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August 4, 2013

Board seeks to share reconstruction costs

Big Cicero Creek erosion in Tipton threatens businesses

TIPTON — Businesses located along the north bank of Big Cicero Creek in Tipton could be asked to pay a percentage of the reconstruction costs.

Jeff Fox, with Christopher Burke Engineering, said 1,000 feet of the north bank is eroding as a result of the flow of Big Cicero Creek and is threatening the parking lots that extend from the McDonald’s to Dan Young Chevrolet.

The businesses could be asked to pay between 25 and 50 percent of the total reconstruction costs, which have been estimated at between $400,000 and $575,000.

The Big Cicero Creek Joint Drainage Board, which includes Tipton, Hamilton and Clinton counties, voted to have the three county surveyors meet with the engineering firm and property owners to make a recommendation at the August meeting.

Last month Fox offered several possible remedies to the bank erosion and, on Wednesday, he recommended a vegetative retaining wall with the use of plastic sheeting to stabilize the bank with a backfill of sand and gravel.

He said the work could be performed in three phases and estimated the cost per phase at between $144,000 and $192,000.

Fox said the first phase would focus on the area with the most severe erosion and bank deterioration. It also would securing an overflow pipe to prevent future problems.

He said the work could be done from the north bank of Big Cicero Creek and include a guardrail along the properties to prevent motorists from driving into the creek.

When asked how long the repairs would last, Fox indicated it would be a long-term fix and said the work would stabilize the bank and encourage vegetation growth.

“This will reform the bank,” he said.

Tipton County Commissioner Mike Cline said phasing in the work would make it easier to pay for the entire project.

“This is a priority because of the businesses that could be impacted,” he said.

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