Residents of Beebe Lake are invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall with members of the St. Michael City Council as the city and the lake’s association team up to address water woes along the lake.
City staff will present St. Michael’s plans to evaluate options and ultimately come up with a solution for the lake’s flooding issues, with hopes that a new plan will be implemented some time in 2012.
According to City Engineer Steve Bot, also the city’s assistant administrator, the City of St. Michael spent more than $50,000 last year in unbudgeted funds to sandbag, pump and control water levels on the lake, which rose to record levels due to heavy snow in 2011 and rains throughout the spring.
While drier conditions have prevailed this winter, water levels are still a concern for homeowners in lower levels, since Beebe has no natural outlet. It’s a problem that has lingered for the city nearly annually since 2002.
Those who come tonight should be ready to discuss options, including possible assessments on property owners for improvements to the area. Options include making a Lake Improvement District (LID) to help fund any projects.
Those looking for more information can contact Bob Derus, current administrator, at 763-416-7936 with questions or concerns.
The meeting will be held in the main council chambers.
IF YOU GO:
What: City meeting with Beebe Lake homeowners/property owners
Where: St. Michael City Hall
Why: To discuss mediation projects to control the water levels on the lake
When: 7 p.m. tonight.