By Karolyn Gephart
A citywide detention pond will soon be part of the City of Manvel in efforts to create long term sustainable drainage improvements in the area.
The detention pond plan approval came at the recent Council meeting at City Hall.
Councilmembers will now begin the process of issuing $3.5 million in certificates of obligation for the purchase of 117 acres along South Masters and Jordan.
In November, the council reports it will review and vote on bids for construction. According to city officials, pending that approval, the city then plans to issue an RFP for the construction and design of the pond.
Plans are for a private company to dig the pond. It will be dug to city specifications to create a detention pond at the end of the construction and mining. As part of its contract with the company, the city will receive a portion of the revenues from the mining sales.
After the pond is dug, the city will use it to divert water from major water thoroughfares.
In reviewing drainage for the area, the City of Manvel received over 10 inches of rain over three days from Tropical Storm Imelda.
City officials report that throughout the storm, the city’s drainage systems handled the stormwater without any significant issues.
The city staff was on alert throughout the storm.