Dredging nearly finished on Millers Creek

Dredging nearly finished on Millers Creek
Dredging equipment owned by contractor Brance Diversified Inc. was seen in the middle of Millers Creek on Sept. 30.

Once its contract was signed, Brance Diversified, Inc. – known as BDI – let no grass grow under its feet when it came to taking over the job of dredging Millers Creek.

The Millers Creek Special Tax District Board voted to hire BDI at its meeting Sept. 21, and dredging equipment was visible in the middle of the creek before the end of September.

After a legal dispute with DredgIt, the Texas-based company first hired by the board, was settled Sept. 22 through a confidential agreement, the Millers Creek homeowner board hired BDI to complete the job. 

BDI has been contracted to remove 16,000 cubic yards of sediment from the creek bed by creating a 50-foot-wide, 5-foot-deep, wish-bone shaped channel throughout the creek at a cost to the tax district of $45 per cubic yard. The cost of the project is expected to be $720,000. Because  the board can only afford to dredge the channel, Millers Creek residents are expected to contract individually with BDI to dredge the portion of the creek leading to their private docks, said Millers Creek Special Tax District President John Rowland.

“We hope to have the dredging project done by the end of the month,” Rowland said in late October. “Everything is going good. Fingers crossed. When we get done with this, we will be thrilled. There will be nothing left to do except to go out and enjoy our boats.”

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