City looks for ways to pay for flood damage
Erosion at the arboretum.
A flooded elevator at Hedberg Public Library.
Electrical problems in Riverside Park.
Sink holes on Beloit Avenue and Pease Court.
The Janesville City Council earlier this week viewed a list of the damage caused by this summer's flood. Forty-nine projects are included.
Staff estimates that the local share to repair the damage is about $608,900. That is an estimate because FEMA has had turnover in staff and has not supplied the city with its reimbursement number, said Jack Messer, director of public works.
Still, the city must find the money for the repairs and also include an estimated borrowing cost in the 2009 budget. The borrowing will be adjusted in spring.
Messer asked the council to include another $92,000 to cover any unexpected costs. In addition, trees and landscaping costs are not covered by FEMA.
Messer estimates the city will receive $539,375 from the state and $3 million from the federal government. Combined with earlier reimbursements, that pushes the total to $4.24 million.
The administration proposes to find the money for the local share by borrowing $355,000 in 2009 to be repaid by the general fund and getting the rest from the storm water and wastewater funds and from the parkland acquisition fund. The parkland fund is being used to pay for the local share of money to buy the damaged homes that will be razed in the Mole & Sadler's subdivision near Riverside Park. That property will revert to parkland.
Councilman Tom McDonald said he is concerned about borrowing money to fix the flood damage. He was the only council member to vote against the appropriations.
Messer said staff doesn't believe the city has enough money on hand in the 2008 budget to cover the costs given the large snow removal bill from last winter.
The cost also would strain the 2009 operating budget, which must stay under a state cap, said Jay Winzenz, acting city manager.
Below is the list of 49 repair projects.
LIST OF PROBABLE 2008 FLOOD REPAIR PROJECTS
Afton Road washout south of Rockport Road
Monterey Bike Trail washout west of Washington Street
Signal repairs at Beloit Avenue and Delavan Drive intersection
Main and Centerway signal repairs
Beloit Avenue sinkhole repair by catch basin near Dawson Field
Palmer Drive sinkhole repair east of Beloit Avenue
Prospect Avenue street and storm sewer repair Main to Riverside by United Way
Pease Court sinkholes and storm sewer repair at intersection, Main to river wall
Main Street storm sewer repairs: 15 inches on Avon Street Main to River, 48 inches by City Ice Box Main to River, 30 foot by river outlet at 600 N. Main St., and 30 foot at end of Hyatt Street
St. Mary Court Street and storm sewer repair and cleaning
Arbor Ridge culvert
Main/Centerway storm relocation
Monterey outlet structure repair
Monterey stabilize cave
Monterey shoreline repair at inlet structure
Monterey revetment repairs
Shoreline repair at Racine Court (North side of Racine Street Bridge)
Hedberg Public Library repairs, elevator, carpet and shelving
Senior Center elevator repairs
South River Road lift station
Evonik Storm sewer repair
Repair of street and sink hole over storm sewer at intersection of Rockport and River Street extending to the outlet at the Rock River
Oakland Avenue storm sewer repairs
St. Lawrence Avenue storm sewer, clean and evaluate
Racine Street sanitary sewer collapse
Main Street storm sewer replacement by 14 N. Main St.
Rock River Parkway Bridge restoration
Afton Road boat launch repair
Repair approaches to Jackson Street bike trail, both ends
Kiwanis Pond pier repairs/ storm pipe repair
East River walkway, Centerway south to Milwaukee Street
Washout bike trail below Centerway Dam on West River Bank
River wall inspection and/or repair on west river wall from Racine Street north to Wall Street
Placement of fill soils
Culvert head wall repairs and north end, shore riprap, repair of Lagoon revetment
Repair/Replacement of stage and shoreline railroad ties by bleachers
Sidewalk wall and revetment along east side of lagoon
Wading pool repair/replacement
Placement of fill soils in low areas
Electrical repair at north end of park
Repairs to box culvert at south end of park
Repairs to flooded mound septic system
Repair/replacement of stage and shoreline ties by bleachers (unfunded portion)
Sidewalk wall and revetment along east side of lagoon (unfunded portion)
East river walkway, Centerway south to Milwaukee Street (unfunded portion)
Property acquisition and mitigation program
Last updated: 9:59 am Monday, December 17, 2012