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It is looking nice

Grundy County Conservation Director

August 20, 2017
Kevin Williams , Reinbeck Courier

This week's column will be a bit on the shorter side. I am coming off a weekend where I checked parks and campgrounds as well as working a great event held at our Black Hawk Creek Wildlife Area the bowshoot sponsored by Scheels. A more detailed report on that will be for another column. Column writing could take place until Monday morning.

But, back to this column. I wanted to update you on the shower/restroom building at Wolf Creek Recreation Area. Save for the doors, the outside is looking complete. Personally, I am pleased with the way the design fits into the surroundings. And I have heard that report from many park visitors. Kirk Dinsdale and his crew have done a wonderful job finishing off the roof and post beam front of the building. Dane Watson and Justin Farley completed the staining and painting.

Paul Cooley's bunch installed the water lines and septic system this past week in what I consider record time. They had to trust my memory for where the existing waterline was located. Now, bear in mind that this line was installed back in the early nineties. I stood out there and told the crew where the line left the shelter and angled up to the hydrant. The job was to connect the new lines where the intersection of this line would be.

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Well, my memory was apparently a bit foggy. Where they started digging and where the line was located ended up being a few feet apart. Maybe about sixty feet difference. But things went great after that!

What remains is the electrical and plumbing. When I wrote last about the project, I said to look for the building to be open by Labor Day Weekend. That still could be but I am afraid we are on a wait and see and hope schedule right now. The concrete sidewalks and other landscape things won't be done and the dump station, if operational, will likely still have some work left to complete.

The lateral lines for the septic system will remain piled high for the winter to allow settling. It may look to some as a "war zone" out there but a necessary one as development of this project continues.

In the next few week, I invite you to take a drive and check out the project.



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