Work to remedy the problem of standing water in the ditch that runs north of Anderson Field in Neligh Park is underway, and as a result the road through the park is closed at this time.
West Point’s City Council voted to move ahead with that work last October. The project includes laying a large storm sewer pipe in the ditch and covering it with dirt.
A pond on the east side of the bridge that crosses that drainage ditch will remain, but the appearance will be improved, and the project will include a plan to circulate the water so it doesn’t stagnate.
The Park Board has found a donor who has agreed to pick up most of the cost, City Administrator Tom Goulette told the council.
At last night’s (Tuesday) city council meeting, the council agreed to amend the contract with Woehler & Sons Construction.
Originally, “substantial” progress on the project was to have been made by the end of December. However, because the company, based in Wayne, was affected by the tornado that hit that community last fall, Woehlers has been given until April 18 to make substantial progress.
The May 11 completion date was unchanged.
In a related matter, councilman Bruce Schlecht alerted the council to wind damage at the Anderson Field grandstand. He said at least one support was damaged.
The city last year had discussed upgrading the grandstand and adjacent restrooms, but that work was tabled because of the drainage ditch project. The council discussed coming up with a plan to remedy the grandstand issues. Schlecht said Anderson Field will be home to more than 60 baseball games this summer.