Edmore to dredge pond

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:29 am on Saturday, July 13, 2013

This pond, located next to the Curtis Building in downtown Edmore, will get dredged this fall after the village council voted 4-3 to accept a $25,000 bid from Outman Excavating in Six Lakes. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

EDMORE — The village pond, long a popular site for concerts, photographs and community events, is about to get a makeover.

The Edmore Village Council voted 4-3 at last Monday’s meeting to accept a $25,000 bid from Outman Excavating in Six Lakes to dredge the pond. Village President Chet Guild and council members Ed Adams, Chuck Burr and Jerry Rasmussen voted “yes” while Bonnie Ashbaugh, Karen Deja and Art Schuitema voted “no.”

The pond, which is technically a storm drain, is located next to the Curtis Building, that houses the village office. A gazebo is also featured on the pond property.

The bid says Outman Excavating will “clean up the pond, haul dirt to a specified area and repair any damages.”

At the June 10 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to take bids for dredging the pond. Ashbaugh, Deja and Schuitema also voted “no” at that meeting.

According to Guild, the project will be funded by the village’s general fund, which he says currently contains more than $700,000.

“If this comes out of the general fund, I just don’t think now is the time for such a project,” said Ashbaugh at last Monday’s meeting.

The project is expected to start this autumn.

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