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Oct 30

October 30, 2015 Update

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM by Mitch Beaumont

• Weather conditions improved in October, but unfortunately the contractor has not taken advantage of the improved conditions. A revised schedule was agreed upon with the contractor recognizing 25 days of rain delay beyond normal conditions. Several completion dates for various stages of the project have been set. The revised completion dates have not been met and the terms of the contract for delay are being implemented. It is too late in the year to plant the native grasses and those are to be planted by May 1 of 2016. Temporary cover of winter wheat was planted on much of the disturbed area on October 21.

• The Contractor recently started work on the storm sewer at 76th and Park View Boulevard. This work will involve parking restrictions for several homes at that location. The contractor is unable to provide a schedule as to when he will have a retaining wall sub-contractor working on the walls just east of 73rd Avenue on the south side of the creek and behind the homes on Park View Boulevard east of Edgewood Boulevard, but those should be getting underway soon.

• The Thompson Creek Levee improvement project, being led by the Papio-Missouri River NRD, has received the majority of the excess soil from the Thompson Creek project in order save both the City and the NRD money by coordinating the projects.

• The rough grading of the channel between 72nd Street and 73rd Avenue is substantially complete, but there is some grading to do at a proposed soil wall location near 73rd Avenue on the south side. Remaining work in this section includes placement of stone armoring and grade control structures in the lower portions of the creek, fence work and seeding.

• Rough grading in the section west of 73rd Avenue is generally complete from Champion Park to the east. The area from Champion Park to the west involves several locations of storm sewer work and a large amount of soil wall installation before grading can be completed.

• Excerpts from the planting plan that was presented at on Open House on July 16 were mailed to 41 property owners abutting Thompson Creek along with a survey form to gain their input on the planting plan. To date 15 responses have been received with 4 of those owners wanting changes to the plan. In the next few months, contact will be made with those wanting changes to discuss options to the plant selections. The City is considering a Commemorative Tree Program based on a citizen’s recommendation.

• The 2015 La Vista Bio Blitz was held on October 3 at Central Park from 10 am to 3 pm with beautiful weather that day. There were 25 exhibitors at the event. The City is considering a joint agreement with the City of Papillion for storm water public education and outreach next year and the bio blitz event may be at a different location before returning to Thompson Creek in future years.

• Here are a couple of recent construction photos:
103015 Edgewood looking east.jpg  72nd St 103015looking west.jpg
73rd Ave 103015looking west.jpg

• More information on the Thompson Creek Watershed Restoration project can be found at