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Landslide Task Force Provides Recommendations to City Council

Post Date:09/27/2019 2:30 PM

The City Council's Landslide Task Force presented a list of recommendations to the Council on Tuesday, September 24. The primary recommendation is that the City contract for a hydrologic and geotechnical assessment of its vulnerability to future landslides and mudflows.

The task force was created in the aftermath of the February 14, 2019, mudflow in the Hurricane Gulch neighborhood, which endangered lives and caused an estimated $10 million in property damage.

Membership of the task force consists of Councilmember/Council Liaison Ray Withy, Councilmember Jill Hoffman, Engineering Geologist Michael Stewart, Planning Commissioner Kristina Feller, former County Counsel Steven Woodside, and Vice Chair of the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee Sandra Bushmaker.

The assessment recommended by the task force would map local geology and geologic hazards for both slope stability and seismic hazards. The hazard maps would assist the City in identifying public drainage systems that are in need of updates and repairs. The maps are also likely to identify open space areas upslope of City infrastructure or residential structures that have a potential for failure. Such areas could then be prioritized for stabilization measures to minimize or eliminate future failures.

Other task force recommendations include creating a mechanism for residents to report emerging landslide risks, the development of new building and remodeling guidelines, and the formation of a Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD).

Following the presentation, the City Council directed City staff to review the task force report and develop staff recommendations to be presented at a future Council meeting.

READ THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE LANDSLIDE TASK FORCE
WATCH THE PRESENTATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 24
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