Council approves fee proposal for Austin Street project

The City of Borger is doing its part to stop the flooding problem in the Austin Street area of town.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the council approved action on a fee proposal from Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper for the study and design of an Austin Street drainage project.Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, said there have been flooding issues in the past at Austin and Fifth Streets.“We are thankful for the rain, but it does create problems sometimes,” he said.In the early morning hours of April 30, 2012, a heavy rain event, which was preceded by a significant amount of hail up to 3/8” in size, caused significant backup in the existing drainage infrastructure.“The hail in combination with other debris caused the drain on Austin between Fifth and Bowie to become clogged, resulting in several houses in the area flooding,” Edwards said.He said Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper will do a study and design a project to improve the drainage out of that area. He said he is not sure it will ever be fixed, but hopes the problem can be significantly improved.Since the fee proposal was not a budgeted item, Edwards said it needed council approval to move forward. The cost to study and design a project would be approximately $38,000. “While the design of the project would be an un-budgeted expense, there is sufficient funding in contingency line items of the current budget to cover the engineering cost,” he said. “During the upcoming budget process, staff would obviously include funding for the project and any remaining engineering costs once a realistic estimate of the total cost of the project can be calculated.”He said there are residents in that area of town who have experienced constant flooding, and they need the relief this project would bring.