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Major drainage project on West End already easing runoff issues
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
LIVINGSTON – City workers spent the week clearing debris out of a major drainage ditch in the area of town commonly known as the West End. The newly built ditch drains the northwest side of town and is only partially complete but it has already proven its worth. “This ditch is intended to relieve all the drainage into the low spots there,” City Attorney Gaffney Phillips said. The ditch is not yet complete. Only the fi rst portion of it has been built between West St. and Martin Luther King Dr. on the east side of Bluebird Street. The city is working to extend drainage from the West End down to the pond at the intersection of Hwy. 190 and the Hwy. 59 bypass. “There was a natural drainage and what they are trying to do is straighten it and improve it,” Phillips said. “The water got pretty high along West Street after all the rain we’ve had lately, but it didn’t get into any of the houses along that street and it drained pretty quickly after the rains stopped.” Additional improvements to the fl ow of stormwater are planned for the area.Swearing in Livingston City Council on Tuesday held a swearing-in ceremony for returning council member Judy Cochran and the newly elected Elgin Davis. Dr. Ray Luna was re-elected as well but was unable to attend the Tuesday meeting. He will be sworn in at the regularly scheduled June meeting. The council will elect a mayor pro-tem at the June meeting as well. Alderwoman Judy Cochran had been serving in that role for the past year. The council routinely selects a different council member to fi ll that role each year.