Dredging in City Park Lake News 2017
Jarl attended the Hagerstown City Council meeting on August 30, 2016. The Council unanimously approved the User Agreement with CVMYC effective 9/1/16. Jarl, as the Vice Commodore, signed the Agreement. To sum up: there will be no schedule restrictions and no rent. The City will supply the “rescue” boat. The marks have been taken out for the winter, and will not be replaced until after the dredging.
by Jerry Rafter
Yesterday, January 11, 2017, I had the opportunity to attend the public hearing on the City Park Lake dredging. You should know that our club was favorably mentioned a few times during the presentation. The project will begin next week. First, by preparing the dumping site at the Washington County landfill. Completion is expected by the beginning of June.
One point of concern that came up was that the dredging would not come completely to the wall surrounding the lake, leaving a ten to fifteen foot "shelf" around the lake. This could leave possible problems for us launching or retrieving any deeper draft boats.
I approached, as a private citizen (not as an official CVMYC representative) and questioned the city engineer, Rodney Tissue. After explaining my concern, he told me that he saw no problem with providing us an "access way" from which to launch. He stated that he just needed to know where the club would want this "dredged access way". I told him I would talk to the club and we would respond with a location a.s.a.p.
They will have to get some clarifications: e.g. what will be the depth of the 'shelf' -- and how big an area can we have dredged.
As I understand it, the "shelf" will be whatever the current depth is now. In some cases 12 to 18 inches. The size of the access area was not discussed, as I felt I didn't have any official capacity to do so. I imagine it would depend on the location we choose.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.