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Lubbock City Council to take up several issues Thursday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Multiple drainage projects have helped fix flooding problems in Lubbock, but there are still areas of concern. City council will look at one of the remaining problems Thursday. 

Folks who live around a playa lake at 77th Street and Ash Avenue say flooding is a problem. City of Lubbock Storm Water Engineer Michael Keenum says that over the years they've received several complaints about flooding and standing water in the area.

The area has not been studied for the master drainage plan, so crews don't really know what the problem is.  Thursday, council will consider a contract to study the area to see if the water one can't get to the lake, two if water in the lake has no where to go, or three some other problem.

"Right now, we just have money for the design contract, and so we don't know if it's going to produce anything tangible or not, but if there's some reasonable alternatives that come up, then we can look a construction probably a year to two down the road would be the earliest we'd see actual steps be taken," Keenum said. 

The city would spend around $134,000 for the study if council approves. The contract gives crews eight months to complete the work.

Also Thursday, council will once again take up the issue of expansion at Premier Sportsplex at 90th Street and Memphis Avenue.  Neighbors say parking is a big problem, but leaders at Premier say their plans to expand will include more parking.

Council will also look at what you pay for water. They'll consider changes that affect fees and water line maintenance, and city leaders plan to pay more than market value for three houses that have to be demolished for either the 98th Street sewer repair or the expansion of Milwaukee Avenue.

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