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9/17/2013 2:55:00 PM
Camp Verde Council to discuss grant for drainage in Verde Lakes

Bill Helm
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - At Wednesday's Town Council regular session, the council will discuss and possibly direct Town staff to prepare a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant application under the Federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance guidelines. The grant request, not to exceed $1.5 million, would be for stormwater drainage improvements in the Verde Lakes subdivision.

In what the Town's finance department considers a "worst-case scenario," the Town could absorb the $375,000 match amount without affecting its reserve. The Town currently has about $1.8 million of undesignated general funds and believes that the project could take as much as three years to complete, according to tonight's agenda item submission form, section 1.

According to Camp Verde Public Works Deputy Director Troy O'Dell, Verde Lakes has had no significant improvements since it was first developed.

"We need to fix the local drainage with Verde Lakes," O'Dell says. "The area has bad, run-down drainage. Improvements are needed. And we need the funds from somewhere else. The $1.5 million would be for localized drainage improvements. Miles of ditches, hundreds of culverts need improvement. It should have been fixed a long time ago."

Verde Lakes, a 1,580-lot subdivision in southeast Camp Verde, was first developed in 1969. Since September 1970, Verde Lakes has experienced multiple severe flooding events, including this year's monsoons.

In 1994, Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance helped the Town repair damaged roads in the subdivision.

Also on tonight's agenda, the Council will discuss and possibly approve a cooperative agreement between the Town and Friends of the Verde River Greenway. The Council will also discuss and possibly approve a proclamation designating September as National Recovery Month.

Wednesday's regular will be held at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, 473 S Main St., room 106.

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