An ongoing erosion issue along Dry Turkey Creek could cause serious damage to Turkey Creek Golf Course if it isn’t rectified soon.
The city has been developing a long-term plan for correcting McPherson’s water runoff situation, but the heavy summer rains accelerated damage at the golf course.
If the water erosion issue is not rectified soon, it will become a threat to the fifth hole.
Mayor Tom Brown said the plan is to reinforce the banks of Dry Turkey Creek.
“The bank is eroded out completely,” Brown said. “There will be dirt and rock installed, as well as vegetation to help hold it into place. We’ll also have the fill bank and the eroded concrete redone.”
Brown said city officials had hoped to be able to handle the work using the city’s own supply of crushed concrete.
“We found out that the machine crushed it too fine,” Brown said. “We’d also looked at using the crushed concrete behind a tight fencing material, but it was even too fine for that.”
The city will use four- to eight-inch rock that will be shipped in by a contractor.
The cost of the project is estimated at less than $20,000.
“There will still need to be adjustments,” Brown said, “and it’s important to realize that the bid isn’t just for the rock but for transportation as well. That can end up being up to half a project’s cost.”
Brown said another significant factor in the project’s cost would be the amount of time needed to finish it.
“If everything goes all right,” Brown said, “I’m very confident it’ll be under $20,000. We’re definitely looking for economical bids on the transportation of the rock. It’ll likely take three to five work days to complete the work if we have a stretch of reasonable weather with no rain.”
Bids also will be taken for digging up and replacing a water pipe broken in half by the summer rains’ water swells.
The work at Turkey Creek Golf Course would be phase one of a long-term Army Corps of Engineers-approved project to improve McPherson’s water runoff situation as a whole.
Along with the Oxford Point Drainage project, future projects would include work on the stream running between Kansas Avenue and Wall Park, improvements to drainage running from the area of McPherson High School, and dredging a number of the town’s ponds.
“We’ll have to dredge the ponds in Wall Park and Lakeside Park,” Brown said, “because they’re having excess retention due to silt settling at the bottom from constant erosion.”
Page 2 of 2 - The city will have to compensate for the flatness of the land on which the city sits.
“We have to create different elevations,” Brown said. “By changing elevations, we’ll be creating slopes to move water runoff to new piping. It’s a matter of solving the problem of the flatness of the land.”
The Turkey Creek Golf Course project is being completed first because work needed to begin downstream and progress upstream to keep the existing channels functioning.
The plan to reinforce and repair the banks of the Dry Turkey Creek at Turkey Creek Golf Course will go before the city commission at its regular Monday meeting.
Brown said it is important for the financial health of the golf course for the work to begin as soon as possible.
“If the erosion were to eat into hole five,” Brown said, “it would cost the golf course revenue. It’s doing fine right now. Expenses are down, and it would be good to finish the year out in the black. If we have to repair the damage afterward, it will cost more than doing what needs to be done now. We have to find a way to do it.”
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