Production to step up in 2004
By STEVE HERMANN
Wetherell Trust has given the the Storm Lake Improvement Commission an early Christmas present.
The commission received the good news Monday when commission chair Gary Lalone announced that Wetherell has reduced the lease price for its spoil containment site from last year's price of $65,000 to $38,000 for the upcoming season.
Asked why Wetherell decided to lower the cost, Lalone said the decision is another example of how the lake project is seen by all entities as a 'community project.'
"This is a win-win proposal for all of us," Lalone said. " We get a tremendous savings on our budget and Wetherell gets those cells filled with good quality material.
"The commission will be putting in $3,000 worth of silt fencing to control erosion and they have asked us to finish filling the south cell before starting on the north cell. This is something we can do. It's great news for the dredging project."
Lalone also said that Wetherell asked the commission to provide access to the north cell, which the commission will construct.
In other commission news:
John Call reported that work on the new spoil containment site was underway and that 10 percent of the work appeared to be finished.
"They're still working but things are winding down for the winter," Call said. "They have removed around 60,000 cubic yards of material and started the dike work."
He said work would slow and eventually halt due to the weather. He expects the pipe to carry water back to the lake from the site to be laid this spring.
The site will be ready to go into service later in next year's dredging season.
As for the dredge itself, Call said this could be the most important winter for the project.
"We've got the motor out it's being prepared to be taken in for its overhaul, either in Sioux Falls, S.D. or Minneapolis," he said. "Palmer Olson is taking the dredge head to Louisiana to see if it can be rebuilt or replaced.
"By the time the winter's over, we'll our production capabilities will be much greater."
The new position of coordinator for the Storm Lake watershed is awaiting final grant approval from the EPA, it was reported.