangle Park which is located just north of City Park.
  • The City approved an agreement with RDG Planning & Design to prepare a planting plan for trees and shrubs along the reconstructed channel. This work should be occurring in the next several months and an Open House is anticipated this summer with residents abutting the channel to review and discuss a planting plan. Funding is still needed before plantings can be done.
  • The Rain Barrel program is being offered again in 2015. The program is intended for the Thompson Creek watershed due to grant requirements; however, a small fund is being set aside for rain barrels outside the Thompson Creek watershed in other parts of the City. This is due to citizens in those areas expressing interest last year. Warm weather will come eventually, so pick up your application at City Hall or obtain it online at the City’s website.
  • The Nebraska Science Festival is scheduled for April 18 at the Durham Museum with presentations for kids of all ages. Thompson Creek will be included in the event.
  • The 2015 La Vista Bio Blitz will be held this October. We hope to be able to tour the completed channel rehabilitation project by that time.
  • More information on the Thompson Creek Watershed Restoration project can be found at