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City, county leaders dredge up joint optimism: 'Opportunity we can't waste'

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

The dredging and watershed improvement project underway on Storm Lake should benefit the entire county, according to members of the county supervisors and officials from the City of Storm Lake.

Those remarks came at a meeting between the county and cities last night in Storm Lake.

Topics discussed at the meeting ranged from a drop in ag land values, the expiration of the local option sales tax and the paving of some roads.

Supervisor Lorna Burnside said the dredging project shows that the city, county and state can work together, noting how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to use this project as a partnering prototype.

"The DNR will use this as a model for anyone that wants some work done in their community," she said.

The fact that the county will be able to sell the dredge after the project is over is also a benefit, she added.

Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse noted how half of the lakefront is county property, while the cities of Lakeside and Storm Lake sit on the other shores.

He said improvements to the lake are not just a City of Storm Lake issue. "It is a countywide, regional issue. It helps the tax base... and if you help any of those things you're going to benefit everybody," he said.

Supervisor Bill Lanphere said the working relationship with the DNR is one that has never existed before. He said the local entities need to work toward this spirit of cooperation, even if the economy is poor.

"It's just an opportunity we can't waste," he said.

Storm Lake City Administrator John Call said the dredge is slated to begin pumping on Thursday.

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