2012 Norman Road and River Bank Committee report
Members: Tom Odegaard, Orlan Swenson, Mike Gustafson, Paul Berg, and Hank Trangsrud
Midwest Testing Lab/Terracon (Fargo, ND) submitted their Sheyenne river bank stabilization geotechnical report to Houston Engineering, Inc (Fargo, ND) on November 6, 2012. The geotechnical report is 51 pages long and will remain on display in the Norman Church Library. In brief, none of the original stabilization options (including the 78-foot sheet pile option 1 estimated at a cost of $1.7 million) will sufficiently abate the steady regression of the river bank. A summary from the engineer’s report from lead engineer Rick St. Germain is provided below.
SUMMARY AND RCOMMENDATIONS
Houston Engineering recommends it is prudent to discontinue project development and cease the expenditure of additional engineering costs at this time.”
Based on this information, the Road and River Bank Committee submitted a letter to the Southeast Cass Water Resource District stating the following,
“In light of the information provided by Houston Engineering in the report addressed to Southeast Cass Water Resource District dated November 30, 2012 concerning the unstable soils in the river bank by the Norman church, our church council has decided at this point to stop further efforts to attempt to stabilize the river bank. The estimated costs are far beyond what our church could consider.
We therefore request that the SE Cass WRD stop work on the proposed project. We also request that all accumulated costs thus far on the project be paid and any remaining funds from the $35,000 bond on deposits with SEC-WRD be refunded to the Norman Lutheran Church.”
These geotechnical reports will now be provided to the Norman Building Committee to use in their continued efforts.
Below are each of the reports in PDF format.
Feasibility Report and Estimates
Feasibility Plan and Sections
Geo Technical Engineering Report
Topographical with Image