EDMORE — Anyone living in Edmore can tell you how lovely the pond in front of the community building on main street can be … sometimes. Along with the pavilion there, the pond makes a stunning backdrop for wedding photos, which are frequently taken at the site.
Other times, the pond — created by rainwater runoff from the surrounding area — can become a stagnant, weed-infested puddle.
If Edmore Village President Chet Guild has anything to say about it, that situation may soon improve.
At Tuesday’s regular village council meeting, Guild proposed dredging the south end of the pond in an effort to eliminate most of the weeds that typically grow there during the summer months.
Though still in the “blue sky” planning stage, Guild obtained an estimate on the cost of the project; around $15,000 to $20,000, depending on the depth of the dredging. That price includes the hauling away of the dredged materials, which will be used in other areas as landfill.
The need for the project is obvious, Guild said. Though council members seemed positively disposed to the idea, the project will be carefully considered before council members arrive at a decision.
“We’ve all complained about how awful it looks in the summer,” councilwoman Bonnie Ashbaugh said. “It’s yucky and it smells bad. It needs to be done, but that feels like a lot of money. It will depend on the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) and the final bid.”
Guild stressed the estimate provided by the excavators is just a “ballpark figure” and that the actual bid could come in as more or less.
The north side of the pond was dredged in a similar fashion about 10 years ago. Since then, the weed and algae problem has been confined mostly to the south side of the pond. The gazebo is located on the north side of the pond, however, the community center sits on the south side, where the weed problem still exists.
“I’d like to clean it up for the folks who rent the hall,” Guild said. “People take wedding pictures out there and they don’t particularly want a swamp in the background.”
Guild added money for the project is currently in the DDA fund, so paying for the dredging would not present any sort of hardship for the village. Though the decision to move forward with the dredging ultimately rests with the council, Guild said it would be a good idea to get the DDA on board with the project first.
Tentative plans call for the dredging to be conducted out about 50 feet from shore and as deep as needed to ensure the weeds do not return.
“If it were to happen, I’d like to see done yet this summer,” Guild said. “At this point, it’s just food for thought.”