There will be a Barry County Commission of the Whole meeting on April 4th, 9 AM, at the Barry County Courthouse/Commission Chambers. A presentation will be given by Dan Fredrick, Land and Resource Engineering, regarding the replacement of our dam. Dan has given me permission to link to his report: (thank you, Dan!)
If you don’t have time to read the 61 pages (it’s fascinating stuff, really!) – here’s the upshot of all the engineering work:
The sandy soil under the dam will continue to erode.
A new sheet-piling dam, driven down 15′ should be built just in front of the existing dam.
Assessed via GLIB’s structure; plus contributions from the townships that abut the lake.
Deb’s note/opinion: we need to share this cost further upstream, to include at least Payne Lake; and downstream throughout the Dam-failure Flood Zone. A battle we’ll save for later…..