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Wetland development drives up cost of levee around La Salle County Nursing Home

Posted by wlpo on May 14, 2015

Building a levee to keep water out of the La Salle County Nursing Home will cost more than county board members hoped.

Engineer Aaron Full told the La Salle County Board that two options for a levee would cost $2.6 to $3.5 million. The lesser costing option would have a levee along the south and west side of the nursing home extending across Dee Bennett Road with a removable flood gate on Dee Bennett. The $3.5 million option would have the same levee design while also elevating Dee Bennett and Koenig Roads.

The part of the project that bothered county board members the most was creating a wetland and water storage pit west of the nursing home. Plans call for an 11-acre wetland with the cost being $40,000 an acre. Part of the levee would eliminate existing wetlands so by law those acres of wetlands need to be developed somewhere new.

After admitting there wasn’t enough money to do the project, Nursing Home Committee Chairman Gary Small suggested they table the levee indefinitely. Despite the risk of losing a $450,000 grant if they wait too long, the board agreed.

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