Hearing on Powers Lake pier request set for Tuesday in Twin Lakes

powers-lake-pier-site-map-from-DNRThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a public hearing on a request for a longer than typically allowed pier on Powers Lake.

The hearing will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at Twin Lakes Village Hall, 108 E Main St, Twin Lakes.

“The DNR scheduled a public hearing on this activity or project because the Department received a request for a public hearing,” says a DNR notice for the hearing. “The hearing will be a public informational hearing where members of the public can learn more about the proposed activity and submit written or oral comments about the waterway and project in light of the legal standards above.”

Kim Gits, of Naperville has applied to the DNR for a permit to enlarge a pier on Powers Lake.

The work involves extension and expansion of the existing pier by extending the length an additional 48 feet such that the total length of the pier is at 124 feet waterward of the ordinary high water mark, expanding the size of the loading platform to 264 square feet, and adding a 47 square foot pier section off the access walkway of the pier. The extension is proposed due to shallow water depths at the edge of the existing pier.

Maximum allowed length on Powers Lake according to town ordinance is 100 feet. Those opposing the longer pier contend it will impair boat traffic on the lake.

The town hosted a meeting to gather opinion of the issue in October.

More information on the project is available here.



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