IC City Council defers levee discussion

BY DI STAFF | JULY 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa City City Council decided to defer the decision to grant the Idyllwild/Taft Speedway levee contract during its Tuesday night meeting.

“The state has asked us to take a look at expanding to address the effects on the Parkview Terrace neighborhood in addition to the Taft Speedway,” said City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes.

The current proposal — to decide if raising streets anywhere between 4 and 15 feet would be beneficial — is set to review only the floodplain effect in the Taft Speedway area.

Parkview Terrace resident Mary Murphy wrote a letter to the city asking to include her neighborhood in the plan.

“I don’t think the oversight was intentional,” Murphy said. “But the city needs to step back and look at the impact on the entire community.”

A vote on the resolution would have authorized an agreement between the city and HDR Inc. to provide engineering consulting services for the Taft Speedway Flood Mitigation project, according to the City Council.

The consulting will cost the city approximately $84,500.

An amended agreement will be submitted for council review at the City Council meeting on Aug. 2.

— by Chastity Dillard

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