Llano mulls lake dredging options
August 20, 2013, 7:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Llano City Council Monday moved forward with the town’s lake dredging project by authorizing city staff to explore purchasing new and old dredging equipment and discussing a possible $35,000 contract for survey mapping.
City Manager Brenton Lewis reported the city has been looking into dredging the town lakes —Park Lake and Town Lake — for about three months, and said the project will cost $3-5 million.
Lewis asked council members if the city should purchase its
own equipment, which he said started at $50,000 for used. In turn, each council
member recommended exploring both used and new equipment.
The hydrographic survey would determine what materials are in the lake and the amount that needs to be removed. The estimate quoted for this service by Pond Medics, Inc., was $35,000.
Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Hazel said spending money for the survey was an unnecessary use of funds.
"I don’t think we need to spend $30,000 to tell us that thing is full of sand,” he said.
Alderman Allen Hopson agreed, calling the expense a "waste” and suggesting the city could possibly do it themselves.
Keith Jackson, a citizen of Llano, explained that survey mapping is an efficient way to determine what materials are at the bottom of the lake, which makes it easier for companies when it comes time to bid.
"If you don’t know what’s down there, it’s tough to have companies bid on it,” he said.
Hazel called the dredging a "short-term goal,” and said he hopes the city continues to keep its main objective mind.
"I don’t want to lose sight of finding a
second source of water,” he said.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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