The drive is on for a new road between Storm Lake and Lakeside.
"Lakeside needs another street to relieve the pressure of traffic, especially with the growing amount of recreation traffic of people pulling large boats, fifth wheels and travel trailers that have grown to the size of Greyhound buses," says Burt Bonebrake, a member of the Lakeside City Council.
Bonebrake has proposed construction of a new road to the Lakeside Council, and has also approached Storm Lake city officials with the idea.
He says that the road should run from the county "Lakeside Blacktop" to the lake, beginning in the area that was once the Pink Elephant shop, between the woodland area and the Lakeside residential area. The street would follow the old Milwaukee Railroad right of way curving to emerge in the area that has been the Lakeside burn pile, and then connecting to Sunrise Park Road.
"When the AWAYSIS lodge is opened, and the projects at the golf course completed, there is going to be a lot of traffic on Sunrise Park road as it is.
"If we can get some of the boat and RV traffic onto the new road, it will be good for both Storm Lake and Lakeside, and for both of the campgrounds," Bonebrake said.
A small portion of the land required would need to be provided by Storm Lake. Bonebrake said Storm Lake city officials have encouraged him to submit a proposal for city council consideration. However, he has yet to get the blessing of his own Lakeside city council, he admits.
In discussion at the most recent meetings, some members have been reluctant to sign off on the project, and one argues for the new road to take a different path, straight from the blacktop to Sunrise Park Road (known as Lakeshore Drive within Lakeside city limits.)
Bonebrake said he is concerned that such a direct path would disturb too much of the woodland and wetland area, and possibly put traffic too close to the ballfield. Also, the curved version of the roadway would help to hold down traffic speed, he said.
"My mother was a great gardener, and I've always remembered what she used to say about lines," he laughs. "Straight for duty, curved for beauty."
"I walked (the proposed) route, and what I am asking for would be three-tenths of a mile, and where it would come out, there would be just a tremendous panoramic view of the lake, the marina, the picnic shelter and so on. I think it would be a real addition."
Such a road would allow tourists to easily pull into either campground without having to make their way through a crowded hotel and water park area.
He knows the area well. As a young man in the World War II era, Bonebrake was employed for a time pulling the Milwaukee rails out of the right-of-way which can still be seen in the Lakeside area.
The Lakeside councilman has obtained an aerial photo of the Lakeside region and mapped out the proposed roadway to take to Storm Lake officials in the near future.
Flagpole project ready
In other Lakeside city news, the council has approved the construction of a round concrete pad and large flagpole, to replace a small pole on city hall.
A contractor has been obtained to build the 16-20-foot concrete circle in the area leased by the Davis family between their marina and campground and the Cobblestone Inn site. The pole has already been purchased and will be installed as soon as the concrete is ready.
Trail proposal on hold
A proposal to extend the LakeTrail recreation path through Lakeside is also under discussion this season, but has been delayed while waiting for cost estimates for the project. City officials hope to have the estimates in hand in time for the next monthly council meeting.
Bonebrake said that if the council approves of the project, a proposal could then be written and a grant writer obtained to work toward funding of the project. The Iowa Department of Transportation may also have trail funds available, and the city would need to meet a September application deadline to be considered, he said.