The Barry County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution pledging the full faith and credit of the county for the payment of a $1.4 million dollar Drain note for the Watson Drain project, to fund the ongoing effort to lower the water levels of Crooked Lake in Delton and surrounding areas in the drain district.
The resolution by Commissioners allows the Watson drain district to renegotiate the existing $400,000 drain note with Highpoint Community Bank for the $1.4-million dollar amount at a substantially lower interest rate than it could obtain without the pledge of the county.
The debt will eventually be repaid through special assessments on the property owners within the Drain district. The Michigan Department of Transportation, Barry County and the four townships involved, Barry, Orangeville, Prairieville and Hope will also pay a share. The county has already spent $500,000 on mitigation efforts.
It was also pointed out that the work to be done is a short term solution to get lake the lake flooding down to manageable levels by diverting water to mitigation areas to the north of Crooked Lake. The long term plan calls for permanent infiltration areas to the south. Both projects are needed for permanent relief.