LOWELL | The Town Council has agreed to pay $22,500 for engineering design work on Powell Ditch to avoid flooding for a few residents on the town's south side.
"This will get us to putting out bids stage," said Greg Shook, Lowell's public works director.
Craig Hendricks of SEH of Indiana, which will engineer the design, said he cannot say yet what the total costs will be. He said the town is expected to handle excavation with pipe installation to be contracted out.
Part of Powell Ditch is in a flood plain, and even after the project, it will sometimes be used to store stormwater drainage from about 200 homes that empty into it, Hendricks said.
Hendricks said the problem has been that the ditch has not functioned properly. An improved outlet structure into Cedar Creek will allow water to flow quicker into the creek.
Improvements are expected to stop Cedar Creek from backing back up into the ditch and flooding homes, he said.
The long-delayed project required approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and county officials.
The council also agreed to rezone Carlson Farms property at 101 W. Oakley Avenue from industrial to agricultural as recommended by the Lowell Plan Commission.