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Supervisors take up dredging issue

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors plans to discuss lake dredging at its regular meeting today.

At the heart of the matter will be what kind of financial support the county could provide in an expanded dredging project.

A plan presented by the Lake Preservation Association to the supervisors has the county purchasing a dredge for approximately $600,000 as part of a multi-million dollar lake restoration project.

The LPA hopes to dredge half the 3,200-acre lake at a fraction of the cost the state is spending to dredge 180 acres.

The City of Storm Lake has purchased land that could be a potential spoil site and the City of Lakeside has contributed $30,000 in local option sales tax receipts with the promise of more in subsequent years.

Also, the Storm Lake City Council passed a resolution yesterday guaranteeing additional funding if the county purchases a dredge.

The LPA approached the county in regards to purchasing the dredge because of the county's familiarity with heavy equipment.

According to the county attorney, the board could borrow up to $400,000 for the project, which would have to be paid back from the general fund. If the board decides to go that way, it would hold a public hearing. The board could also issue general obligation bonds if it is determined the project meets the qualifications.

The LPA would like to have commitment from the county by the time DNR Director Jeff Vonk visits Storm Lake on June 18 for the LPA annual meeting.

LPA members will provide an update on their request to the board starting shortly after 1 p.m. today.

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