Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, November 19, 2013-14

Plugging the Old Spillway Pipe, November 19, 2013Now that the new spillway pipe and emergency spillway were in place and inspected, it was time to remove the temporary spillway pipe  and compact the clay where the pipe had been installed. It was time for the old spillway to be plugged with cement under the watchful… More Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, November 19, 2013-14

Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, Part 8, 2013

Inspection of the Emergency Spillway November 18, 2013Medina County Engineers Inspector Metz stands in the emergency spillway for his inspection. This is a close up of the emergency spillway on which the rest of the work for the installation will be done. This photo is of the hooded inlet spillway pipe and its relationship to… More Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, Part 8, 2013

Lower Lake Restoration, Part 7, 2013

Clearing Muck Dam, November 11, 2013With the basic clay installed, the truck dance could slow to one truck, carrying the muck dam that Kodiak had created to hold back the water of the lake. Kodiak continued to clear the muck, and also pulled out a large log from the water. The view of the shaped… More Lower Lake Restoration, Part 7, 2013

Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, Part 6, 2013

November 9th Progress on the Dam RestorationBright and early, Kodiak was on-site to begin the removal of the original vertical spillway pipe. Temporary Lake Spillway InstalledKodiak is about to install the temporary spillway.  With the many springs that feed the lower lake from the ravines on either end of the lake bringing in a constant… More Lower Lake’s Dam Restoration, Part 6, 2013

Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 5, 2013

November, New Progress, 2013November 5th Kodiak began grinding the stumps on the dam.  Medina County had required that the stumps remain in place over the 2012 winter to hold the clay of the dam.  They also required that the stumps be ground such that only the outer roots would remain for removal.  This photo shows… More Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 5, 2013

Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 4, 2013

January, February, 2013Emails flew back and forth between myself and Kodiak, the Lot 9 owner, Matrix Engineering, John Matricardi, Dan Willhoite of Medina County Engineers, and of course, my attorney, David Riehl as the dam restoration plans were refined for approval.  Finally February, 28th the plans were declared acceptable and were mailed to me in… More Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 4, 2013

Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 3

October, 2012On October 26, I used photos to measure approximate tree heights for the trees on the dam that Kodiak would need to remove.  Bramhall had already marked each tree that needed to be removed from the dam with the fluorescent bright pink spray spot, and had provided trunk diameter measurements, so the heights of the… More Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 3

Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 2

Waiting Game, July, August, 2012We had a beautiful year to work on restoring the dam, very little rain but the Lot 9 owners balked at accepting their responsibility to pay their 1/4 of the cost though they had caused the extension to be placed onto the spillway raising the level of the lake. The water… More Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 2

Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 1

Learning of a Problem, April, 2012When my neighbor picked me up from the Cleveland Hopkins Airport on April 17th, he mentioned that the lower lake had overflowed onto West River Road earlier in the Spring.  Puzzled, April 18th I contacted Mr. Dale Vassal, Liverpool Township Maintenance Supervisor whether the lake had overflowed onto West River Road. … More Lower Lake’s Restoration, Part 1

Lot 10 Electricity Undergrounded, 2009

Electric Transformer/Switch box Prior to the undergrounding of the electric conduit to carry service to the transformer/switch box for Lots 10 and 11, I had contacted Mr. William Schuester of Ohio Edison/First Energy Corp. regarding moving the electric service from its original supply path across the lower lake, up the hill to a utility pole… More Lot 10 Electricity Undergrounded, 2009