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Berkeley Lake moves toward bond referendum

BERKELEY LAKE — City Council members voted Thursday to take the first step in seeking a bond to finance the necessary repairs to the Lake Berkeley Dam. City Attorney Dick Carothers will engage bond counsel, and a special referendum will be held March 15, giving voters the choice of using a bond to finance the $2.8 million price tag.

Mayor Lois Salter and the rest of council are waiting to see whether FEMA will increase its financial contribution to the repairs, pending review of a final geo-technical report to be delivered by the city’s engineers before Thanksgiving. If FEMA representatives decide that more federal dollars should be spent on dam repairs, the amount of the bond will be decreased accordingly. The total cost of repairs is estimated to be about $4 million.

Miramont road repairs to begin

Butch Thompson Enterprises has been awarded the paving contract to repair roads in the Miramont subdivision in Berkeley Lake. The city commissioned an outside engineering survey to determine the priority of needed repairs in the city, and Miramont’s roads were identified as the most urgent. The contract amount is $254,429.