The Lake County Commission got its chance to take a look at the cost estimates from Banner Engineering of Brookings for updating a flooding and drainage study for the county during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Madison City Engineer Chad Comes and County Emergency Management Director Don Thomson met with commissioners Tuesday to give them some background and information on the options presented in Banner’s preliminary scoping document. Comes said that it is a way for both the city and county commissioners to get an idea of what the study itself could cost to update.
The original drainage study was done after the flood of 1993 and was completed in 1995. Depending on the options both commissions would choose to include in the study, the cost estimates range from 15-up to 75-thousand dollars.
A subcommittee of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (or LEPC) has been appointed to work as a flooding task force. Thomson said the group will hold its first meeting next week.
Commissioner Chris Giles suggested that the group take a look at the options available for updating the study and bring its recommendation back to the two commissions.
Thomson told commissioners that he is meeting with some state officials next week as well to look at the possibility of some additional funding for the project.
Commission Chair Scott Pedersen said ultimately what is done will come down to what money is available.
The flooding subcommittee of the L-E-P-C is meeting for the first time next Thursday.