Officials seek water level controls on Lilly Lake
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Officials seek water level controls on Lilly Lake

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Only a sliver of Lilly Lake’s typically ample beach was above water when this photo was taken in early August. A vote will take place Feb. 29 on funding for a plan to build an underground sewer to alleviate the high water levels.

WHEATLAND — Lilly Lake residents could be taxed via special assessment to cover the cost of constructing a structure to control the water level of the kettle lake, filled by springs, rain and runoff.

Three options to help maintain an appropriate lake level, ranging in price from $82,500 to $125,000, will be presented at the Lilly Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District meeting set for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Wheatland Town Hall, 34315 Geneva Road, New Munster.

After high lake levels affected shorelines and resulted in lengthy slow, no-wake regulations last summer, lake district membership voted to spend $20,000 for a water relief study.

The following options to be presented are detailed in that report, available at the town website:

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  • Option 1: $82,500 to construct a concrete outlet control structure, grass swale and roadway culverts to convey water under 80th Street into the marsh.
  • Option 2: $101,000 to construct a concrete outlet control structure, 6-foot-wide concrete channels to convey water and culverts to convey water under 80th Street into the marsh.
  • Option 3: $125,000 to construct a concrete outlet control structure and two underground storm sewers to convey water under 80th Street into the marsh.

According to the report, a buried storm sewer would most likely be preferred by the permitting agencies. All three projects would require permits from Kenosha County, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Jan. 25 meeting agenda calls for a vote of those present on a preferred option and discussion on the distribution of cost and timeline for repayment.

According to the report, after residents receive notification of assessment costs, the Lake District can vote to approve or deny proposed project costs and to levy the assessment.

The Jan. 25 agenda calls for a meeting to be set in February (tentatively at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22), for a ballot vote to approve an outlet option and special assessment levy.

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