Cattle dam 707-22 Judge Wetzel

Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel presides over a public hearing relating to the Knox Cattle Company dam on Yauger Road on July 7, 2022. The purpose of the hearing was to present alternatives and costs of repairing the dam to residents.

MOUNT VERNON — Around 135 residents attended public hearings this week to learn the proposed long-term alternatives for the Knox Cattle Company dam on Yauger Road.

Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel told the residents his goal was to get reasonable alternatives before them, and then have them get with their attorneys regarding which alternative they prefer.

cattle dam alternative 1

Alternative 1 corrects the dam's deficiencies and restores it to current ODNR standards. The estimated cost is $2.56 million.

Cattle dam alternative 2

Alternative 2 removes the dam entirely and eliminates ODNR dam safety requirements. The cost is $1.39 million.

Cattle dam alternative 3A

Alternative 3A lowers the dam to under 6 feet in height, removing it from ODNR's jurisdiction. A new, smaller pond replaces the current lake and two upstream dry, in-line storage basins are added. Construction cost is estimated $2.12 million.

Cattle dam alternative 3B

Similar to 3A, Alternative 3B lowers the dam to under 6 feet. It replaces the existing reservoir with a single dry storage basin and retains the existing small pond upstream. The estimated construction cost $1.61 million.