A special meeting of the Wood River Drainage and Levee District has been called for Monday at 8am. The board recently lost two of its three board members to resignation, leading Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan to appoint two new members. That is one of the issues a county board member who is running against Dunstan in the fall has brought up in his displeasure over how the district business has been handled.
The district oversees a good portion of the flood plain in Chris Slusser's District. Slusser says he has offered names for possible appointment to the board in the past, but no action has been taken. As for the actual integrity of the levees, District Vice President Leroy Emerick says he feels they are more than adequate.
The entire levee system from Alton to Columbia is being upgraded so as to avoid possible decertification by FEMA, which has also been a controversial issue for a number of years. On tomorrow's agenda will be the election of officers for the remainder of the fiscal year, the appointment of a secretary, and the passage of a resolution as necessary to provide for the continued operation of the district. The meeting will be held at the District's office at 543 West Madison Avenue.