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Silver Lake takes next steps in storm water improvements

At its Tuesday, Feb. 20, meeting, the Silver Lake City Council took the next steps in addressing the city’s storm water issues, a topic that has been on the table the past couple of years.
The council approved a supplemental letter of agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., to begin to move the project forward.
The main area of focus will be the Frank and Center streets drainage area.
The agreement, which is not to exceed $16,582, will include a topographical survey of the area, preliminary design, feasibility report including projected costs and scope, review of the potential to link the project to another, and neighborhood meetings.
Engineer John Rodeberg of SEH said rough cost estimates range from $120,000 to $200,000 for the project. Rodeberg said the goal is to repair or replace pipes without tearing up a lot of the streets.
Mayor Bruce Bebo said the council needs to move forward or stop talking about the project. “We’ve been talking about it for years,” he said.
Once the feasibility study comes back with cost estimates, the council will decide if the project will be completed yet this year, or be done later.
For more from the City Council meeting, see the Feb. 28 print edition of The Chronicle.