The city of Rosenberg has spent $3 million on a flood plain project that began in 2011.

And because the total cost is projected at more than $20 million, council members are doing what they can to scrimp and save.

At the Rosenberg City Council work-shop meeting Tuesday, council members were given the an opportunity to save a few thousand dollars on the multi-million dollar project. Council members agreed to enter a partnership with Williams Brothers Construction Co.

By entering the partnership, the city will save $237,500 in excavation costs by allowing Williams Brothers to excavate material from the Dry Creek basin for use on the U.S. 59 project.

“This is important stuff here,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “This has to do with drainage.

“When I was speaking with the commissioner, they were discussing the possibility of flooding (this week) and we were discussing the Dry Creek detention.

“How many acres is the detention facility?”

City Engineer Charles Kalkomey said it will be about 45 acres when completed.In February, council hired LJA Engineering for phase two of the Dry Creek detention drainage project.

In April 2011, LJA Engineering completed an update to the city’s drainage plan, which calls for the city to create a regional detention pond and make channel improvements in the Dry Creek watershed.

The intent is to reduce flooding, eliminate the Dry Creek 100-year flood-plain within the city limits, and provide detention capacity to mitigate runoff from 1,550 acres of additional develop-ment within the watershed.

“This drainage basin — is it an accurate statement to say this basin drains about 40% of the town?” Benton asked.

Kalkomey said yes.

“We’re getting more and more development,” Benton continued. “We’re doing our best daily to improve drainage in Rosenberg, trying to get everything to the creeks as fast as possible.”

Council member Lisa Wallingford made a motion to move forward with the project. The motion was seconded by Council member Richard Olson and passed unanimously.

“Councilors, when you’re out in the public and people say, ‘You got to do stuff for drainage,’ this is one of those (things) we’re doing.

“And it’s important and it’s a biggie.”

Council members Jacob Balderas and Steven DeGregorio were not present for Tuesday’s meeting.

The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Oct. 15 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

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