By Blake Herzog for Yuma Sun
Construction of a long-planned flood retention basin in Yuma’s Ray Smucker Park nearly got hung up again by the subtraction of one word to an agreement between the city and the county flood control district about its construction.
But the Yuma County Board of Supervisors did approve the amended agreement June 1, on a 3-2 vote. Under the agreement the flood control district will spend $7.8M to build the basin, while the city’s share of almost $1M covers design costs and relocating utility lines.
The document also addresses legal liability carried by the district as it digs the basin, which is intended to relieve flooding which hits some neighborhoods near the park along the East Main Canal during heavy rainstorms.
The board’s approval is an important hurdle for the project to clear, but it is still awaiting a permit from the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) before the flood district can start the process of putting the project out for bids from contractors, Yuma City Engineer Joshua Scott said.
He said officials are hoping to clinch that within the next six weeks or so, but ADWR has been backed up with its own work and keeps saying it’ll be another two weeks. “It’ll be a big boost to the project when we get that,” he said.
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