Supes move on getting grants to improve ditch
by Paisley Boston
Aug 23, 2013 | 1109 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors is seeking multiple grants to complete the East Gate Ditch project.

In Monday's board meeting, supervisors approved to complete the application for East Gate ditch project.

If they receive grants for the project, then the county is required to match the funds, said County Administrator Will Hooker.

The funds are needed to clean and cover the ditch that is located in East Gate near several homes.

According to Preston Billings, supervisor for District 3, local residents have been putting up signs in hopes of speeding up the process of ditch coverage.

Billings said the citizens are concerned with potential hazards as a result of the ditch not being covered.

He presented the East Gate ditch project at a National Supervisor's Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Billings said that representatives at the conference advised him to contact agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local legislators to help resolve the issue.

"I passed it on exactly the way they said," said Billings.

According to Hooker, before attacking the East Gate project, they must first consider two different issues.

One concerns an easement for access to the ditch and the other issue is a long-term solution for coverage of the ditch.

"Once we get the easement we have to come up with a plan to move the iron fence," said County Engineer Bob Eley.

"Future generations should not have to do deal with it. We must modernize our smaller cities because they are diminishing. Let's get rid of this problem, once and for all," said Billings.

Billings said that he wants the ditch to be at least 300 feet away from all residences.