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Committee studies proposed Koser Spring Lake Park facilities

Monday, February 6, 2012

Group exploring funding, potential building sites

The special committee recently formed to explore the options of the City's efforts to replace the Koser Spring Lake Park Yacht Club has convened a few times and continues to focus on exact location and possible funding to replace the aged, flood-damaged facilities.

According to City Hall, the consensus of the Koser Spring Lake Park Committee is to relocate the Yacht Club on the current large outdoor picnic shelter site on the northwest side of the lake.

The committee is not exploring the proposed Maintenance Shop facility in the Park, and considers it the City's responsibility to design and fund that project.

The area formerly housing the bird pen facility is being considered for an outdoor shelter (open picnic area with roof), and there is support to establish another outdoor shelter on the east side of the lake.

The primary task for the committee at this time is funding the preparation of the preliminary plans for the proposed projects.

The committee has walked the park grounds and continues to assess possible locations for the proposed new buildings.

The committee members include Mark Hecox, Steve Thomas, Jim Haselhoff, Cindy Wilberding, Kay O'Connor, Linda Burkhart, Sheree Hausmann, Council member Chad Brown, Jamie Roof, and Dave Lucas. Hausmann and Hecox are Co-Chairs of the committee.

The committee's charge is to create fund-raising opportunities and proper planning for the proposed new Yacht Club.

This past summer, the Cherokee City Council voted unanimously to move forward with plans to issue an estimated $500,000 General Obligation Bond to finance a new Yacht Club and Maintenance Building in Koser Spring Lake Park.

However, the Council later decided against the project due to what it considered exorbitant architectural fees and total project costs, and returned to square one, seeking further public input.

The volunteer committee formed to study the entire proposal is a result of the renewed effort and has been embraced by the City and the Council.

Among fund-raising options being considered by the committee is selling bricks to identify contributors.

Hausmann said the comittee is currently in the process of coming up with a design of the Yacht Club, along with fund-raising options. When completed, the design would be published in the Chronicle Times for public consumption and presented to the Council for approval.

Hausmann said the proposed new Yacht Club will be of similar size to the old one.

"We don't need a real large building," said Hausmann. "It's not meant to replace the Community Center. The Yacht Club be designed for smaller groups like it has been in the past. We're excited about this project and will begin fund-raising as soon as we complete the design and get it approved."

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