Resident asks for dam access

A 25-minute dialogue between City Council members and area resident Dean Gustafson during the citizen forum part of the meeting ended last Thursday with nothing being resolved.

But, Mayor “Pete” Pedersen said he would talk to Gustafson to see if a solution concerning Gustafson’s request could be worked out.

Gustafson, who lives north of Milaca, asked council members to take down barricades at Rec Park so that he and others could proceed to the old dam that will be removed there soon.

“I’m ashamed of myself for not stepping forward earlier for preservation [of the dam],” he told council members.

Gustafson said he would like to be allowed to take his father to the dam, who, like other older residents of the area, has a history with the dam.

He read a 1939 letter about the dam and said that it had kept 40 men working for two years when it was built. “In a time of need it helped feed people,” he said.

Gustafson asked that the council take down the barricades, which are located west of the band shell, until the dam project begins.

(The barricades are there because of the disc golf course that was opened there this spring.)

“You’d have lots of visitors,” he said.

Gustafson told council members he spent about four and a half hours outside Teal’s Market last Saturday with a petition about taking down the barricades.

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 26 print edition of the Times.