Oxford Pointe drainage project meeting draws crowd, work to begin this week

By Nick Gosnell
September 16, 2014

Residents and landowners affected by the CertainTeed/Oxford Pointe drainage project filled the City Commission room in McPherson Tuesday night to find out details on the project's timeline.

The project is actually slated to begin this week with work on ponds in Hess Park, with the excavation of the main ditch behind the residential areas in the north end of town slated for mid-December, weather permitting. If everything remains on schedule, the main digging will be finished behind the residences by the end of January, and the total project is slated for completion by early spring.

Based on a hydrological study conducted by Wilson and Company, the project will reduce the number of homes in or adjacent to the floodplain from a current number of eighty five to only seven homes left in the 100 year floodplain after the work is complete.

Phil Wankum with Prairie Landworks, the winning bidder on the project stated that the reason that Prairie Landworks was able to come in with a bid under a million dollars for the entire project was because the excavation contractor on the ponds in Hess Park has a place for all the dirt that will be taken out where those ponds will be dug.

Wankum added that he needed to hear from individual homeowners about any special issues with their individual properties like those with small children or with things in their yard that will be close to the area of the ditch that need protected during digging.

If questions arise during the project, they are to be directed to McPherson City Public Works Director Jeff Woodward. His office number is 245-2545.