By Annette Newcomb


Twin Lakes Village Board members had construction projects on their mind Monday night as they approved two projects, one to keep dirt from sliding down an incline and another to let water out.

First up, during a special lake Protection Rehab District Quarterly Commissioners meeting, the board approved a contract with Vanderstappen Surveying and Engineering Inc of Woodstock, IL, not to exceed $21,000.

Vanderstappen will take care of work on the Lake Elizabeth dam repair and modification project.  Jon Tack, an engineer with Vanderstappen, told the board before he creates a design, to save time he will get feedback from the Illinois Corps of Engineers and other departments that have to weigh in on the project, then create the design. Tack said he believed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources would be involved but did not see a problem with permitting, etc.  He expects slight modifications of the existing dam.

“Basically this is like a retention basin with a spillway. There is a bounce of three to four feet, not a big project by any means…if it was, I wouldn’t touch it,” he said.

Tack said it would take about thee months to put the design and permitting together and the village will then bid out the project, with construction to be undertaken next summer.

In to other village board news, it looks like the famous retaining wall of Main Street will finally be completed. A five-foot a retaining wall located next to Bodi’s Bakery, at 316 Main Street was torn out, with the property owner’s approval, last during the Main Street renovations.

The board has been trying to find the right type of cost-effective brick that would be both decorative and durable.

After several false runs at securing a bid, Monday night the board approved a bid from Breezy Hill Nursery in the amount of $14,000 for a five-foot retaining wall using Creta stone product.

There was once hitch Monday night when it was mentioned handrails were also removed. The board will take the discovery under advisement and action is expected at a future meeting.

Village President Howard Skinner announced that Bernard Diekhues, who inherited the Lake View Motel, will be getting control of the estate on Dec. 13.

Diekhues is expected to arrive in the village in January to determine the future of the vacant property.

Skinner noted Touch of Class has been using the parking lot for overflow parking and has been keeping the lot picked up.


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