The flooding which occurred more than a year ago in Neosho, has caused some issues for Hickory Creek stream bank.

The flooding which occurred more than a year ago in Neosho, has caused some issues for Hickory Creek stream bank.

On Tuesday during the Neosho City Council meeting, Dana Daniel, interim city manage, talked about a project to repair Hickory Creek stream bank.

"The flood last year resulted in a movement of Hickory Creek in some areas and the area by the soccer fields specifically by Kwik Mart that stream moved to the west, so it is moving closer to our waling trail," he said. "(Missouri) Soil and Conservation has approached us because they feel like to address that that could undermine walking trail over a period of time."

The stretch is probably an 80-foot stretch that they are concerned about.

"It is just pushed in, you look down and think 'that is not bad,' but once you get to the side, you realize that it is where it cuts back in and it is going to keep cutting back," said Daniel. "Normally, funds would not be available for it. But they (Soil and Conservation) had actually come into some funds that is designated for streams. They approached us... they said, 'you have an erosion problem, we have some funding, maybe we can work together on this.' Their criteria is they can reimburse 90 percent up to $25,000. This project I think would come in around $32,000 with the engineering and actual work itself. But it would stabilize that bank. And the reason that it would be a concern if we didn't is the approximately to the walking trail.

Daniel's proposal was asking the council to submit the application to proceed

"But with the understanding that the funding would come from our upcoming budget 2019 fiscal year, where we would set aside funds for this," he said. "We estimate - based on the engineer's estimate - that the city's portion would be $8,100 plus some change. We would have to pay it in full and then be reimbursed, but our reimbursement would be $22,384. We would basically pull that back a little bit, eliminate the gagged edge, stabilize it and as that stream moves east-to west, it shouldn't erode anymore, it shouldn't affect our trail."

The engineering portion has been complete. The council approved the measure.

"Since the council approved, we will incorporate that into next year's budget - which starts Oct. 1," Daniel said. "(Missouri) Soil and Conservation is fine with that... I think that we have to finish that by the end of the year, so it will be a quick turnaround. the work itself will start right after October."