Week of January 1, 2018

I was cleaning out city files I accumulated the past year.  The volume of paper and e-docs is immense.  We are provided information from all sorts of agencies.  In doing so, I came across a table of how much money each community is taxed by the Rice Creek Watershed.  Last year is was $28,000.  This is a lot of money by an agency that does not have an elected board and yet has taxing powers.
John Waller is the Washington County manager for a five-member board.  He has spent countless hours encouraging Birchwood to look for ways to engage RCWD's resources.  This past year, the Board did authorize the reconstruction of the flow control on Hall's Marsh.  That was a project that was long overdue.  Thanks to the neighbors, and specifically Bud Jenson, it finally got done.  As a result, Tighe-Schmitz Park has greatly improved due to the lower water table.
Another storm structure and holding basin that is in need of attention is the one at Nordling Park.  Is anyone willing to help get that issue started?  It will take some time, but seeing the space improve will be welcomed by all.  Please let me know.