Inland Lake District eyes walkway work|
Residents of the Inland Lake District, which includes all voters and property owners within the city of Antigo, will be asked to continue funding a variety of lake and trail improvement programs on Wednesday.
The annual meeting of the Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will take place at 5 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. It will be guided by the Board of Commissioners, made up of members of e Antigo Common Council. Alderman Tim Kassis is chairman.
At the meeting, which is traditionally rather lightly attended, voters will be asked to adopt an overall budget of $89,000, funded by a tax levy of $69,254, a $8,254 increase.
Mill rate is estimated at 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $18 for the owner of a $100,000 piece of property.
The budget includes one new request, for $10,000 in levied funds to cover maintenance of the existing trail system along with improvements and future expansion.
The agenda notes that the community has made a significant investment in the Spring Brook Trail, “creating an incredible asset for our community which warrants continued investment.”
The $10,000 would cover maintenance needs such as woodchips, crack sealing and blacktop and boardwalk board replacement, along with potential trail expansion along Antigo Lake and the Spring Brook waterway.
The $10,000 would be an annual request, the agenda notes.
The remaining projects will be funded through a mix of the district’s existing fund balance and levied dollars. They include:
—spring clean-up expenses, $300 from the fund balance.
—improvement of water quality flow, including treating the lake for milfoil and cattails, $16,000 from the levy and $5,000 from the fund balance.
—continuing the slowly progressing hydraulic study, $8,800 from the fund balance.
—the annual payment to cover the $200,000, 10-year loan for the actual trail construction, $23,254. This is year five of the payback.
—restoration of native species, $20,000 from the fund balance and $5,000 from the levy.
—and $15,000 allocation to help offset the cost of future lake dredging, creating a total reserve of $55,000. The original dredging program carried a price tag of $750,000.
The city will also continue to explore the restoration of the flowage from the Fourth Avenue Dam to Seventh Avenue, the area inside the rock walls. The first step will be to contact the Department of Natural Resources to determine the guidelines for this type of work. No expenditures are budgeted for 2014.
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