Alice needs 2 years [UPDATED]Published 10:49am Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Updated 10:52am Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Lake Alice residents and visitors could be two years out on a return to normalcy for the lake and the area around it. That’s what city staff reported at the Monday city council meeting after a question about lake conditions by mayoral candidate John Strauch.
Strauch asked about an expected timeline for completion of road work, water quality work and the raising of the water level at the lake. He also said the lake had appearance and upkeep issues and suggested that Sentencing to Serve inmates might be used to help clear away some unwanted elements.
“I noticed there (are) cattails and a lot of things that have grown up really high,” he said. “It kind of gives a bad look for our city, I feel like.”
City Engineer Dan Edwards said that a timeline on raising the lake (and finishing the roadwork) can’t really be put in place until Interstate Engineering finishes its water quality study at the area. The council then will be presented with available options for improving the lake’s dirty water.
“Without knowing what those options are, at this time we can’t really schedule when the road construction can go forward because we don’t really have a design yet,” he said.
Once the designs are in place, the city would also need to hold public meetings and likely find funding sources for water improvements.
“At the earliest, we’re probably looking at two years down the line,” he said.
He noted that the city has received several calls about cattails and other appearance issues at the lake and said staff is trying to work with the contractors working in the area to get those cleared up, “so far not very satisfactorily.”
Though he didn’t give a date, Edwards and Public Works Director Anne Martens noted that staff is planning a Lake Alice information meeting in the near future. At that time, the city would be able to present more in-depth information about the lake and the current process in figuring out how to improve it. The city would also discuss the possibility of reinstating the ice rink at Lake Alice.