Barry County will likely back a loan to the County Drain Commission to pay costs incurred since an emergency effort saved the Gun Lake Dam in May of 2015. Despite the temporary repairs, engineers inspected it and advised that, given the condition of the dam, it be replaced.
The project now underway to replace it has wide support of the Gun Lake residents who will be in a special assessment district to pay the cost, but that has not been set yet, Drain Commissioner Jim Dull told commissioners.
Dull estimates they will need 18 months to determine the construction costs, “then we’ll go the regular route to pay it back,” he said. The committee of the whole moved the proposal to the next regular commission meeting with a recommendation for approval.
The Barry County Circuit Court will determine the normal lake level of Gun Lake and establish a special assessment district.
In other business Tuesday, Commissioner David Jackson was named officer delegate and Commissioner Ben Geiger the alternate, to the annual Municipal Employee Retirement System meeting Sept. 21-22 in Detroit. Karen Barnes was named employee delegate with Julie Ingle as alternate.