Lake trailer houses will have addresses

House address numbers will be supplied by Marion County for trailers at Marion County Lake.

Marion County Commission decided Monday to supply the numbers to lake trailer house owners to encourage displaying them and having them be a uniform size and florescent.

Trailer house owners also will be required to have insurance. Sheriff Lee Becker, who was in attendance at the meeting, said he knows drivers can cancel insurance on vehicles after purchasing a tag, so what's to keep trailer house owners from doing the same thing?

County clerk Carol Maggard said certificates of insurance could be issued to the county by insurance companies that would have valid dates. Then if the insurance is canceled, the insurance companies can notify the county.

Concerns have been expressed regarding liability insurance for trailer houses because of the close proximity to other trailers and campers.

It also was determined for county lake superintendent Steve Hudson to work with the county appraiser's office to establish viable addresses for the trailer houses.

In other lake business:

— A room with the heated dock that previously was used for storage now will be a "members only" room.

Hudson asked the commission for permission to charge $30 per year for people to congregate in the room for coffee and conversation, and to lock up fishing equipment.

The annual fee would cover expenses associated with cleaning and maintenance.

— Funds will be encumbered to the lake fund for future expansion and upgrading of campsites. Hudson said he would like to replace four older electrical poles and establish eight new sites.

Commission chairman Randy Dallke said he would like to know the potential revenue generated from the additional camp sites.

The estimated cost is $11,000 for electrical upgrades. Future plans could include water improvement for an approximate cost of $8,000.

Marion County Improvement District #2 member Dan Crumrine, who also was in attendance at the meeting, said he was concerned about proposed expansions at the lake and the effect they could have on the district's sewer and water service.

The district has other concerns regarding assistance with a new water tower.

"The district is trying to figure out how to divide costs for a water tower," Crumrine said, which will require some capital outlay.

"We only meet four times a year," Crumrine said, when issues are to be addressed. A meeting is planned this month.

— Even though Hajek Fish Farm of rural Marion did not have the lowest bid for stock fish, the commission approved the bid to keep it local. The Hajek bid was 85 cents per pound for 8-12-inch fish and $1.60 per pound for fish 12 inches and longer. There were three other bids with the low bid being five cents a pound lower for 12-inch and longer fish.

A total of $2,500 will be spent.

— Hudson asked for a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.