By John Raffel
Marion Village council president Don Gillmore was an optimistic individual last week after the board moved to authorize the drawing up of plans for the spillway at the dam.
“So now we’ll have an official set of drawings with which we can apply for our permits,” Gillmore said. “That’s the first step. But it’s a big step. When we get the permit, we’ll look for the money. But you can’t do it without the permit.”
Gillmore is hopeful grants will be available for the project.
“But you don’t know until you apply,” he said.
Gillmore was thankful the village virtually escaped any damage from last week’s mid-week wind storm.
“We didn’t have any trouble in Marion,” he said on Friday. “I’m out of the state now. As I was leaving the state, two trucks tipped over on the expressway. It was really blowing. We were lucky. We’re far enough north.”
Gillmore also said there will be interviews coming up for a new campground manager to replace June Nehmer.
“We’ll be holding interviews next month, it’s full in the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day. We have about 38 campsites. There’s people there all the time.”