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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Creek needs Army approval for repair

  • McPherson city commissioners are looking to make some repairs to the Turkey Creek at the Turkey Creek Golf Course.
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  • McPherson city commissioners are looking to make some repairs to the Turkey Creek at the Turkey Creek Golf Course.
    However, before work can begin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must approve a permit for the work.
    Turkey Creek is considered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a "navigable water source." The legal definition of a navigable water source, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is "if the body of water is subject to the ebb and flow of the tide, and/or the body of water is presently used, or has been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use."
    Nick Gregory, city administrator, said the application is part of an erosion control plan, which seeks to address the creek's disrepair.
    "What we're looking to do is find cost-effect solutions to erosion control," Gregory said.
    Currently, the concrete weir, a type of dam, is eroded and is in need of replacement. Gregory said some water pipe along the creek is also broken.
    If approved, the weir will be replaced, the water pipe will be repaired and the banks on each side of the creek will receive 75 feet each of stones to prevent erosion.
    While the construction may affect course play, Gregory said the natural flow of the creek would not be affected.
    In other business:
    • Commissioners approved $1,750 for six movies in the park this summer. The movies will run on select dates, starting on May 11. The McPherson Convention and Visitor's Bureau is hosting the movies.
    • Commissioners approved $1,200 to upgrade railroad signs throughout the city. There are 60 signs, which are planned to be replaced.
    • Commissioners approved $26,598 to relocate eight fire hydrants on First Street. The hydrants are being relocated as part of the First Street reconstruction project.
    • Commissioners approved the installation of stop signs at the intersection of Grimes Street and Windsor Lane.
    Contact Joseph Tuszynski at joe.tuszynski@mcphersonsentinel.com, or Follow with on Twitter @JoeTSentinel.
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