LOWELL | The Lowell Town Council has decided to handle flood control measures in-house to save money.
After learning last month the cost estimate for the Powell Ditch project would be $227,264, Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook told the council recently that municipal crews could do the work for an estimated $50,000.
Shook quickly pointed out the in-house cost estimate is materials only.
Shook said he didn't include labor costs for the labor-intensive project because the work would be done over a longer period of time. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources permit for the work is good for two years, he said.
Powell Ditch lies within the flood plain of Cedar Creek.
About four properties are flooded during rains.
The council also approved substantial completion for the wastewater treatment plant improvement project.