Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Magic Reservoir to get big upgrades

Projects to improve infrastructure exceed $52,000

Express Staff Writer

Infrastructure at Magic Reservoir is slated to receive more than $52,000 in improvements in 2007, including 10 new boat docks, a new restroom and a well.

Cathy Baer, coordinator of Blaine County Waterways, met with the Blaine County Commission Tuesday to present the waterway budget, discuss projects and formally request funding.

Blaine County helps fund waterway projects via its vessel account, which is created from license fees on boats throughout the county. The money basically flows through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to the maintenance and access sites for boating.

As of Nov. 30, 2006, the county's vessel account stood at $31,293.

Waterways has four projects planed for 2007, each costing between $10,000 and $15,000.

Eight new boat docks have been ordered to replace deteriorating docks at West Magic, costing $14,500. Camas County contributed $5,500 for the project, and $9,000 came from Blaine County's vessel account.

The second project—replacing two existing docks at East Magic Resort with new aluminum docks—will cost $10,033. East Magic Resort has contributed $2,500, and Baer is seeking a $6,521 grant and $1,000 from the county, which was approved.

The county also formally approved $1,000 from the vessel account for a new well at West Magic, a $12,698 project being funded primarily with grant money ($7,498) and by the West Magic Lake Recreation Club ($4,000).

The final project is a brand new $15,000 handicap-accessible public restroom at West Magic. The county and West Magic Lake Recreation Club partnered on the project in 2006. Construction should begin in May 2007.

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