Dam Repair Scheduled

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

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The Meridian City Council discussed, then approved the contract for the restoration of the dam at the lower lake at Bonita Lakes Park.

In addition to repair of the dam itself, there will be some new landscaping included.

Public works director Monty Jackson said trees that are in no danger from high water will be retained, but some of the older trees will have to be cut down.

"If that water table is below the root balls of the trees, then the trees won't die," said Jackson. "So the idea is to try to keep a few trees on top to give that buffer in between, so that in and around the lake you can't see the commercial area back to the north."

The engineers say root holes happened when the dam started to leak.

Officials said they hope to start on the work within a month. Then it would take about four months to complete. Jackson said the contract is for a little over $600,000.

Approximately $400,000 of that cost will be paid by a federal grant. Jackson said, with the council's action, a target date is in sight to make Bonita what it was before the dam began to leak.

Some additional trees may be planted between the dam and Bonita Lakes Mall to improve the natural look of the area.

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