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July 1 Lake Lotawana Alderman work session

July 1 Lake Lotawana Alderman work session

July 1 Lake Lotawana Alderman work session





July 5, 2014

Carlee Edwards
CarleeE@lstribune.net

During the July 1 Lake Lotawana Alderman work session, which took place at Lake Lotawana city hall and immediately followed the special meeting that began at 6:30 pm, a concern was raised by Doc Tillema regarding the runoff into the lake from construction sites.

“I have a big concern about runoff from new construction in our lake,” Alderman Tillema said.

When explaining that he saw six new construction sites around the lake last week, he claimed that “Five of the six sites had no [runoff] barrier.” 

Readers may remember back in 2012 with the Walton issue, where the problem of runoff into the lake went on for months before it was properly taken care of. At this time the current issue has not reached that magnitude but it is still a concern.

Constructions sites are required to have a runoff barrier. It was suggested that if an alderman sees a site without a barrier they should call the city building inspector to report it.

“I called her,” Alderman Tillema responded. “She said she doesn’t have time.”

Runoff is a regular problem for lakes, and is something that must be handled properly. The board acknowledges that this issue is important and will take the citizens involvement as well as the construction workers and inspectors to be absolved.

Tillema request that the citizens of Lake Lotawana work with the city to help keep the lake safe and clean. Barriers need to be put up when construction is being done to prevent runoff from entering the lake, and construction sites need to comply with their policies by providing what is needed.

“The ordinance is there,” Alderman Tillema stated. “It just has to be enforced.”

The City Administrator promised to speak with the Building Inspector.


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