The City of Augusta is facing several difficult problems at the City Lake.
Obviously, there isn’t enough water in it. Rains like we had this weekend will help, but at this rate it will be months before the volume of water in the lakebed is even near normal levels.
Voters recently approved a one-cent sales tax to help fund a new waterline to El Dorado to help avoid water shortages and secure the city’s water supply into the future.
But one obvious problem that has developed due to a lack of water coverage has been the overgrowth of weeds and brush in the lakebed.
According to a recent memo from Josh Shaw, Assistant to the City Manager, to the governing body said city staff is trying to identify potential dates to burn off this plant matter.
“Staff will contact the appropriate agencies to verify that this is an acceptable means of disposing of the overgrowth,” Shaw said.
“People have asked me why we just don’t mow it,” Councilor Mike Wallace said.
City Manager Bill Keefer said that mowing didn’t solve the problem.
“With mowing, the debris is still there,” Keefer said. “And even though it has been dry, I am wary that there are still many areas out there where a mower would end up getting stuck.”
Keefer said the burn-off would be done by the Safety Department ad plenty of notice would be given to the residents in the area before the project took place.