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    ‘My yard has moved’: Landslides are a big, expensive headache for homeowners. – The Cincinnati Enquirer - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Long ago, much of Greater Cincinnati was covered in glaciers. When they receded, they left us with soil that is susceptible to landslides. Michael Nyerges, Cincinnati Enquirer

    What we reported:In March and April, The Enquirer reported on several homeownersfacing landslides on their private property.

    In one case, about 40properties in Bellevue were caught up in a landslide threatening their yards and homes. Those homeowners had secured a federal grant to help fix the problem, but the multi-million-dollar project had stalled for years.

    In North Avondale, a different landslide was threatening four houses. The damage was irreversible at one of the homes, which was evacuated, condemned and quickly demolished. The remaining homeowners were scrambling to come up with the $300,000 needed to build a new retaining wall.

    Tom Gerrein stands in his Bellevue, Kentucky, backyard in February 2019. The yard used to be flat, Gerrein said, until a landslide started creeping closer and closer to his house.(Photo: The Enquirer/Meg Vogel)

    Tom Gerrein first noticed the slide in his Bellevue backyard in 2010.He and his wife spent nearly $11,000 out-of-pocket for two studies that helped secure a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, but for years, the project sat idle.

    Now, it looks like work will finally start this spring.

    Weve had those hopes before, but we do have solid people in charge," Gerrein said. "It looks like if we keep plugging, hopefully we'll be a go."

    It is a complicated project, though.

    First, it had to be cut in half. There are about 40 homes involved, but this first phase of the project will only address 23.

    Phase one will cost roughly $2.3 million, with FEMA picking up 87% of the tab and homeowners responsible for the remaining 13%.

    That means each of the 23 homeowners will have to agree to pay nearly $13,000. It's a house-by-house decision, so if one property owner in the middle doesnt want to participate, for example, that could derail the whole project.

    Its a good chunk of money, but relative to the value of your house, its well worth it, Gerrein said. Youre only paying 13% of what it costs if you would do it yourself.

    The plan is to build two retaining walls now, covering the 23 homes, and to wait on the other two walls until more funding can be secured.

    The second phase of the project is estimated to cost roughly $4 million.

    Splitting the work wasn't ideal, but theFEMA grant just wasnt big enough to cover everything at once, said Bellevue City Administrator Frank Warnock.

    Warnock worries about what might happen in the interim especially if its a particularly wet winter or spring but this was the only way to get going now with the money available, he said.

    Its a problem for Northern Kentucky, Warnock said of landslide damage. Its all over Theres not a month that goes by that I dont receive a phone call: My yard has moved.

    A buckling garage was the first sign of a landslide in North Avondale. The house in this photo ended up being evacuated, condemned and demolished.(Photo: Phil Didion)

    In North Avondale, Richard McKenzie and Timothy Lane feel stuck.

    Their neighbor's house was demolished, and the same landslide that wrecked her home is threatening theirs. Still, despite months of fundraising, hunting for grants and petitioning Cincinnati City Council for help, McKenzie and Lane don't have the roughly $330,000 they need to stabilize the hill.

    McKenzies driveway has buckled as the landslide moves underneath his property, he said.

    And Lanes backyard gets smaller and smaller every day as the hill creeps closer.

    I think were a little bit starving for some empathy, McKenzie said. Its easy to say, Oh, gosh, that sucks. Glad were not you, and move on. We just want some empathy. And if that empathy leads to some solutions that dont put us in the poorhouse, thats a good thing.

    Landslides are generally not covered by insurance, which means homeowners are on the hook. McKenzie and Lane have asked city council for help, but some council members are worried about setting up a precedent if the city steps in to help one group of homeowners, what about everyone else whose home needs a costly repair?

    McKenzie and Lanefeel they've done all they can on their own. And they're worried about what might happen if another winter and spring passwithout a solution.

    "It's time for someone else who has the power to do something greater to step in and help us," Lane said. "There's just times when people need help."

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    Voters to Decide Fate of West Tisbury Dump – The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News - December 14, 2019 by admin

    West Tisbury voters will be asked next year whether they want to spend a significant sum on the towns local dropoff for garbage and recycling, or close the facility after upgrades are completed at the regional refuse district in Edgartown.

    Board of health member Erik Lowe made the suggestion to close the dropoff, telling selectmen at their Wednesday meeting that it needs $110,000 in repairs to a retaining wall and faces other costly work to meet state environmental standards.

    Weve invested, as a member of the refuse district, in a facility that can handle, more effectively, the peoples trash, Mr. Lowe told the board. Why keep the local dropoff operating when its just another thing well have to maintain in the future?

    Town health agent Omar Johnson added that an injury was reported at the dropoff this summer.

    An individual stepped into one of the gaps between the wall and a trash receptacle, Mr. Johnson said.

    Selectmen gave tepid responses to Mr. Lowes proposal.

    The biggest questions probably going to be, whats going to happen to the Dumptique? asked board chairman Skipper Manter, referring to the popular free shop located at the dropoff and run by volunteers.

    I think that the town should move the gate back beyond the Dumptique and give them some kind of lease and let them operate, Mr. Lowe responded.

    Selectmen Kent Healy and Cynthia Mitchell, both cool to the idea of shuttering the dropoff, backed Mr. Manters suggestion to let voters choose the future of their local facility.

    People have an attachment to it, Mrs. Mitchell said.

    Town administrator Jen Rand said she would work with the board of health to craft a warrant item that would present a clear choice to voters by specifying the dollar amount of capital needed to make the local dropoff safe and compliant with environmental rules.

    Were either going to invest in this, or were not going to invest in it, but if were keeping it were going to invest in it, Ms. Rand said. Were not going to part-do this fix.

    Mr. Lowe agreed. Lets bring it to the town and see what peoples consensus is, he said.

    Also Wednesday, selectmen approved a weekly indoor produce market at Howes House in January and February, run by Island Grown Initiative as an extension of its seasonal outdoor mobile market.

    A lot of our elder customers have said they would like to be inside, said Olivia Rabbitt of Island Grown.

    The senior centers central West Tisbury location, adjacent to the library, makes it a convenient stop for up-Island residents, who also can sign up there for food assistance, Ms. Rabbitt said.

    Mr. Manter asked if there would be traffic problems caused by the weekly market. Island Growns Sophie Abrams Mazza said the mobile market, which sells produce and eggs from Island farms at below-retail prices, generally attracts 15 to 26 people an hour.

    Well have to monitor it, Mr. Manter said.

    The produce market will set up in the Howes House community room Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in January and February.

    Ms. Mazza Abrams said the market, which travels around the Island several days a week, will resume in July and run through February, 2021.

    As selectmen began their annual budget review process, emergency manager Russ Hartenstine asked for and received permission to increase the budget for his part-time department from $18,207 in fiscal year 2020 to $26,000.

    Im doing more than my stipend allots, said Mr. Hartenstine, who gave a series of talks on emergency preparedness earlier this year.

    He said he is being asked to join town committees, write grants, start a community emergency training program and train with the police department as an emergency public information officer.

    Its basically what the town wants me to do, Mr. Hartenstine said. Id really like to put more time into the job to do what the town needs.

    Mr. Johnson added that he needs Mr. Hartenstines assistance as well to make sure the town health department is ready for emergencies.

    Selectmen backed the request, which must also pass muster with the towns financial committee.

    Emergencies are going to be more ever-present, Mrs. Mitchell said. Public awareness is high at the moment, and I think youd get a lot of support for the increase.

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    Overload: Upstream development eroding properties to the south – Northside Sun - December 14, 2019 by admin

    When Ken Adcock built his Carolwood Drive home two decades ago, White Oak Creek was a meandering stream, lined with trees and a sloping creek.

    Today, because of development upstream, the creeks formerly slow waters have increased such that they are eating away at the shoreline, damaging backyards and flooding homes.

    Adcock and neighbors say the problem stems from development upstream.

    He particularly blames development in west Ridgeland. All of the properties on the west side of Highland Colony Parkway drain into the creek. Theyve overloaded the creek, he said. There was little or no consideration on what that would do to downstream property owners.

    White Oak Creek stretches from Bridgewater Boulevard in Ridgeland to Hanging Moss Creek in Jackson. Along that journey, it cuts through both business and residential areas, including neighborhoods along Briarfield Road, River Thames Road and Carolwood Drive.

    Its drainage basin includes the Bridgewater and Dinsmor subdivisions, The Junction shopping center at I-55 North and County Line Road and a developed stretch of property along I-55 North that is home to numerous hotels and car dealerships.

    As development has increased upstream, so too has the amount of water flowing downstream. That increased flow has eroded the shoreline and felled numerous trees.

    Residents along Carolwood and River Thames have reported the water eroding away portions of their backyards.

    To stave off some of the effects of erosion, Adcock built a makeshift retaining wall behind his fence using rebar and Quickrete.

    The erosion was causing caves to form underneath my fence. I had to do something, he said.

    Farther north, those same waters have caused what appears to be a minor landslide next to an access road behind Select Specialty Hospital. On a recent visit, the area was roped off with yellow caution tape.

    During heavy storms, like the one that occurred in late October, the creek overflowed its banks, flooding yards.

    Any time you have two days of rain, its like white water rapids, Adcock said. It should be called White Oak River.

    Development in the drainage basin has skyrocketed as the population has moved north.

    Since 1990, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has granted 25 construction permits for the White Oak drainage basin.

    MDEQ regulates the development of construction in drainage basins through the states stormwater permitting program, according to agency spokesman Robbie Wilbur.

    The permitting process is designed to lessen the impact of these developments on receiving waters,he said.

    Of those, eight were stormwater runoff permits for the Bridgewater neighborhood. It was not known how developers were to mitigate stormwaters under terms of the permits.

    Wilbur said all permits require developers to implement best management practices to minimize off-site impacts to receiving waters.

    Construction on Bridgewater began in the 1990s. Today, the subdivision has more than 500 luxury homes, according to previous Sun reports.

    White Oak also runs to the west and the south of Dinsmor, a community of 485 homes in 10 subdivisions, according to its website.

    Like Bridgewater, construction in that neighborhood also began in the 1990s.

    In Jackson, the creek was re-routed in the 1990s to make way for the Junction, a 43-acre shopping center at the corner of I-55 and East County Line.

    White Oak ran through what is now the parking lot of the Target department store, Ward One Councilman Ashby Foote said.

    All three of the developments were started prior to the passage of stormwater ordinances in Jackson and Ridgeland.

    Additional plats have been approved for the Bridgewater neighborhood following the passage of Ridgelands ordinance in 2009. All plats approved since the ordinances passage have been in compliance with it, according to Ridgeland officials.

    Jackson passed its stormwater ordinance in 2000.

    Development causes stormwater runoff to increase, largely because it means replacing natural surfaces, such as fields, with impervious surfaces, such as parking lots and rooftops.

    Normally, much of the stormwater would soak into the ground, reducing the amount that enters creeks, streams and drainage ditches.

    However, with fewer natural surfaces, that water enters nearby creeks.

    As of 2011, 51.6 percent of the White Oak Drainage basin had been developed, with 14.44 percent of that land having impervious surfaces, according to data from the United States Geological Survey.

    That development has meant higher and faster waters downstream, increased erosion and more instances of flooding.

    In April and May, the creek rose to nearly 14 feet, about nine feet higher than its normal levels. And in October and November, the creek rose to 10 feet and 12 feet.

    Earlier data on creek flow was not available, according to Michael Runner, a supervisory hydrologist with USGS.

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    River Authority Shows Progress on Construction of San Pedro Creek Culture Park – Rivard Report - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Standing on dirt and loose rocks along West Houston Street, Kerry Averyt explained that the San Antonio River Authority has tried to be a good neighbor during construction of San Pedro Creek Culture Park.

    Construction of the linear park has required many road closures downtown, impacting area businesses. The river authority keeps an updated webpage of road closures on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park site.

    We affect businesses along Houston Street and theres no question, theres some impact there, said Averyt, the river authoritys senior engineer. But we keep working and coordinating with all of our stakeholders up and down the creek to minimize it as much as possible.

    Averyt led a tour Thursday of a segment of San Pedro Creek Culture Park stretching from Houston to Nueva streets. Phase 1s second segment is targeted for completion in November 2021. The price tag for Phases 1 and 2 of four planned phases is $260 million, Averyt said.

    Historic preservation and respect for archeological exploration have influenced construction in a segment of the project that includes two historical landmarks: the 1949 Alameda Theater and the 18th-century Spanish Governors Palace. Construction has had to adapt to the occasional archeological dig, Project Manager Ryan Silbernagel said; there have been three digs in Calder Alley and one by the Spanish Governors Palace.

    But the digs dont delay construction, as archeologists are able to set up alongside construction, Silbernagel said.

    There havent been any major significant finds, Silbernagel said. Mostly a lot of pottery shards.

    Some of the more interesting cultural artifacts will eventually be displayed as part of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, Averyt said.

    Designers and engineers have also maintained many historic elements throughout the project. Averyt pointed to a fire escape on the side of the Alameda Theater that they decided to keep through its renovation.

    Originally we wanted to take that fire escape down, but this is a historic building, a historic structure, he said. It was a lot less complicated to leave that in place if we could.

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    The original fire escape is preserved on the side of the Alameda Theater next to the future entertainment plaza.

    The Historic and Design Review Commission approved the final renovation design for the theater in October; work is expected to begin early next year.

    About 30 percent of a retaining wall in Calder Alley was salvaged to use in the creek project too, Silbernagel added.

    This segment of the linear park will include two permanent art installations. In November, Bexar County commissioners selected Brooklyn artist Adam Franks design for an interactive light installation at a water wall along one of the paseos. A microphone picks up close-range sound, and people can manipulate the light reaction with what kind of noises they make. And further down the creek, the river authority is looking for artists to paint a five-panel mural, public art curator Carrie Brown said.

    We are just now starting the selection process but were working closely with Bexar County to frame what the mural content will be, Brown said.

    The segment also will have an entertainment plaza by the Alameda Theater that can be utilized in many different ways, Brown said. Designers had considered building an amphitheater, but that would not have been as useful, she added.

    When you have an amphitheater, its an amphitheater, and thats how you have to use it, Brown said. Now that we have a plaza, its much more flexible. We didnt want to build something that wouldnt be functional for people who would use it.

    Funding sources for Phases 3 and 4 of the San Pedro Creek project are still being identified by the river authority. Those phases are being planned and would extend the linear park to South Alamo Street. Bexar County has paid for the bulk of the project, while the 2017 municipal bond allocated $19.5 million to the linear park. The county also expects to receive some federal dollars from the Mission Reach projects federal reimbursement.

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    Opinion from the Editors: Thursday, November 12 – Brooklyn Reporter - December 14, 2019 by admin

    LAUREL to Councilmember MARK TREYGER for securing $850,000 in city funds to fight gun violence in Brooklyns Coney Island neighborhood. The money, which came from the City Council discretionary budget, as well as a $300,000 grant from the city and $250,000 from the state. The funds are earmarked for expanding the mayors anti-gun violence Crisis Management System throughout Coney Island and funding the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative and other local organizations. The neighborhood has seen an uptick in shootings, making it an outlier in Brooklyn South, where shootings are down 23 percent this year. Coney Island, historically, has been very much an under-resourced community, Treyger told Brooklyn Eagle. Were working to make sure Coney Island is never under-resourced again.

    DART to the DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS, which, a month after an outcry from homeowners who were hit with violations from the department due to deteriorating retaining walls adjoining their properties, has yet to rescind the notices. The department promised to void the violations, but that still hasnt happened, according to Assemblymember William Colton. A spokesperson for the DOB has said the notices will be rescinded once the New York City Transit Authority confirms they will take responsibility for the retaining walls at each of the properties. In the meantime, homeowners with violations could have trouble selling their properties or obtaining loans through no fault of their own.

    DART to the DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, which has said it will take two years to implement a plan to address the traffic nightmare unfolding every day outside of the $1.9 billion Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. Drivers at Clinton and Grand get backed up for blocks as they wait for pedestrians to cross, creating a cacophony of horns that residents say lasts long into the night. The DOT plans to open a second lane for traffic on Norfolk, and to ban right turns at the busy intersection, but says those changes will take at least two years to implement. The whole thing sucks, resident Leah Strock told Gothamist. I would invite you to come over and sleep at my apartment. The only time its ever quiet is Sunday morning, for about two hours.

    LAUREL to performance artist DAVID DATUNA, who ate a $120,000 banana duct-taped to a wall at Art Basel in Miami last weekend. The piece drew huge crowds, generated media attention and eventually sold for its ludicrously high asking price. Datuna, who opened a gallery in Long Island City in June, plucked the banana from the wall and took a bite as part of a performance he dubbed Hungry Artist. He later told People magazine, It was delicious. I say, bananas are meant to be eaten, not duct taped to walls and priced at $120,000. Datuna was right to take this absurd exhibition to the pinnacle of absurdity.

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    Construction of tunnel to end Windsor’s ‘Dougall Death Trap’ – Daily Commercial News - December 14, 2019 by admin

    One of Windsors worst street bottlenecks and longstanding complaints from the cycling community is finally being remedied with construction of a bike-pedestrian tunnel under a CN Rail overpass.

    The area is in the heart of the citys major north-south thoroughfare on Dougall Avenue a four-lane artery that feeds traffic from Windsors southern suburbs into Ouellette Avenue and the citys downtown, and vice versa.

    While there are paths and sidewalks north and south of the overpass, there are only a couple of dirt goat paths used precariously by cyclists and the occasional pedestrian located immediately beside the busy commuter route.

    In fact, the bottleneck has been dubbed the Dougall Death Trap, mainly a cautionary description because no actual cycling or pedestrian deaths have occurred there in recent memory.

    However, after years of lobbying by the cycling community and others, city council approved the project and a related one immediately north that will create a signalized intersection at a merging corner that in fact has been the citys top non-signalized intersection for motor vehicle accidents.

    The underpass, with local Amico the contractor, comes in at $6.2 million, and the intersection, with nearby LaSalles Sterling Ridge undertaking the work, is $1.3 million. The two sites are located within what city planners officially describe as Windsors Central Box.

    But it took many months of negotiations with CN Rail before work could begin. Thats because the roughly 30-metre long tunnel had to be cut at an angle under the busy CN track which sees back and forth shunting to the nearby Van de Water rail yard.

    But instead of boring through the embankment engineers on the design-build project thought it more efficient to excavate from the top down to the ground.

    To do this they had to temporarily remove over 30 meters of rail track. To impede train movements as little as possible this work had to be done in a marathon 48-hour weekend blitz. This occurred in late November when the rail line was shut down at noon on a Friday and re-opened Sunday night.

    Crews used two-352 excavators and, for safety reasons, dug in a trapezoidal fashion from 33 metres wide at the top to a depth of eight metres and six metres wide at base.

    Roughly at 12:15 p.m. we started excavating the material and hauling it to our dumping site and that roughly took about 6.5 hours, Amicos project manager Dan Krueger said. Some contaminated soil, expected after decades of railway use, was found and disposed of.

    This was followed by the laying of a granular base which took about three hours. Then Amico installed the precast box culvert sections, which took about 20 hours.

    The 14 sections 4.1 metres tall and six metres wide (with inside dimensions three metres tall by five metres wide) and manufactured by Anchor Concrete of Kingston, ON. were lifted into place by a 200-tonne crane.

    We just rigged it up with some little hooks on the top and just move into place, Krueger said.

    The final step was waterproofing with a rubberized membrane along with the installation of protection and drainage boards to prevent water intrusion. The water will drain along the sides to sub drains and then into roadside catch basins on Dougall Ave.

    Meanwhile crews had already completed work building the 300-metre retaining wall along the CN embankment, separating the hill from the new multi-use bike and pedestrian trail which will flow from the tunnel.

    The trail itself will be 3.5 metres wide bordered from the street by a one-metre wide stamped concrete buffer and separated from the retaining wall by a 0.75-metre concrete buffer. And the retaining wall varies in height between 1.5 metres and 2.5 metres with a 1.2-metre high railing on top.

    We will have a one-metre stamped concrete buffer strip so it just provides a little delineation between the edge of the trail and the curb, City of Windsor project manager Paul Mourad said.

    Much of the underpass and trail work will be finished this fall with at least a granular trail laid, with final paving work and an official site opening next spring.

    And, a project discussed for decades likely will be well received by pedestrians and especially the cycling community. They heavily promote active transportation so theyll be happy when this is done, Mourad said.

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    Letter to the Editor: A Millennial Problem in This Old City – - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Following Alton City Council meetings has never been the highlight of excitement in ones life. However, cruising through the minutes and the agendas of 11-23-2019s meeting, we can read that Altons City Councill has approved TEMPORARY shelters and warming centers for the homeless and I can honestly say I dont know if this is a topic of conversation every winter, or if its because our homeless population has increased so much in the past few years, that it now has to be a topic of discussion.

    Either way, I find myself torn with the word temporary. If you put tape over a leaky hole in a dam, thats a temporary fix, it will not hold for any extended period of time, eventually it will give away to the pressure. If we give the homeless population a temporary place to hunker down this winter, thats a great start, but what about their futures? Can we actually help them to receive public assistance? SSI? Housing? Free cell phones? Help them become independent members of society.

    No, we are not responsible for their choices in the past, but as productive members of society I think we have a duty to help those less fortunate. After all, we dont know what their fight is; maybe they are fighting addiction, domestic violence, mental illness, sickness or theyre runaways looking for a place where they can be accepted; in any of these cases we should make getting help easier. Theres a 6 months wait at Centerstone, one of the only places that takes state insurance and offers MAT for addicts wishing to be in recovery and cant go cold turkey, they have mental health counseling, possible housing, transportation and free phones for clients. Alton Memorial offers a three-day detox, but there is at least a weeks wait to get a bed and even then its not coordinated with any clinics around here. While we should be grateful to have those services it is nowhere near good enough.

    Prime example: There is a man I see sitting at Centerstone every day on my way to work. He lives at night in a doorway of a church that is blocked from the wind, hidden from view, a dumpster on one side and a cold brick wall on the other. I run into him all over town, but every day he gets up at 6 am, rolls up his house and walks over to Centerstone. I asked him one day last summer, why are you always up here? he replied, I signed up for housing, and theres a years wait. I come here every day hoping today's the day I get in and dont have to sleep outside. Six months later I still see him there every day. It made me realize how much we all take for granted, the simplest of things like heat, a house, a car, money to buy food. The basic necessities that separate us from an animal chained up outside in the winter. It saddens me that instead of our city headed in a direction of rejuvenation, of small business and its people -we have tried to ignore this problem for too long. Spring, summer, and fall the homeless are fine, cooling centers? We had none. Cold weather hits, our neighbors across the river have warm-up St. Louis that really starts at the end of summer, here it is December and Alton has just now approved warm centers and temporary shelters.

    Educate yourself and drive through upper Alton, downtown and middle town, at any time of day (not the housing projects). Perhaps youll see People walking and carrying their belongings, their houses, pushing shopping carts, huddled in the back of stores by the dumpsters trying to keep warm, sitting on benches with their backs turned to the world trying to be invisible, panhandlers, people searching trash cans, beggars for food and drug addicts nodded out at bus stops or on the sidewalks leaned up against trees and retaining walls. The number of homeless seems to multiply by 2 every month, and as this problem becomes more prevalent I believe its time for a more permanent solution than the City Council TEMPORARY relief.

    We have space, the buildings, and even places that throw all cooked unsold food out at the end of the day instead of donating it, and many restaurants use this practice. There is so much waste in this town, a waste of food, material objects, money, houses and time. Someone in power needs takes control and do something constructive about the suffering this population faces.

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    Murdo Projects Improve Infrastructure in Transportation and Education – Philip Pioneer Review - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Before long, we will be ringing in a new decade and celebrating the start of 2020. A great deal of progress has been made within and surrounding Murdo this past year. Major projects for the community in 2019 included new sidewalks, a new facility for Jones County Elementary School (JCES) and the state Highway 83 highway improvement project.

    These projects serve the community well, contribute to the curb appeal and invoke civic pride. Now, the communitys elders can use their walkers on the sidewalks to safely go down the street. Parents send their children to a school knowing they are being educated in a safe and secure facility. For those who travel between the communities of Murdo and White River, South Dakota Highway 83 will offer a new, safe roadway.

    Before the contractors began the sidewalk project, the city submitted grant applications to the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD-DOT). The planning for this project began approximately seven years ago and encountered snafus in funding approval. Finally, the city received approval for a program that encompassed a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails [and] safe routes to school projects.

    Krysti Barnes, finance officer for the city of Murdo, noted the program entails a split of the total cost18% to the city, 82% to the stateestimated at approximately $560,000. Anderson Contractors, Inc., Ft. Pierre, received the contract for the total construction of the project that encompassed eight blocks, including a retaining wall located south of JCES. The elements of this unusually wet year, delayed the start and affected project progress.

    Anderson formed and poured the sidewalks with crosswalks that provide a smooth transition to the street, sloping to street level with a safety traction approach. This project is a work in progress and brings a better quality of life to many residents. If the weather doesnt present significant delays, the projected completion of this project is the spring or summer of 2020. In the future, the city hopes to obtain funding to proceed with installation of more sidewalks, interconnecting the community and offering a safe way to walk through the community to visit or to just take a stroll with friends.

    JCES staff and students recently moved from the old school into the new, 16,900 square foot facility. It is a gem for the community and will serve the educational needs of children today and future generations. The former school opened in 1965 during the age of George Jetson. The new school boasts technology similar to that seen in the treasured 1962 sitcom. The new JCES utilizes wireless network technology and a public address system featuring two-way intercommunications in each classroom. The fire protection system includes sprinklers, smoke and heat detectors in addition to the security of a locked down facility. A central foyer allows administrators to properly vet visitors before obtaining access to the building.

    Concerns for integrity of the structure arose in 2013, prompting an inspection of the building. The findings indicated damage to the masonry block structure, a result of the nature of shifting soils within the region. After extensive planning, the Jones County School Board committed to a final design, secured financing and hired a contractor in June 2017. The contractor projected a completion date to coincide with the start of the 2019 school year but extreme weather conditions caused delays. Lorrie Esmay, JCES principal and superintendent for Jones County Schools, shared the positive comments as everyone enjoys the new facility noting that staff and students quickly settled into the new building.

    In the entry hall, an antique bell is proudly displayed along with its history in the Jones county educational system. The first school, built in 1906, started as a humble, three room structure clad in tar paper. As the need arose for a larger school, a two-story, clapboard sided structure replaced the three room school house in 1909. The new JCES sits upon the site of the former 1909 two-story schoolhouse and the bell, used to summon children to school a century ago, is returned to its original location.

    The next project consists of razing the old JCES to make way for a new playground. Asbestos abatement crews plan to remove hazardous materials and demolition is slated for the summer of 2020. The school plans to install playground equipment and fencing on the 50 x 200 lot. The brick from the old school will be sold to raise funds for new playground equipment and used to build a new JCES sign. The new JCES provides a wonderful facility for the staff and students of today and tomorrow.

    The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SD-DOT) commenced with a paving project on state Highway 83 from Murdo to White River earlier this year. Zandstra Construction, Inc., Rapid City, received the contract spanning from Jones into Mellette county over the course of two years. Zandstra continued with work until the arrival of cooler weather. According to Doug Sherman, SD-DOT area engineer, the project progresses in phases and includes a new bridge and two box culverts on the Jones county side. On the Mellette county side, there are two new bridges spanning the Little White and Big White Rivers and one box culvert. An interim surface, consisting of milled asphalt and gravel, receives a primer coat, oiling the roadway in a petroleum based product, then it receives a blotter finish, consisting of a thickened chip seal finish.

    Next spring, construction crews plan to apply a finished surface over the established roadway as the traffic compacts the interim surface over time with varying temperatures, providing a solid and well established base resulting in a better finished surface. The distance of the paving project is from Murdo to White River is approximately 20 miles.

    These three projects brought improvements to the infrastructure of the community, offering a facility to educate its children and improving transportation between the two communities. Murdo plans to continue with improving its infrastructure, to actively seek funding for other projects and further commit to developing and investing within the community.

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    Foundation Repair Services Market : Report analyzes the segments and provides the relative contribution to the development 2018-2027 – Weekly Spy - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Report Synopsis

    XploreMRoffers a 9-year forecast for the foundation repair services market between 2018 and 2027. In terms of value, the foundation repair services market is expected to register a lower single-digit CAGR during the forecast period.

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    This research report provides a detailed analysis of the foundation repair services market and offers insights on the various factors driving the popularity of foundation repair services. The report includes an extensive analysis of the key industry drivers, challenges, trends and structure of the foundation repair services market.

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    The foundation repair services market is classified on the basis of end-user, service type and region. Based on end user, the foundation repair services market is segmented into residential and commercial. Based on service type, the foundation repair services market is segmented into settlement repair, wall repair, chimney repair, floor slab repair and others (retaining walls, slope stabilisation, grouting and soil nailing).

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    Key Segments

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    By Service Type

    Settlement Repair

    Wall Repair

    Chimney Repair

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    Floor Slab Repair

    Others (retaining walls, slope stabilization, grouting, & soil nailing)

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    Rest of APEJ



    GCC Countries


    South Africa

    Rest of MEA

    Key Companies


    Foundation Repair Services, Inc.

    Connecticut Basement Systems

    Erics Concrete & Masonry Services Ltd.

    Dwyer Companies

    Supportworks, Inc.

    SOS Foundation Repair






    Maryland Building Industry Association




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    Foundation Repair Services Market : Report analyzes the segments and provides the relative contribution to the development 2018-2027 - Weekly Spy

    Driver charged after pickup truck leaves path of destruction through St. John’s – NTV News - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Rescue personnel were busy Friday night responding to a series of accidents from Rennies Mill Road to Portugal Cove Road.

    911 calls started coming in around 8:30 p.m. after a pickup truck had smashed into a utility pole. The driver, a man in his 40s, was out of the vehicle and walking around when rescue crews arrived. He was taken to hospital. He will be chargedwith failing to remain at the scene of an accident, police say further charges are anticipated.

    The cap of the truck was located not far away. It appears it was ripped off the vehicle when it struck a brick retaining wall. Bricks and stones were thrown into the street.

    Farther south a number of parked cars had been struck. The entire route from the parked cars to the trucks final resting place was littered with fluids and vehicle parts.

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