Dredging accord reached


The Columbia Association board of directors has agreed to allocate more than $8 million for dredging Lakes Elkhorn and Kittamaqundi.

At its prebudget workshop last weekend, board members agreed to assign $5 million to dredge Lake Kittamaqundi and $3.1 million to dredge Lake Elkhorn. The costs would be divided between the next two fiscal years.

The new funding will add to the nearly $3 million in already-approved local and state funds for the projects.

According to the budget workshop report, the initial $2.8 million planned for the fiscal 2007 fiscal budget to dredge Lake Kittamaqundi was no longer adequate. The report said costs for dredging have increased, due largely to higher waste removal costs because the county landfill does not accept pond and lake dredging materials.

The prebudget workshop agreement is tentative and might face additional editing before the final budget is approved in February.

The association has said the projects could begin by the end of summer.


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