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Hartselle Enquirer

Flood mitigation work to get underway in April

Randy Garrison

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Part 1 of the City of Hartselle Flood mitigation project should get started in early April. Bids were opened Feb. 11 and Reidco General Contracting was the low responsible bidder. The city has received a hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $244,350. The city must put up a 25% match in the amount of $81,451 in cash or in kind services for a total of $325,800.

After engineering and design expenses, along with material purchases and Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) permits thus far, the city currently has $118,465 in remaining FEMA funds. The engineering costs were $90,000 alone.

The lowest responsible bid was $172,215, which leaves the city with a $53,750 balance that will need to be supplemented to fulfill the contract. The good news is the city anticipated this to be needed and included the amount in the 2015-2016 budget. The city is in good shape to provide a notice of award of the contract and the contracting parties should be signing the agreement in the near future. Department of Development Director Jeff Johnson has spoken with the president of Reidco and a start date of April 1 is anticipated.

The scope of the work includes cleaning silt and debris from 1,000 linear feet of concrete box culvert passing underneath downtown. This will begin adjacent to Chestnut and Railroad streets, next to Classic Seating. The culvert cleaning will continue south beneath the downtown buildings and Main St. to a point at the outfall location near the Farmer’s Market.

The project also includes cutting and installing five new 3” by 3” storm grate access points in the top of the box culvert for future access and cleaning. New grates will also be visible.

The contract will also provide work to be performed on the detention ponds behind the board of education office on the east side of the railroad tracks. This will include storm pipe installation and concrete flume work, seeding and sodding the pond perimeter and perimeter security fencing. The perimeters of the two ponds cover four acres. The ponds will detain 300 acres of drainage that previously would contribute to un-detained water flow into downtown Hartselle.

The city will be seeking a $300,000 FEMA grant, with a $100,000 city match to work on part 2 of the flood project also.

This scope of part 2 would include detention of water on the west side of the railroad tracks and will include needed property acquisition for location of other detention ponds. The west side detention pond will collect and detain over 400 acres of drainage that currently flows into the downtown area.

The purpose of the detention ponds is not to hold excess rainwater, but to detain and slow down the flow of the water, in order to give the drainage system time to handle large amounts of excess water during heavy rainfall in short periods of time.

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