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Leaders meet to discuss assessment costs for McDill Dam

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--It will cost an estimated $20,000 dollars for an investigation into the leak in the McDill Dam-- and that's money that the Village of Whiting just doesn't have.

The McDill Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District hosted a meeting Wednesday night at Ben Franklin Junior High to talk with local leaders and residents about what's next.

Until an investigation into the leak in the dam can be completed, the extend of the damage and the cost to fix it will remain unknown. The Village of Whiting owns the dam, but doesn't have the money to have it inspected. That's why the Lake District carried a motion to provide $10,000 dollars of financial assistance to the Village to help with the cost.

Now, it's up to the Whiting Village Board to move forward. Village President Paul Stroik said Wednesday that the dam needs to be inspected, and his main goal is to get the road back open.

There's still the problem of money, though. The city of Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin DOT and the Village of Whiting are all stakeholders in this situation, not to mention the homeowners who live along the water. Until the money for an inspection can be raised, there's no sign of the road reopening, not to mention a timeline for restoring water to McDill Pond.

At Wednesday's meeting, people also discussed the fact that the dam is only eleven years old. That's too soon for it to be having such a significant problem, leaders said, raising questions about how well the dam was built in the first place. 

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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