2017-10-12 / Life in Leelanau

Dredging sought for Glen Lake

The Glen Arbor Township Board will accept public comment at 7 p.m. Tuesday on plans to dredge the channel between Big Fisher Lake and Big Glen Lake.

The hearing serves as the first in several required steps to finance the project, which is usually done every few years depending on how quickly the channel fills with materials, township treasurer Terry Gretzema said.

“The time between dredgings varies. It depends on the weather and wind direction,” he said.

It was the spring of 2016 when the last dredge was completed. At that time 100 cubic yards of spoils were removed from a 280 by 20-foot section of the channel.

Glen Arbor Township in 2012 created a Special Assessment District to cover the cost of dredging the channel.

Cost of the project is split evenly between the township and property owners in the assessment district.

The township is setting aside $6,411 a year to cover its share of the dredgings.

The district includes 59 properties that lie between the Crystal River between Little Fisher Lake and the waterway culvert at Fisher Road.

Cost per property per year is $61.65, with the Crystal River Marina paying for each of its 45 slips.

The marina is owned by township trustee Don Lewis.

Gretzema said the cost of the dredging project is estimated at $51,293.

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