Monday, June 15, 2015

America's Biggest Boondoggle's Semi-Permanent Temporary Construction Easement Agenda

What you are looking at here is a screencap of a webpage on the City of Fort Worth website, detailing an item on the city council agenda.

Captain Andy sent me the link to the city council's agenda, figuring, I suppose, that I would find it interesting.

Captain Andy figured correctly.

I'll copy two paragraphs...

The purpose of the temporary construction easement adjacent to the Brennan Service Center is to allow the Tarrant Regional Water District and the US Army Corps of Engineers to complete construction in the easement area for the Trinity River Vision - Central City Project.  Fill is being excavated from the flood plain area next to the Trinity River and deposited on the closed Brennan landfill site.  This project will provide additional flood storage as was prescribed in the Record of Decision and environmental documents for the Trinity River Vision - Central City Project.  

On April 14, 2009, (M&C L-14750) the City Council authorized a temporary construction easement on four tracts of land for a term of seven years.  This temporary construction easement is needed to continue construction efforts on three of the four tracts of land during the Trinity River Vision implementation, which will continue beyond the original seven years.  This temporary construction easement will provide an additional seven year term for completion of the Trinity River Vision - Central City Project. 

Well, first off, I guess the city did not get the memo that the latest name for The Boondoggle is Trinity River Central City Panther Island Vision Boondoggle.

I have long opined regarding my utter amazement that America's Biggest Boondoggle has absolutely no overall project timeline, like most public works projects have. The closest to a project timeline I have ever seen is The Boondoggle's four year project timeline to build three simple little bridges over dry land to connect the Fort Worth mainland to an imaginary island.

Apparently way back in the previous decade The Boondoggle had the city approve something called a temporary construction easement, with this having something to do with excavating fill from the flood plain to make for additional flood storage. The city granted The Boondoggle the construction easement for seven years.

Well, what with The Boondoggle being America's Biggest Boondoggle, The Boondoggle was unable to get the flood plain work done in the time allotted. So, The Boondoggle asked the city to give them another seven year temporary construction easement.

Seven plus seven is fourteen. Fourteen years does not sound very temporary to me.

So, does this mean we are still at least seven years away from The Boondoggle's vital flood control project protecting us from a flood?

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