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Citizen Input Wanted for Smoky Hill River Renewal Project

KSAL Staff - June 23, 2017 4:53 pm

The City, with the help of HDR, is working to refine design elements presented in the Smoky Hill River Renewal Master Plan that was adopted in 2010. As part of this process, the City is gathering input on proposed improvements through a brief online survey that can be completed through July 7 at www.salina-ks.gov/riverrenewal.

A steering committee that will work closely with City staff and HDR will be formed. Interested citizens may complete an application online at www.salina-ks.gov/riverrenewal or in person at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash St., Room 206. Potential steering committee members must be able to commit to nine steering committee meetings and three public meetings. The City will select approximately 20 citizens to serve on the committee, which will reflect a wide range of community interests.

The public is invited to provide input and comments at any stage during project development. However, feedback is most useful now – before design decisions are made. Public meetings are scheduled to occur in June, July and September 2017. Following these meetings, the project team will advance desired concepts into preliminary designs. This process is expected to take just over one year.

Following preliminary design, an additional public meeting will be held in the fall of 2018, prior to finalizing designs.

Doug Clemens

June 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

The citizens do not want the river project. They voted it down at the polls. A corrupt city commission and the city manager are pushing this through and need to be held a countable. The city manager needs to be fired and the entire. It commission needs to be replaced. It’s time to take action people.

Yancy Trostle

June 23, 2017 at 10:40 pm

What will the river project do to our towns Fema flood-plane? The cut off channel was put in to eliminate the chance of flooding. I lived by the river channel by Oakdale park for 7 years with heavy rains that creek went to a river with heavy flow. If it is bigger and better what happens when we get a big rain. Is that going to affect us where more of us will have to get flood insurance??? Also if the City wants to show us how well the river project will go over start at the beginning start at Crawford street , work to the dam, remove all the log jam there in the channel at Indian Rock and work to the dike. Show Salina the cost of that stage of the project. Let Them decide if it should be pursued farther down stream. We need to know the true cost of such a big project, How will it affect our home owners insurance because of the flood plane risk of making the river what it use to be

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