Twin Lakes approves contract for dam project design

A contract for engineering related to designing repairs and modifications to the Lakes Elizabeth dam was approved by the Twin Lakes Village Board Monday.

The contract not to exceed $21,000 was awarded to Vanderstappen  Surveying and Engineering of Woodstock, Ill.

Village officials have said  the goal of the project is mostly to just repair and perhaps strengthen the structure that’s already there rather than to change how the dam, which regulates water levels in lakes Mary and Elizabeth, operates.

John Tack, an engineer with Vanderstappen who was at Monday’s Village Board meeting, said he had extensive experience with retention basin design, which he said was similar to the needs of the Twin Lakes project.

The design phase could take three to six months to complete, Tack said. Before any design work is started the engineers would likely meet with any regulating agency to see what would be permitted.

High lake levels have been less of a problem on Lakes Elizabeth and Mary in recent years after an illegally placed dam was removed over the Illinois border.


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