Commission Kills Flood Plan, For Now

Commission Chairman Steve Maier -- Photo by Leslie Stratmoen
Commission Chairman Steve Maier -- Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

As reported Wednesday, the Sheridan County Commission voted down the proposed flood plain management plan, after months of open discussions and public meetings.

But by the time the vote was taken, Tuesday, the most controversial parts of the plan had been omitted. They were the requirement of having new construction be one foot above the base flood elevation and making those in flood plain areas pay an engineer for a flood plain study if not remapped.

Commissioner Terry Cram, who voted against the plan, said those decisions should be left up to the building owners.

Commissioners Mike Nickel and Bob Rolston voted against the plan, too. Rolston said he just wasn't comfortable yet, with the wording.

Commission Chairman Steve Maier, who voted for the plan, maintained that the issues had been addressed.

No date was sent for the flood management plan to be put back on the agenda, but Maier said they need to have a plan in place soon, so residents can take advantage of federal help.

The new plan is a major update, because the original is nearly 25 years old, dating back to 1989. Copies of the current, working flood management plan, are available at the county courthouse, which is located at the corner of Main and Burkitt streets.

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