Mayor holds meeting over drainage issues

Mayor holds meeting over drainage issues

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin held a meeting Thursday to discuss several items facing the city's drainage issues.

U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of the state's congressional delegations attended the meeting.

According to a press release, much of the meeting focused on Big Bay Ditch, an ongoing construction project for the Corps of Engineers.

City engineer Craig Light said while most of the work is in Cross and Poinsett counties, it is a primary drainage path of rainwater for the city of Jonesboro.

"This is where 60 percent of our city's water drains, so it's clear what a priority this work is," Perrin said. "We've learned that a lot of our drainage problems lie beyond our city limits, so we have to work with all our partners to make not just Jonesboro safe, but Craighead County and all of the region."

"The Corps has stepped up for us time and again, and I am so thankful that Col. Ellicott and the Corps have committed their services to Jonesboro," Perrin added.

Another issue facing Jonesboro was their master drainage plan.

The city plans to do a feasibility study starting in 2018, pending approval of Congress and funding from the Appropriations Committee. Perrin plans to travel to Washington D.C. this month to meet with the state's congressional delegation.

Light said the city is looking at a five-year process, which Perrin adds makes the meetings more urgent.

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