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Corps of Engineers Approves Permit For Lafayette Creek

City crews doing channel work at the sinkhole site on Mountain View Drive; sinkhole opened up on Dec. 2.

The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday morning approved an expedited permit for the city of Lafayette to work on the Lafayette Creek waterway as it traverses the sinkhole-collapsed area of Mountain View Drive.

The city and its work crews are working on maintaining a proper channel for the water in the rainy season while designing a permanent fix for Mountain View Drive in the collapse area. City officials worked some late hours to get the application to the Corps office on Friday morning.

The Corps, as the nation's environmental steward under auspices of the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act, "remains committed to supporting our friends and neighbors where we live and work," said John D. Hardesty, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the San Francisco District.

The normal permit cycle can take months, Hardesty said, "depending on the scope of the project and outside collaboration that may be required with other regulatory agencies."

TSmith December 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
It won't be cheap to fix. One more reason the City Council should vote no at tonight's meeting on the proposal to give away almost $40,000 of our money as bonuses to our highly paid City Manager - who alone earns more than double the average family income of Lafayette residents - and to our city staff, who are diing quite well for themselves, especially after those pay raises a few years ago. Sure, they've haven't recently received a raise and take a furlough here and there, but they are far better off than must of us in the private sector and than their counterparts elsewhere in the county. Their high compensation and great situation is why there is so little attrition. Residents pay taxes for services, roads, and protection, not to give holiday gifts to city employees.
lovelafayette December 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
They should just let there be a creek there. Why do we need to channel the creek at all at that point? Put in a footbridge and call it a day. I agree with TS, EVERY city employee is overpaid, and most are under-worked. Falk's salary and benefits are way out of line in a reacession. We could hire a great city manager for 1/2 the price.

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