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North Glencoe drainage issues debated at meeting

The Buffalo Creek Watershed District (BCWD) may soon be getting a petition to study drainage issues along the northeastern edge of Glencoe, much as it did a few years ago for the west ditch (or Marsh) drainage system.
McLeod County Commissioner Doug Krueger brought a room full of people — from water managers to township, city and school officials to local residents — to the North Complex to discuss drainage  — or more appropriately, water management issues.
Krueger said the city of Glencoe is planning to spend $700,000 to $800,000 to install about 4,800 feet of 30-inch tile from the drainage ponds near the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School east along 16th Street, and eventually tie in with a city storm sewer that runs to the Buffalo Creek on the south side of the city.
Justin Black, an engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), said that tile will become an “emergency outlet” for when the storm water ponds fill up during heavy rain events.
While that tile will help with city flooding issues, it doesn’t do much for those north of the city, said Krueger.
“The amount of money being put into it (the city project) isn’t benefitting enough people in the system,” said Krueger.
Ron Ringquist, an independent ditch viewer, agreed that the city project could be incorporated into a larger project that could benefit a larger drainage area, including the rural area north of Glencoe.

For more, see the Dec. 16 print edition of The Chronicle.