Twin Lakes approves bid for spillway rehab

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes Village Board Monday approved a bid to rehabilitate the Lake Elizabeth dam/spillway despite the persistent objections of one trustee.

The work was awarded to JF Brennan for $373,208. That company was the only one that responded to a request for bids.

JF Brennan, headquartered in La Crosse, is a “marine construction and environmental remediation company” providing services such as “dredging, diving, dam repairs, pile driving, railroad bridge repairs, in-situ capping, and more,” according to the company’s website.

The spillway, which is located in Illinois surrounded by private property though the village owns the structure proper, controls the level of Lake Elizabeth. In the past it has included a dam board that could be adjusted the level of water moving over it. The design for the new dam has a fixed height.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald again criticized the non-adjustable spillway level. In past meetings he has contended that will mean more days of slow no wake due to high water as well as increased shoreline erosion.

Monday Fitzgerald challenged the contention that other involved government agencies are requiring the fixed height

Michael Caldwell of Vanderstappen Surveying & Engineering, whose firm designed the new spillway, said that what he has said was that anything other than fixed height design at the level set out in a Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission study (793.52 feet above sea level) would require proving no adverse effect on wetlands and downstream of the dam.

Fitzgerald also questioned the cost of the project, saying the money was not available.

Village administrator Jennifer Pollitt explained a combination of about $100,000 in lake district money set aside specifically for the project over a number of years and drawing from lake district reserves could make the cost. No general fund money will be needed.

Fitzgerald was the only vote against approving the bid.

JF Brennan’s original bid was $436,550 using the exact procedures/methods as the village engineer specified, Pollitt said. However, village officials approached JF Brennan and the company said there were two ways to reduce the bid- 1) use the methods they use and have equipment for (i.e. dewatering bag versus pumping mechanism) since they do dams all up and down the Mississippi River, and 2) wait until summer so the village is not paying to keep the ground thawed during construction. That brought the cost down to $373,208.

Note: Thanks to Jennifer Pollitt for the use of the photos, which were taken in 2013 as part of the bid packet. — DH

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

/Photo courtesy of the village of Twin Lakes

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