News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

August 27, 2013

Park board approves drainage, dam work

Bike trail council members named

TERRE HAUTE — Repairs to a dam for Ruble Lake at Fowler Park and replacement of culvert drainage pipes will wipe out the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department’s capital projects fund.

The Vigo County Park Board Monday gave its support for work that includes “slip-lining” three culvert drainage pipes under roads at Hawthorn Park, plus digging out and replacing an aluminum culvert pipe under a road in Fowler Park.

“We will shut down part of Hawthorn for a couple of days, then the other half to do the work,” said Adam Grossman, parks assistant superintendent.

That work will cost about $49,800.

The county’s capital projects fund contains about $106,000, said Parks Superintendent Kara Kish. The remainder left from the Hawthorn project will be used for required work at the Fowler Park dam, she said.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Water is requiring the parks department to complete, by Jan. 1, a geotechnical and hydrologic/hydraulic study of the dam and its spillway.

The department will use Banning Engineering and Patriot Engineering and Environmental Inc. for the work.

Banning, serving as the general contractor, is to develop plans/specifications to improve the safety of the dam/spillway.

Work will include soil borings along the crest of the dam and along the downstream toe of the dam, among other areas. Work also includes a slope stability analysis for normal and unusual loading conditions, based on soil laboratory tests of the embankment and foundation materials. Then reconstruction plans and specifications will be done.

Park officials have lowered Ruble Lake by 18 inches to relieve pressure on the dam’s spillway. Another requirement, Grossman said, is a new inlet for the dam, to meet new standards. That could add to the cost of the project if the inlet must be relocated.

Grossman said once the hydraulic/geotechnical study is done, construction to bring the dam into compliance could cost at least $300,000.

Kish said that cost could be higher, depending on the study. The park department will then seek additional funds from the Vigo County Council and possible grant funds.

She said the park department must meet DNR requirements or the lake must be drained to a level that would eliminate recreational abilities at Fowler Park. If that is done, the dam must also be breached.

“It is all or nothing,” Kish told the board. Board members stated their support to maintain the lake.

“We have wonderful parks and we have not had to spend much in the past years” on capital improvements, said Board President Peggy Harlan.

n In other business, the Park Board appointed a new advisory council to research the possibility of establishing a mountain bike trail system in the Fowler Park Wilderness Area.

The members, to serve a 12-month term, are Dave Sutphin, Jeriah Threlfal, Jerry Harnack, Klaine Tanner, Superior Court Judge Chris Newton, Dr. Grant Hammons, Gene Griffin and Nate Broadbent.

The committee will hold monthly meetings that will be open to the public. An initial meeting has not yet been scheduled, but likely will be by the end of this week. The council will report quarterly to the Park Board, Kish said.

Kish will serve as the ninth voting member on the advisory council. Kish said it is expected to take at least 24 months before a final project is ready for the Park Board to vote on. The members will serve one-year terms to allow others to serve or they can be reappointed, Kish said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010