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Commission plans $1.6m dredging spoil site

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

The Lake Improvements Commission agreed to proceed with a plan to build a new spoil site by next summer.

Bob Payer, civil engineer with Kuehl and Payer Ltd, gave specifics for the proposed site on the east side of the lake in a commission meeting Monday. It is predicted that the current Wetherell site may fill up by the middle of next summer.

The new site is projected to cost slightly less than $1.6 million and will be completed by July 30, 2004. It would hold approximately 3.2 million cubic yards of spoil. The Wetherell has the potential to hold 500,000 cubic yards.

To fund the project, the commission has $400,000 in state funding as of July 1 and $247,000 cash on hand donated by the City of Storm Lake. The Lake Preservation Association has close to $700,000 in pledges they will receive in increments over the next five years. Congressman Steve King is working to pass a bill through Congress that would allocate $200,000 to the project.

So while the total amount needed to fund the project is not in the bank right now, the commission has until July 30, or whenever the project is completed, to round up the funds.

"The money is going to be there, no doubt about it," said City Administrator John Call.

The Floodplains Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the permit for the project, which should be approved by the Sept. 22 letting.

A public hearing for the project is set for Sept. 22 and bids will be considered then. Once the project is begun, the time frame for completion is 180 calendar days.

The land for the site was sold to the commission for $1 by the City of Storm Lake, and the dike elevation will run from 28 to 35 feet high. The location will be accessible to spoil dredged out of the east side of the lake, which has not been dredged since 1930.

"I think we need to move forward with this," said Commission Chairman Gary Lalone. "This is very exciting."

So far this summer, 41,500 cubic yards of silt has been removed from a 200 by 800 foot area. By the end of the season, a total of 200,000 cubic yards of material should be removed, said Call.

Last week, the dredge started operating on a 12 hour shift five days a week.

"I am happy to report that the dredge is pumping day in, day out," Call said.

So while the total amount needed to fund the project is not in the bank right now, the commission has until July 30, or whenever the project is completed, to round up the funds.

"The money is going to be there, no doubt about it," said City Administrator John Call.

The Floodplains Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the permit for the project, which should be approved by the Sept. 22 letting.

A public hearing for the project is set for Sept. 22 and bids will be considered then. Once the project is begun, the time frame for completion is 180 calendar days.

The land for the site was sold to the commission for $1 by the City of Storm Lake, and the dike elevation will run from 28 to 35 feet high. The location will be accessible to spoil dredged out of the east side of the lake, which has not been dredged since 1930.

"I think we need to move forward with this," said Commission Chairman Gary Lalone. "This is very exciting."

So far this summer, 41,500 cubic yards of silt has been removed from a 200 by 800 foot area. By the end of the season, a total of 200,000 cubic yards of material should be removed, said Call.

Last week, the dredge started operating on a 12 hour shift five days a week.

"I am happy to report that the dredge is pumping day in, day out," Call said.



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