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FLOOD HELP: WCCS approves Columbia City High School flood solution

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s board of school trustees approved a measure at Monday’s meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.

The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.

A design for the project will now begin, and Zickgraf said sealed bids will come in before the board in March or April.

If the bids fall where expected, Zickgraf said this should be a summer project with hopes of completing the project by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

In other business, the board gave recognition to Steve Hively for serving as part of the board of trustees from January, 2009 until December of this year. Although Hively was unable to be present Monday, he was still publicly acknowledged and thanked for four years of service to the school district.

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