Pine Forest drainage plan sees progress

The City of Pine Forest received a report this week that their potentially $60 million flood control project that would link twelve existing sand pits and ponds between the southwest city limit of the city and the Neches River with drainage canals to provide a new storm water drain for Tiger Creek, North Caney Creek and the Ten Mile Creek has seen some progress. City consultant Dwayne Gordy reported at this week’s Pine Forest City Council meeting that all of the property owners of sandpits and ponds along the proposed drainage route are now on board with their property acquisitions.

“The land owners along the route from the ACR property to the river, we now have verbal agreements from all those land owners,” said Mr. Gordy during the Monday night city council meeting. “So the right-of-way we need from the northern lakes to the river, we now have commitment on. We’re going to enter into letters of intent with those landowners just like we’ve done with the ACR property because we still haven’t gotten word from the state on how we take possession of those assets to use as an in-kind match. We also have to get evaluation processes done on those to make sure we know the dollar figure value of our in-kind match.”

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