Major lake dredging project decision one step closer


Decatur - The City of Decatur is one step closer to a decision on the massive dredging project in Lake Decatur.


At Tuesday nights meeting, the council informally agreed to support the large improvement project for the lake. The project will be one of the biggest improvements in the city's history, involving dredging a large portion of Lake Decatur.


The proposed bid from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to dredge lake basins 1-4 at a cost of $89.3 million, will include work to increase the lake's water storage capacity by 30-percent.  The project will also improve the capacity of a sediment storage site used to house dredge material in Oakley Township.


The Council is expected to vote on the contract with Great Lakes at its next meeting. The basis for funding the work was established in early 2013 when a series of water rate increases were approved to pay for this and other water-related projects.           

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