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“This is more of a detailed approach in targeting hot spots that would give you the best bang for your buck as far as removing nutrients from Firesteel watershed,” said Public Works Director Joe Schroeder, who explained how the NRCS program works with farmers.
Prior to opening the Lake House, located at 2700 N. Main St., the restaurant was renovated and welcomed an outdoor patio feature that overlooked Lake Mitchell.
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Council member Marty Barington emphasized that the decision to advance the drawdown of Lake Mitchell that’s estimated to cost around $3.5 million was not a vote on the entire Lake Mitchell dredging project.
“Until we know we’re getting better quality of water coming in through Firesteel Creek, I think this would be useless. When we do vote on it, I will be voting no,” Councilman Dan Allen said.
“I know there are neighbors who have concerns. But whatever is out there will have to meet the city’s codes and requirements, including noise ordinances," said Don Petersen, a Mitchell attorney representing the buyer of the former Kelley property.
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Traffic concerns, noise and increased dust from vehicles were several concerns that nearby property owners had over the buyer behind the $1.59 million approved offer of the former Kelley home.

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“We’re at a point where we’ve invested a significant amount of money into this project, and we don’t want to get halfway down the road next year or next month, and find we’ve spent our capital improvement project funds and now we’re not going to move forward,” City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said.
For the city to begin constructing the wetland along Firesteel Creek, an archaeological survey on the land must be completed before securing a permit for the wetland project, as required by the Army Corp of Engineers.
A 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass was also removed from Burke Lake in Gregory County.

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