Claremore Daily Progress

Government

October 10, 2012

2-1 vote ends 86th St. extension

Thacker, DeLozier oppose Helm’s road proposal

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Kellogg added that the road in its exact location was addressed in the report and the recommendation was to avoid this section of the road. The issue is the potential failure of the roadway due to the location of the river, according to Kellogg.
“Even if the road was built it is something that would have to be maintained now and forever,” Kellogg said.
Kellogg presented a letter from FEMA dated March 2011, explaining the concerns after the initial review of project documents. The letter listed concerns with the geographic area, unknown risks, potential future failure, extensive land use changes, impact to the floodplain and the potential hazard to the public.
The letter really did not make any sense, according to Kellogg.
Numerous meetings and conversations were held after receiving the letter, he said.
The letter requested that Helm have an Environmental Impact Study done before any further involvement would be provided from FEMA.
The EIS would cost approximately $800,000, according to Kellogg.
The county would have had to pay for the study without FEMA funds and without any guarantee that FEMA would provide future funding for the project.
The letter only listed this requirement but did not terminate the repair of Keetonville Road.
“I heard that FEMA said that you can’t go this way,” Thacker said. “The goal I heard originally to save all those children and help those people.”
The current route is going west not south, he said.
“No there was nothing,” Kellogg said. “They heavily implied that you were not going this way. It was the feel we got from them through the conversations with FEMA.”
Kellogg then later clarified the statement explaining that they [Guy Engineering and Rogers County District 2] were not prohibited from fixing the road by FEMA.
The issue was that Helm would have to meet FEMA’s requirements to receive the funding, according to Kellogg.

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