City Council approves stream bank stabilization project

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 9:37 p.m. CST; updated 8:28 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — A new $240,000 city project will help prevent sewer pipes from breaking and sewage flowing into Bear Creek. 

The City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night a resolution to stabilize the eroded Bear Creek stream bank to protect sewer pipes.

Action: Under resolution 249-10, the Bear Creek stream bank in five northwest Columbia locations will be stabilized to protect sewer pipes from land erosion. If the land continues to erode and the pipe system breaks, sewage could flow into Bear Creek. The project will cost $240,000, including $41,053 for design and $195,000 for construction.

Four of the stabilization sites are along Bear Creek between Blackfoot and Creasy Springs roads, north of Cosmo-Bethel Park. The fifth site is east of Range Line Street between Elleta and Big Bear boulevards. The total length of the stream bank to be stabilized is about 1,050 feet.

Vote: Approved 7-0.

Discussion: Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said storm water ordinances could help prevent land erosion in the future and help the city avoid having to do these projects.

“The storm water ordinance is an ounce of prevention with a pound of cure in terms of fixing things up,” Hoppe said.

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