May 5, 2015 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have submitted the tentatively selected plan to the Maumee Conservancy District. The plan includes: the modification to the I-9 bridge approach, construction of a diversion channel and nonstructural alternatives which include the buyout of flood prone properties. The State of Ohio, at the request of Representative Lynn Wachtmann and Senator Cliff Hite granted $8,000,000 toward this project with the funds distributed through the Ohio EMA. The Conservancy District has submitted to OEMA a request for the remainder of the funds to be encumbered prior to the June 30, 2015 deadline.
Bockrath Engineering has been contracted to design the bridge approach and AECOM has been contracted to design the diversion channel. The bridge approach will be ready to go to bid when the hydraulic model is completed. Once the project goes out to bid, the construction timeline is 60-90 days. The diversion channel is still being evaluated. The Basis of Design Report is almost complete and the cost benefit analysis will show if the diversion channel will continue to move forward.
The Conservancy District has requested the Village of Ottawa enter into a Memorandum of Understanding which stipulates the Village will accept ownership of the diversion channel property as well as the operation and maintenance of the channel after construction. This request is to eliminate the Conservancy District’s need to assess property owners for the operations and maintenance costs. Construction cost cannot be used for maintenance. The annual maintenance cost is minimal and will consist of mowing and spraying to keep the channel free of debris. The Village has signed the agreement feeling the cost of maintenance will be only a fraction of the savings the Village will realize due to the damage caused by flooding events to its infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, pump stations, storm sewers and paved roads.