County Council OKs further dam funds

October 07, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The County Council approved the transfer Monday night of an additional $665,000 to complete reconstruction of the Lake Waterford Dam in Pasadena.

The money will be used to supplement funds that were already budgeted for the reconstruction, ordered in February because the state Department of Natural Resources declared the dam structurally unsafe. The bid was higher than recreation and parks officials expected.

The total project will cost $1,272,550.

The dam, which lies on the east side of the 11-acre lake in Pasadena, was built in 1929. If the reconstruction were not done, state officials would force the county to drain thelake, county officials said.

In February, after soil erosion was discovered to have caused much of the soil at the dam's base to be washed away, county officials authorized a $32,000 emergency repair.

State officials then reviewed the file on the dam and found that it did not meet current standards, which require dams to be able to handle flooding from a 100-year storm, a severe storm that hits on the average once every century.

Permits for the work have already been issued, and work will begin after the agreement with the contractor is finalized, said Jack Keene, an administrator for the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Construction should take three months and will be done by March 1 at the latest, he said. Officials want the project completed before spring.

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