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City to take advantage of Judd Avenue project to improve storm drainage

The Glencoe City Council voted to move forward with a new storm drain on Judd Avenue during its regular meeting Monday night.
The vote came after a presentation from Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) Engineer Justin Black. McLeod County is currently working on Judd Avenue as part of its jail expansion project, giving the city an opportunity to change the storm water drain in that area.
The city recently used a camera to view the current drainage system and what would be the best course of action.
Black proposed a new 48-inch concrete drainage pipe that will follow close to the current path. The total length will be about 85 feet long. Black said this new pipe will have a slightly greater flow than the current brick section.
The city received a quote from Derby Contracting of Hutchinson for $42,767. City Administrator Mark Larson said he will look into doing a separate contract for a piece of the project, making the cost $34,500. Larson said the county has committed up to $8,000 to the project.
Council Member Allen Robeck asked if it would be better to have a bigger pipe, but Black explained this was the right size for the system.
Black said he would recommend system modeling first to ensure the system would operate properly.
Council Member John Schrupp said he was in favor of the plan as long as this modeling came back alright.
Robeck asked about the railroad culvert in a different area of town and a potential restriction there. Schrupp said with the construction at the jail providing an opening, this area was the immediate concern.

For more from the City Council meeting, see the May 18 print edition of The Chronicle.