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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • NRD agrees to pay costs for government shutdown at Wilson Creek dam project

  • The Nemaha Natural Resources District has agreed to pay costs associated with the U.S. government shutdown Oct. 1-16 for the contractor working on the Wilson Creek 8H dam rehabilitation.

    Construction was delayed eight of the 12 days of the shutdown because a federal inspector was not available.
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  • The Nemaha Natural Resources District has agreed to pay costs associated with the U.S. government shutdown Oct. 1-16 for the contractor working on the Wilson Creek 8H dam rehabilitation.
    The $500,000 project, which included 40,000 cubic yards of earth fill and installation of a 30-inch concrete drain pipe, requires a federal inspector with the federal Natural Resouces Conservation Service to be present during certain phases of work.
    Prange Construction was not able to work eight of the 12 days of the shutdown because an inspector was not available.
    Scott Kudrna, assistant NRD manager, said the NRD board recognized that the delay was was not the contractor's fault and agreed topay the company $600 a day.
    Kudrna said the NRD will seek reimbursement up to 65 percent from the federal government, but said the government has not decided how it will handle shutdown expenses.
    The NRD also agreed to pay Prange for additional water used in construction.
    Water is needed for compaction of dry soils during the dam construction. The company did not have a meter on its "water wagon" so it did not qualify for federal payments for water use. Kudrna said the NRD board recognized that water was used and agreed to pay $1,500.
    Wilson Creek 8H, constructed in 1968, is located near Highway 2 west of Dunbar as a "low-hazard" structure. When the new four-lane highway was built, the dam was reclassified and identified for a larger dam structure.
    The Dec. 12 board meeting was the last for long-time director Ted Godemann from Falls City. At the close of the meeting, Godemann submitted a letter of resignation effective January 1, 2014. He indicated he will be moving out of his current subdistrict.
    Having served as one of two representatives in Subdistrict 10, Godemann leaves after nearly 19 years with the district.
    "There is no way I can fully express my appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity the voters have given me to represent them in the NNRD," said Godemann in his letter to Rob Bohling, chair of the Nemaha NRD board.

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