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Oregon Council at a meeting on March 14 will consider an agreement with engineering companies to provide services for the final design and bidding for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, the Wolf Creek Relief Ditch project, and the Pickle Road Storm Relief Ditch project.

If approved, Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, would provide engineering services for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, which is located within the downstream area of the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch, Johlin Ditch, and Heckman Ditch watersheds, between Cedar Point Road and Lake Erie. Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD., Toledo, would provide engineering services for the Wolf Creek area west of Stadium Road, and the Pickle Road area between Coy and Lallendorf roads that is served by the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch. Poggemeyer would be paid $304,880 to provide the services.

The Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, which will be conducted in two phases, consists of relocating the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch and Johlin Ditch to a re-aligned Heckman Ditch, providing one large open channel to convey drainage to all four watersheds. The purpose of the project is to relocate Heckman Ditch away from Wynn Road to prevent road failure from the severely eroded ditch bank, and to relocate Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch and Johlin Ditch to  bypass the existing industrial properties between Cedar Point Road and Lake Erie. The undersized channel capacity of the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch has been the cause of chronic flooding in the industrial areas.

BP-Husky Refinery, which has previously worked with Poggemeyer, is a partner on the project, Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting on March 7.

“We do have OPWC (Ohio Public Works Commission) funding for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project for Phase I. We are going to submit again this fall for funding for Phase 2,” said Roman.

The Wolf Creek and Pickle Road areas have also been subject to chronic storm water flooding, which the city wants to correct.

“I’ve talked about both of these projects in budget meetings, as well as past drainage meetings,” said Roman.

Plans to alleviate flooding in the Wolf Creek area include diverting flow from Wolf Creek, at a point upstream of Stadium Road and conveying it to the Big Ditch storm drain along Stadium, north of Seaman Road. The planned action for the Pickle Road area includes increasing hydraulic capacity of the storm drainage in Pickle Road to meet run-off conditions, diverting the drainage in Pickle Road to a new drainage/storage ditch in an easement across the Toledo Edison property between Pickle Road and Navarre Avenue, and discharging the flow to the existing storm sewer in Navarre Avenue. Jones & Henry Engineers would be paid $142,000 to provide services for the Wolf Creek Relief Ditch project and the Pickle Road Storm Relief Ditch project.

The costs for these projects are included in the city’s capital improvement projects budget, said Roman.

“Dealing with flood water and storm water throughout the city is one of the most challenging issues facing Oregon since Oregon has existed as a community,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. “I’m happy to see that we are taking another step toward solving flood water issues.”

Councilman Sandy Bihn asked Roman if the outfall of Heckman Ditch into the Bay will be similar in design to the Big Ditch improvement project, which consisted of eliminating the eroding ditch banks along Stadium Road, enhancing an existing ditch downstream near South Shore Veterans Park, a new outfall to Lake Erie, new stream channels, stream crossing culverts, landscape mounding, relocation of a walking path and extensive landscaping with native plantings and trees.

“It’s going to be very similar to the Big Ditch,” said Roman. “If you recall, we did buy 30 acres of land along the west side of Wynn Road, from Cedar Point Road to Bayshore Road. The idea was to create wetlands in this area. So, when we relocate Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch over to Heckman, it will go through these 30 acres, and we will create and form wetlands. Part of that purchase of 30 acres was with an Ohio Coastal Management grant. That land is intended for wetland creation. So it will work very well together.”

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