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People are filing in for the meeting about demolishing Paul Harvey's neighborhood for a detention pond. I'll be live-tweeting. #Tulsa It's being streamed live on Councilor Kara Joy McKee's Facebook page.
Councilor McKee takes responsibility for not personally reaching out to the Dawsons before voting to condemn their home. #Tulsa #eminentdomain
McKee setting out her list of 10 "communication norms." #Tulsa
About two dozen people here who are directly affected by the West pond. #Tulsa
First item is collecting questions from affected residents, to be answered by the engineering staff. #Tulsa
One resident says he's been in the neighborhood since '68, has never seen flooding there. Wants to know which properties in the neighborhood have flooded in the last decade. #Tulsa
Another wants to know if City has done cost-benefit analysis since FEMA denied funding based on its lack of benefit. #Tulsa
Over 100 people here. #Tulsa
Another resident wants to know how high the water in the Centennial Park pond got during June's heavy rains. #Tulsa
McKee urging that we not insinuate nefarious dealings by city staffers. #Tulsa
Rebecca Alvarez, project manager for Guy Engineering started the presentation, handed the mic to hydrologist Mark Swift. #tulsa
There is a 14'x15' arch storm sewer, built in 1922, connecting Centennial Park pond to 21st Street Bridge. #tulsa
Current Elm Creek Master Drainage Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2008. #tulsa
West Pond will remove 49 structures from floodplain, of which 22 are residential. $16.9 million in 2008 property values. 12 are south of 13th street, east of Detroit Ave.
If all three ponds built, will remove 200 properties (108 residential) worth $32.6 million from 100-year-flood plain. #Tulsa
Benefit/Cost ratio 1.2 for West Pond -- but most of the value protected is the Spirit Bank building. #Tulsa
Now Mark Peters, landscape architect, with Alaback Design. West Pond will have water as deep as 8' at all times, with 11.5' of storage. #tulsa
Now Rebecca Alvarez about timeline and funding. 2017-2021 acquisition, 2021-2023 construction. Says that stormwater revenue bonds will be used for funding. #tulsa
Three properties are under active acquisition. Two are in closing. #Tulsa
City will pay displacement costs in addition to money for property under the Federal Uniform Relocation Act. #Tulsa
City real estate official says Tulsa Development Authority is not involved in this acquisition. (But TDA minutes say otherwise.) #tulsa
Michelle Lester is the city real estate official answering questions.
A discussion about how the Dawson's property was represented to the Council committee, using photos before the renovations were done. #tulsa
Now getting into why the city is taking houses instead of vacant land owned by IHCRC. #tulsa
City Engineer Paul Zachary says design is only 60% complete for the pond. #tulsa
Flood impact? None in this basin according to Zachary. #tulsa
Zachary says delays in acquisition were due to handing it off to TDA because of staffing shortage. #tulsa
Zachary is promising a detailed timeline of the city's interactions with FEMA regarding the west pond. #Tulsa
"We had no plans, we had no details," when applying for FEMA flood mitigation grant. #tulsa
Building is closing, so we'll continue tomorrow night at 6 at the same location. #tulsa
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