Water Authority Ready to Move Ahead w/New Lease Agreement on Campgrounds

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Published on September 17 2013 7:39 pm
Last Updated on September 17 2013 7:39 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Water Authority has agreed to move ahead on a new lease agreement for Lake Sara Campgrounds.

Chet Kiefer of CK Development told the Water Authority board at their monthly meeting that they are ready to proceed with a new lease.  The Water Authority at a special meeting on Friday directed the Authority's attorney Tony Siemer to prepare a document for review by the Water Authority and by CK Development.

The Water Authority board approved a request from TREC for the Authority to serve as the public entity grant applicant for TREC projects around Lake Sara.  Trustees agreed that trail development would be helpful in promoting recreational areas around the lake.

The Board approved a replat of Lots 22 and 23 in Boos and Grunloh #2; agreed to review the revised building guidelines prior to the October meeting for approval at that time; learned that Siemer will follow up with Danny Hankins on the progress of the upgrade to the septic system at the campgrounds; and heard from Frank Kabbes, on behalf of Lot 7 Moccasin Inlet owner Cindy Windau, regarding issues with residents assuming her lot's beach area is public area since it's next to Lot 8, which is a Water Authority park lot.  Kabbes said he'd obtain a survey that would better define the property lines and beach area to present to the Board.

The Board approved a replat of Lots 5 and 6 Topp Acres Subdivision as each lot contains at least 20,000 square feet, and tabled a request for a variance for Lot 15 Boos and Grunloh #2 to add a swim deck to an existing walkway until the Board can inspect the property.  It was also voted to spend up to $2,000 to address a leak in the basement of the Lake Superintendent's home, and it was agreed to clarify in the records that Kendall Balding who was hired to work less than 600 hours this year for IMRF purposes has actually worked more than 600 hours due to the retirements of Gene Arnold and Mike Lamb.