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Jefferson City will be receiving a small Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to update a section of the stormwater system.

The grant will fund the replacement of two culverts in the 600 block of Norris Drive.

Public Works Director Matt Morasch said the project will go out to bid, but can't be started until November, at the soonest.

"You have to work between November and March on this because of some endangered species issues with bats," he said. "If you cut down the wrong trees, there can be bats nesting in them and then even a sturgeon concern coming up the river."

The $243,750 grant requires a 25 percent match, which would be $81,250. In total, the project will cost around $325,000.

Morasch said the city's portion of funding would come from Sales Tax G money.

The area flooded several years ago, he said, and one of the area residents had flooding in his home. He said the area also experienced flooding with the flash flood warnings at the end of last month.

"We went out to look at the culvert and found we have a culvert that is in disrepair, not unlike many out there," Morasch said. "There's two large pipes out there, one of them the end had basically rusted and kind of caved in."

The situation fit the criteria for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, he said, so the city applied for it.

"The other option was we just have to fix it completely by ourselves and with city money," Morasch said. "We felt like this was our best opportunity to get that grant because there was somebody directly affected."

The Public Works and Planning Commission plans to discuss stormwater issues in general and take public comment at its 7:30 a.m. Thursday meeting at City Hall. The meeting will also be virtual.

Overlay work

The city is also in the process of planning for this year's mill and overlay project.

City Council is expected to vote on the project at its July 19 meeting.

If approved, the city would spend $987,787 with Jefferson Asphalt to update an estimated 16.5 miles of road around Jefferson City.

The city allots $1.2 million to the project annually from the half-cent sales tax.

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