Commissioners Approve Loan for Lake George Dam Works | heraldry

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ANGOLA – Financial support for the work of the Lake George dam was approved on Tuesday by the Steuben County Council of Commissioners.

The commissioners agreed 3-0 to submit to Steuben County Council a request for a loan from the Lake George Conservancy District, not to exceed $ 1 million for work on the dam that regulates the level of the lake.

“We have already made this type of loan,” said Commissioner Lynne Liechtenstein.

The commissioners said the money would come from its Major Movements Transportation Fund, which has been used in the past for loans to entities such as RES Polyflow (now Brightmark), Indiana Northeastern Railroad and the Helmer Volunteer Fire Department. .

Representatives from the Conservancy and the Lake George Cottagers Association have asked for a 50-50 share with the county on the project or possibly a loan of $ 100,000.

Dave Sorg, president of the Association, said the county has a stake in the project because it owns the road through the dam and if it fails, the county could lose some $ 133 million in taxes.

It has been estimated that the project will cost approximately $ 900,000, which includes engineering, reducing the slope of the fill at the dam, and enlarging the spillway walls.

“We have ways that will hopefully reduce that $ 900,000,” Sorg said.

The groups are seeking a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and possibly funding from Branch County, Michigan. About 40% of the lake is in Michigan, the rest in Indiana.

Commission Chairman Wil Howard said that with unknowns about the cost of the project due to grant opportunities and other potential government funds, he would support presenting a loan option to the council.

“I would be in favor of distributing it to council for the full amount,” Commissioner Ken Shelton said.

Liechtenstein pitched the idea of ​​a loan of no more than $ 1 million.

The reserve was formed in 2018 to manage the dam, which has been crossed by a county road since 1946.

“We really appreciate your support over the years,” said Rick Weaver, Special Projects Coordinator for the Conservancy and Association.

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