The Chariton Water Board and the Chariton City Council held the first of what could be a number of discussions about Lake Ellis and Lake Morris at the water board’s monthly meeting in June held at Chariton City Hall.

Lake Ellis is located one mile east of Chariton on the south side of 482nd Street and Lake Morris is located two miles east of Chariton on the south side of 482nd Street.

The two boards were just starting the conversation about the lakes at the meeting including how they should be managed and how to better maintain them. No action was taken following the discussion except to get a couple of other boards involved in what should be done about the lakes including the Lucas County Board of Supervisors and Lucas County Conservation Board.

Lakes discussion update

In a brief phone interview with the newspaper this past Tuesday, Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that since the water board meeting that she and Water Superintendent Brad Robbins have had discussions on the lakes with Larry Davis of the Lucas County Board of Supervisors and a couple of other people that are interested in the lakes. Liegois and Robbins plan to meet with the Lucas County Conservation Board this week.

“We’re doing some fact finding and brain storming and we will bring some thoughts and ideas back to the city council and water board at another joint meeting between the two boards to be held on July 9,” Liegois said.

The property at the lakes is deeded in the City of Chariton’s name. It’s not clear whether the Chariton Water Board or City of Chariton is responsible for the property since the water department no longer draws water from both lakes to provide water for the City of Chariton since Chariton switched over to Rathbun Regional Water as its water provider back in late August 2018.

Who’s responsible for the lakes is also part of the discussion the water board and city council are having along with what direction they want to go with them and who will take care of the lakes in the future.

“We’ve been getting calls from people about who is maintaining the lakes and who is responsible for them. We need to open up the discussion about those things,” City Manager Liegois said near the start of the discussion about the lakes at the water board meeting.

Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard commented that both lakes are being used for things such as fishing and kayaking and that the lakes need to be given attention and to be taken care of better.

“I keep hearing from people comment that since the property at the lakes is public land that they can do what they want out there. There are regulations that have been there for years that still apply but that aren’t posted. Red Haw State Park has regulations also, but they aren’t posted there either,” Water Board member Vern Vogel said.

At a previous meeting recently, the water board discussed the fact that there are still rules and regulations that still apply for both lakes and that the rules need to be enforced. Only one sign has been up at one of the lakes but it’s not readable. Water Superintendent Brad Robbins is getting signs to put up at each lake that state the rules and regulations. The signs are in the process of being ordered.

Read the June 30, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald--Patriot for the rest of the story.

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