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Birnen Pond Project

The objective of the Birnen Pond Project is to preserve and enhance the water quality of receiving waters. These objectives will be achieved by installing a new outlet structure and repairing the emergency spillway of the pond. 

The pond of interest is located adjacent to Birnen Drive in the Cameron Wood neighborhood east of Park Road.  The existing spillway is in a deteriorated condition and the perceived primary spillway is clogged.  There are numerous existing trees on the spillway, of which a number of them will be protected due to property owner direction.

Estimated Cost:  $580,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.
 Birnen Pond Project Map
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Birnen Pond Project through the phases listed below.

Planning Phase (Completed Summer of 2010)
During the planning phase, several improvement alternatives were developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.  A recommended alternative was selected and used as a guide for the design. 

Design Phase (Completed May 2011) 
The engineering consultant is working closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design.  Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.

Permitting Phase
No permits are currently required on this project.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed Spring 2011)
The City works with citizens and organizations to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), Access Easements (AEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs).  The City requests that SDEs, AEs, and TCEs be donated to provide the City access and certain rights to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  The essential easements have been donated, but the City is still working with the property owners related to design specific issues.

Bid Phase (Completed)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.  The bid phase of a project typically lasts 4 to 5 months.

Construction Phase (Completed October 2012)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector.  Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  Construction involves earth work, concrete work, and other activities typically associated with a construction project. 

Corky Botkin, PE
City Project Manager

John Schrum, P.E.
Senior Water Quality Engineer

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Doug Lozner
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


September 2012
May 2012
September 2011