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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Meet In Joint Session With Milford City Council Regarding Lower Gar Outlet

Tue 8-13-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today (Tues.) to meet in a joint session with the Milford City Council regarding the Lower Gar Outlet and what, if anything, should be done about increasing outflow capacity. It comes on the heels of a study commissioned by the Iowa Great Lakes Association. The study was conducted by Dr. Larry Weber, a hydrologist with the University of Iowa. Bill Van Orsdel of the Iowa Great Lakes Association said having such a joint meeting between county and city of Milford officials is a good next step...Lower Gar Meeting01 

"The fact that the city of Milford is willing to sit down and have some sort of discussion about what the various solutions may be, I think we would encourage that as the next step. We just spend $145,000 on the University of Iowa Hydrologist study and we've got a lot of different facts and figures that can add to it, but I think first you've got to sit down with Milford."

When asked about how to convince those who are skeptical of the findings of the study that they are valid, Tom Clary, also of the Iowa Great Lakes Association, had this response...Lower Gar Meeting02 

"If we go back and look at the Army Corps of Engineer reports and studies from previous years and do comparisons on that which we did, then we see that there is a trend. And so this is just the latest of the studies that have been completed since basically '98 or '99, so it follows a pattern."

Following some further discussion the supervisors voted five to nothing to hold the joint meeting with the Milford City Council. It's scheduled for 6:30 pm Monday, August 26th at the Milford Community Building.