Malta Bend still waiting for ditches to be cleared

Thursday, March 4, 2004

A year after Malta Bend City Council awarded a bid to have manholes in the small town repaired and ditches cleaned, the city is still waiting for the work to be completed.

City Attorney Jay Barton attended the city's September 2003 meeting to look over the contract with Severn Trent Pipeline Services Inc. of Hazelwood.

At the time, City Clerk Joana Moore said Severn Trent had lost the contract and it took the company a month to find it.

At the city's March meeting Tuesday, in answer to a query by Ward 1 Councilman Jerry Seckington, Mayor Harrell Boedeker said most of the manholes have been repaired, but the ditches have yet to be cleaned. He said he had "no idea" when the work would be completed.

Seckington said the drainage ditch at the corner of Lynn and Kentucky streets still needs brush removed from it. He also said straightening the ditch and removing chunks of concrete would probably prevent the area from flooding during heavy rains. He mentioned past rains have left area residents with standing water on their yards and in their houses.Mark 3/4/04 would it be better to say basements? homes.

Ward 2 Councilman Joe Samson suggested using excess Community Development Block Grant funds to help pay for aligning the ditch with the culvert, but no action on the issue was taken.

Only one motion was passed during the meeting, in which the council agreed to purchase a dog cage from Orschlen Farm & Home Supply in Marshall. The cage is on sale for $65 or $70. Samson said the pen can hold four or five dogs if the dogs get along.

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