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Residents asked to sign off on Holiday Hills dredging proposal

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 5:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 11:43 p.m. CDT

HOLIDAY HILLS – Two of the channels that flow through Holiday Hills could be dredged as early as next spring, the village president said.

The village needs 51 percent of property owners who live along the channels to sign off before they submit their application to the Fox Waterway Agency, which would handle the dredging from that point on.

The Fox Waterway Agency uses grant funds and revenue raised from boat stickers for dredging projects like this.

Letters containing signature cards were sent to affected property owners Saturday, and door-to-door visits also were planned, Village President Dan Drury said.

“We have nice features in town, one of them being our channels for boaters and fishers,” said Drury, adding that the dredging also will help with flooding.

The channels have filled with dirt over the years and no longer are navigable by boats.

If the project moves ahead, it would involve removing an estimated 300,000 cubic yards of dirt, some of which will be used by property owners, from two of the village’s channels. The channel that connects Griswold Lake to the Fox River would not be included.

The dredging project was on Drury’s list when he ran for the village presidency earlier this year. He also hopes to build a community marina for residents who don’t live on the waterways.

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