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Major boat ramp work planned for two sites near Akron

Friday, September 15, 2006

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If all goes as planned, Plymouth County residents will have several good options for putting their boat in the Big Sioux by the end of the year. Plans to build one new boat ramp and renovate an existing one are moving forward.

Justin Higman, who promised a new boat ramp three miles north of Westfield as part of a trade between the county and his sand and gravel company, met with the county supervisors to seek their help in pushing permits through.

The supervisors are looking into the option of transferring the title of the boat ramp land to the county earlier than planned because the county's name would have more clout on the permit documents with the Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR.

They plan to sort out the details and come to a decision at next week's supervisor meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The boat ramp up for renovations is the one at Big Sioux County Park just north of Akron, with "major repair" slated for this fall.

County conservation director Dennis Sohl said the project will be an expensive one, but the county has it covered with grant funds.

National Trails Project funds in the amount of $25,600 were awarded to the project.

"And we'll use this grant to match the grant I got from the DNR," said county conservation director Dennis Sohl.

He said they plan to pull part of the existing ramp out, put down some new base materials and pour a new ramp on top.

The renovation of this boat ramp, built in the early 1980's has been discussed for nearly two years.



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