Dam gets facelift



August 3, 2011 - 12:00 AM

The makeshift dam that pools water in Elm Creek east of State Street will be repaired.
Allen County commissioners authorized Bill King, director of Public Works, to fill holes in the dam, on county right of way, to stop leaks.
King said he thought the procedure might take a day’s work to fill the holes with rock and then cover the fill with concrete.
Iola is developing a park along the south bank of the creek just west of South Washington Avenue and having a stable water table in the creek will be a plus for fishermen.
King said he was unsure when the repairs would be done.
“We’ll work it in” around road work, mowing and other chores that occupy county crews during the summer, he said.
On King’s recommendation, commissioners accepted a bid of $59,856 from Welborn Sales, Salina, the lowest of three, for 580 feet each of 48-inch, 36-inch and 24-inch aluminized pipe that will be used in road repairs and maintenance.
Steel pipe of the same sizes and quantity would have cost about $90,000, King said. The aluminized pipe works just as well, he said.

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