Rogers to restore eroded creek areas

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing Writer

 

The Rogers City Council agreed to move forward with a project to restore areas of Fox Creek severely affected by erosion.

The city has received complaints of erosion in multiple areas along the three-mile creek. A section between Edison Court and Fawn Trail has seen such severe erosion that trees are being undermined and falling into the creek.

In addition, the erosion has produced water quality issues in the creek and in the Crow River, where it drains. The city anticipates that in the future it will be required to meet waste load reduction requirements as a part of the Crow River total maximum daily load study and the erosion’s effects would make that difficult.

The segments with the most significant erosion have been identified and their repair is estimated to cost $61,175. The city has obtained a grant through Hennepin County from the Natural Resource Incentives for Critical Habitat Grant, though the amount of money they’ll receive is currently undetermined. The rest of the funds will come from the storm sewer operations fund.

The city hopes to begin the project June 24 and have it completed by Aug. 1.

In other matters, the council discussed demolition of a commercial building as a part of the downtown redevelopment process. In 2012, the city acquired the property at 12812 Main Street as a blighted property. Built in 1930, the building formerly housed an auto parts and supplies store, among other businesses over the years.

The council also discussed their recent trip to Washington, D.C. Mayor Jay Bunting, city administrator Steve Stahmer, city engineer Bret Weiss, and the council except for Don Hall took part in the busy endeavor intended to discuss Rogers’ transportation needs with the lawmakers who can help fund them.

The group met with nine legislators, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken’s staff, and the staff of Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, who is the Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

They agreed that they received a lot of positive feedback, including reinforcement of their belief that in order to advocate for local transportation needs it’s important to make your presence known and build relationships with legislators.

The projects the group advocated for included the Fletcher/downtown bypass, an I-94 lane expansion, and a pedestrian overpass on I-94.

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