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Discussion continues on river rehabilitation project

June 30, 2018

NORFOLK - Discussions continued on Norfolk’s upcoming Johnson Park River Rehabilitation Project during Thursday night’s Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources Board of Directors meeting.

General Manager Mike Sousek said he has received calls regarding the request from Norfolk for $1-million in funding.

Some board members expressed concerns regarding giving that much money to one community in the district compared do what’s been done in the past.

Board member Matt Steffen said he looks at Norfolk’s project as being more of a want in relation to what other communities had done.

“Those seem more like a need, I mean the government required West Point to fix the levee, Randolph needed to get out of the floodplain. The example was if a tornado came through like Pilger, they couldn’t rebuild so those seem more like a need and this seems more like a want to me” Steffen said.

Board member Joel Hansen said this project is not only going to benefit Norfolk, but the entire district.

Sousek said discussion will continue at the next meeting.