The Gun Lake Dam, which was saved from collapse by temporary emergency action in May, 2015, is being replaced by Nashville Construction Company, and will be completed within two weeks, according to Barry County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull.
After the near collapse of the dam on Marsh Road, Land & Resource Engineering (LRC) recommended a new control structure made of steel to protect public safety, properties around the lake and preserve natural resources. An informal meeting of residents from around the lake showed all in favor of replacing the dam. The total cost of $270,000 will be paid through a special assessment district around the lake. Allegan and Barry county commissioners both approved the replacement.
Photo: (left) Officials gather for the start of the work on the Gun Lake Dam. They are, from left, Project Manager with LRC Chad Mencarelli, Yankee Springs Supervisor Mark Englerth, Barry County Commissioner Vivian Conner, Barry County Administrator Michael Brown, Allegan County Drain Commissioner Denise Medemar, Barry County Deputy Drain Commissioner Tammy Berdecia, Allegan County Drain Commission Maintenance Supervisor Brent Scholten, and Barry County Drain Commissioner Jim Dull.
(left) Heavy Equipment from Nashville Construction Company is moved into place to replace the Gun Lake Dam.
(left) The Gun Lake Dam before any work is done.