LEXINGTON – A project to restore Kirkpatrick Lake on the east side of town took it’s first step on Tuesday as the Lexington City Council approved the request for bids to begin the process.
Some early work on the lake has already begun. City Manager, Joe Pepplitsch, said that many of the brush and junk trees around the lake, especially on the south and west sides are gone. He also said that many trees along the north have been taken out also. Trees along the south side of the Dawson County Historical Society Museum will need to come out too, however the shoreline has eroded to such a degree that it will need to be rebuilt.
The plans for the lake include several “angler access pads” which will allow fishing spots for the public. It also calls for a concrete trail, and handicap accessibility. Pepplitsch said that the southeast portion of the lake will need to be dredged for better fishing habitat. Once bids are received, city officials will review them.
In other action, the board approved the execution of a deed for property located at 204 E 4th Street. They also agreed to waive payments due under payment in lieu of taxes for the Lexington Housing Authority.
The council also heard from Delpha Albus the President of the Library Board with their annual report. Albus reported that the Book for Lunch Program has been well attended by adults as has been the summer reading program for kids. The Lexington Library holds over 98,000 pieces of material and was visited last year over 75,000 times. Library’s wifi access was used 29,247 times outside of the building with an additional 20,479 logins on the 23 public access computers. The Council Members applauded the efforts of the Library staff and echoed Albus’ sentiments that the Library is a great asset for the community.