T-canal residents hope for grant as city declines to intervene

Green Lake T-canal (September 2013)

Green Lake T-canal residents are placing their hopes on possible grant dollars to dredge the man-made channel after the city declined to offer funding to help the situation.

“I think the general consensus is, the council’s not interested in funding this project,” city Ald. George King said at a Common Council meeting Monday, after another discussion on the declining quality of the T-canal.

He suggested the issue could be put to rest on the city’s end, and no other aldermen disagreed with him.

Minutes earlier, City Clerk Barb Dugenske had provided a preview of the 2014 city budget, saying the city’s state-imposed property levy limit has dropped, and the city still needed to slice about $34,000 — “or find other revenues.” A special city budget meeting will take place Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.

In recent months, several T-canal residents have been asking the Green Lake Common Council to help restore the quality of the channel — the largest of three channels branching out from the mill pond. The canal has turned shallow and murky since being dug in the 1960s.

The city has considered the issue at length, bringing in two experts this week ... Continue reading the full story, only in the Oct. 17 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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