Metro Flood Diversion Authority Meeting Minutes – June 24, 2021

Metro Flood Diversion Authority Meeting Minutes

June 24, 2021

Metro Flood Diversion Authority Meeting Minutes        

A regular meeting of the Metro Flood Diversion Authority Board of Authority was held on June 24, 2021. The following members were present: Shelly Carlson, Mayor, City of Moorhead; Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor, City of Fargo; Bernie Dardis, Mayor, City of West Fargo; Chad Peterson, Cass County Commissioner; Chuck Hendrickson, Moorhead City Council; David Ebinger, Clay County Commissioner; Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commissioner; Mary Scherling, Cass County Commissioner; Rick Steen, Cass County Commissioner; Arlette Preston, Fargo City Commissioner; Larry Seljevold, Moorhead City Council and Rodger Olson, Cass County Joint Water Resource District.

Member absent: John Strand, Fargo City Commissioner.

1.CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Carlson called the meeting to order at 3:31 PM. Roll call was taken, and a quorum was present.

 

2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM MAY 2021 MEETING

     MOTION PASSED

Mayor Dardis moved to approve the May 2021 minutes as presented and Mr. Piepkorn seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

3. APPROVE ORDER OF AGENDA

      MOTION PASSED

Mr. Steen moved to approve the order of the agenda and Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL

       MOTION PASSED

Mr. Campbell moved to approve the consent agenda and Dr. Mahoney seconded the motion. On a roll call vote, the motion carried.

4. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT

Mr. Paulsen provided the following June update:

Communications

  • Executive Director media blitz post award

P3 updates

  • P3 awarded to successful proposer at special meeting on June 18, 2021
  • Closed on WIFIA loan on June 18, 2021

Construction

  • NuStar Pipeline relocation

On-going coordination

  • Utility/Township/Municipality MOUs and Agreements
  • Multiple policies and plans per settlement agreement – Cemeteries, Comstock, Christine, BRRWD, multiple lands related policies
  • Permit coordination

5. GENERAL COUNCIL UPDATE

Mr. Shockley provided a summary and explanation outlining the purpose and need for the following resolutions:

  1. Resolution Requesting that Cass County Acquire Road Rights-Of-Way for Drain 27
  2. Resolution Requesting that Cass County Acquire Road Rights-Of-Way for SE-2a

         MOTION PASSED

Dr. Mahoney moved to approve resolutions 5a & 5b together and Mr. Peterson seconded the motion. On a roll call vote, the motion carried.

6. USACE PROJECT UPDATE

Kris Bakkegard provided the following USACE update in the absence of Ms. Williams:

1 Diversion Inlet Structure Construction

Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. Work resumed in late-February. Construction is 51% complete with a required completion date of 7 June 2023. Anticipated remaining schedule:

  • 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure, dam walls.
  • 2021: Complete dam walls, concrete piers, stilling basin and walls. Continue gate fabrication.
  • 2022: Install bridge deck, gates, and operating machinery.
  • 2023: Paint gates, seed.
  • 2024: Turf established.

2 Wild Rice River Structure Construction

Structure includes 2-40 ft. wide Tainter gates. Work resumed in late-February. Construction is 40% complete with a required completion date of 20 October 2023. Anticipated schedule:

  • 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure, dam embankment.
  • 2021: Approach walls and apron, stilling basin and walls, preloads. Continue gate fabrication.
  • 2022: Control building, dam embankment.
  • 2023: Complete excavation, dam embankment, gate installation, seed.
  • 2024: Turf established.

3 I-29 Raise Construction

Includes approximately 4 miles of interstate raise south of the Wild Rice River. Utilizes excess borrow material from the future site of the Red River Structure. Required completion date NLT 1 January 2024.

4 Southern Embankment – Reach SE-1 (Western Tieback) Construction

Includes approximately 2 miles of dam embankment construction, starting southwest of the Diversion Inlet Structure location. Required completion date NLT 30 June 2023.

5 Red River Structure Design

Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. The design of this critical-path feature remains on schedule. The final review is scheduled to begin mid-July 2021. Final plans and specs are scheduled to be completed in late-August 2021.

6 Southern Embankment – Reach SE-1B Design

65% review scheduled to begin in October 2021.

7 Southern Embankment – Reach SE-2A and 2B Design

The final design review is scheduled to begin mid-August 2021. Final plans and specifications are scheduled for November 2021. Reach SE-2B 35% design review is scheduled to begin mid-Aug 2021.

8 Drain 27 Wetland Mitigation Project Design

The final plans and specs are due 30 July 2021. Award of a construction contract is anticipated in 2nd quarter FY2022.

9 Drayton Dam Mitigation Project Design

The final plans and specs will be delayed from August to October 2021 in order to incorporate additional comments from the MnDNR. This mitigation project includes replacing the existing dam to incorporate fish passage.

7. PUBLIC OUTREACH UPDATE

Ms. Darling reported the communications strategy that will be utilized by the P3 vendor has been finalized in draft version and will be distributed for comments. The final version will be presented at the July Public Outreach and Board of Authority meetings.

8. LAND MANAGEMENT UPDATES

Mrs. Scherling stated that the Land committee did not meet, and she did not have an update. She deferred to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Olson for their updates.

Mr. Campbell reported that the MCCJPA met today, and the environmental worksheet process has closed, the MNDNR question/comments have been answered and a negative EIS determination was made for the Drayton Dam.

They continue to monitor the easement process. The Board has authorized four properties for the LRED process. One agreement has been proposed and a second may be coming soon, and communications continue with the other two property owners.

Mr. Olson commented that they are still working on the environmental easements and the primary issue is the 50-year timeframe.

 9. FINANCE UPDATE

Mayor Dardis reported that the Finance committee met, the MOUs were discussed and approved as well as the LAD for SE2a.

10. OTHER BUSINESS

There was no other business.

11. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be July 22, 2021 at 3:30 PM.

12. ADJOURNMENT

     MOTION PASSED

Mr. Steen moved to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.