Originally presented at StormCon 2023.
Flooding has long been a plague in the City of Brentwood along Deer Creek between Hanley Road and South Brentwood Boulevard with 26 floods since 1957, which caused significant public safety issues and property damage. The Brentwood Bound Project is a comprehensive plan to renew the Manchester Road corridor via three main components to the plan: Deer Creek Flood Mitigation, Manchester Road Improvements, and Deer Creek Greenway Connector. The flood mitigation component of Brentwood Bound includes improvements to Deer Creek that when completed will create more flow capacity along the creek to alleviate frequent widespread flooding and provide opportunities for businesses in the area. In addition to the flood mitigation improvements, the City of Brentwood is constructing the Deer Creek Greenway Connector, a new park pavilion with amphitheater, retention ponds and a destination playground. The completed improvements have the potential to connect to more than 28 miles of greenways in the St. Louis region as well as to the new parking lot to Brentwood Park. A groundbreaking event occurred in April 2022 for the Deer Creek Greenway Connector with completion scheduled to occur around summer 2023. The Brentwood Bound Project is funded through a combination of grant funding, partnerships, funding from certificates of participation, and a one-half of 1% economic development sales tax.
About the Presenters
Daniel Gummersheimer is the Public Works Director and City Engineer for the City of Brentwood, Missouri. He came to Brentwood in July 2016 after serving as a Project Manager Engineer on water and wastewater infrastructure improvements for a water utility company. Prior to that experience, he served as a Division Manager at a private company specializing in contract operations of water, wastewater, and full public works services for municipalities, water districts, and sewer districts in Missouri and Iowa. Prior to contract operations, he serviced as the Project Manager and Utilities Engineer for relocation, replacement, and new installation of water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, natural gas, and electrical utilities as part of the Cross County MetroLink Expansion into St. Louis County which included Brentwood and nearby communities such as Clayton, Richmond Heights, Maplewood, and others.
Mr. Gummersheimer has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Business Administration and Project Management degrees from Keller Graduate School of Management in St. Louis. In addition, he is licensed as a Professional Engineer in both Illinois and Missouri. Lastly, his experience has included efficiency improvements in the operations of water and wastewater facilities, public works, and overall functions of public and private infrastructure.
Eric Gruenenfelder has worked in municipal recreation for the past twenty-three years, spending the last ten years as the Director of Parks & Recreation/Assistant City Administrator at the City of Brentwood. As a member of the City’s Brentwood Bound Administration Project Team, Eric has focused on the park and greenspace development as well as assisting with the procurement and management grants related to Brentwood Bound. Eric enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching soccer, hiking and biking.