The City plans to begin a project to straighten the waterway to help prevent debris from building up.

The waterway located between Dover and Cleveland Streets was the topic for discussion at the September 17 City Council meeting. There have been complaints from homeowners of crop debris blowing in the creek nearby from the Farmers Elevator. The waterway collects debris of corn and dust, causing an unpleasant odor for homeowners.  The outline of the creek is curved which causes the sediments to deposit, sit and rot.

PeopleServices Manager George Hausdorf was present to explain a possible way to help fix the waterway which runs along Dover and Cleveland Streets. Hausdorf shared, “The waterway has lots of turns. I suggest straightening the creek pathway by placing a tube to allow the water to wash out the sediments with a good grade. The project should not have to involve court or be approved by the Department of Natural Resources. I’m not sure about easements and landowners would have to agree to it.” This project was estimated to cost approximately $25,000 with city employees and PeopleServices completing the job. This would make the back yards of homeowners more usable. After much discussion, it was agreed Hausdorf and the Street Department Manager Kevin O’Bryan would begin working on this project. Hausdorf would also be drawing up a plan to explain the project to the homeowners involved.

Hausdorf also wanted to know who his point of contact would be now that Jackie had resigned. It was decided at that time, Chris Ellison would be the point of contact for PeopleServices, after several board members expressed they did not want to dump to much extra work on Ellison. Hausdorf gave an update on current projects PeopleServices has been working on, including raising meter pits, exercising valves, jetting manholes and repairing and replacing hydrants located at South Locust and West Border/West Summer.