Lake improvements noted

Marion County Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson provided a list of accomplishments to Marion County Commission that were reviewed Monday by the governing board.

Completed projects included:

— Adding 65 tons of sand on main beach area.

— Improvements at the east shelter house that included the replacement of a commode, roof repairs, and repainting of benches.

— Twelve trees were planted.

— Eight large rocks were placed for seating and decoration.

— Repainting projects included trash containers, the exterior of the lake hall, trim on outhouses, sign posts, merry-go-round, electric outlets, heated dock, privacy dividers in bathrooms, and interior of bait shop.

— A drinking fountain was repaired as was a street light by the heated dock.

— New camp sites were established.

— Three new fishing piers were built.

— Rip-rap was placed along shoreline for stabilization.

— New camping permits were designed.

— New signs were erected regarding curfew notices and swimming warnings.

— Benches were replaced on the heated dock and in changing rooms at beach area.

— A horseshoe pit was made at the north shelter house with new lights and electricity.

— Outhouses were cleaned and painted.

— Two plastic structures were placed in the water by the heated dock and 11 around the lake for fish habitat.

— The heated dock floor was repaired, shelves were built, and skirting replaced.

— A new dock was made at the south boat ramp.

— A new water pump was installed at the fish cleaning station at the heated dock.

— Established a new addressing system for trailer residences.

— Upgrade of a defibrillator and new first-aid kit.

— A stage/sun bathing platform was built by the beach area.

— A generator was installed at the lake hall.

Future projects include:

— A bathroom near the heated dock.

— Twelve new camp sites with electricity and water.

— Insulating the lake hall for year-round use.

— Three fishing piers with handicapped accessibility.

— Plant additional trees.

— New floor at heated dock.

— Purchase former improvement district maintenance building.

— Remove and install new siding at lake office.

— Replace wood planks on picnic tables.

— Additional tornado shelter.