Lake district backs plan to maintain walking trail|
Members of the Inland Lake District Wednesday reviewed a new $10,000 line item for Spring Brook Trail maintenance and expansion before easily adopting an overall budget of $89,000.
Sixteen residents of the Inland Lake District, which includes all voters and property owners within the city of Antigo, attended the session. There were also three non-voting members present.
The budget will be 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 new $10,000 line item will cover maintenance of the existing trail system along with improvements and future expansion.
During the discussion, it was noted that the community has made a significant investment in the Spring Brook Trail, which warrants continued investment. The only questions raised concerned whether the maintenance dollars should be funded through the lake district or the city’s park and recreation department’s budget.
The $10,000 will 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 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.
Aug. 15. 2013
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