The future of Marion’s Charles Mill Dam is the topic for a public hearing scheduled for May 12th, 2021 at 6pm at the Matter Park Bandshell. The meeting is a cooperative effort with the Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Marion, its Engineering Department, and the Marion Common Council River District Development Subcommittee.
The meeting is planned for the Bandshell for social-distancing reasons. In case of inclement weather, Shelter 5 is nearby.
Mike Graft is the Head of Engineering; Marion City Councilman Gary T. Fordyce Sr., who represents Ward 1, is chairman of the River District Development Subcommittee; and Marion City Councilman Mike Cline, who represents Ward 2, is the subcommittee’s other member. The river runs between Wards 1 and 2.
No decision about the dam’s future will be made at the meeting, Graft, Fordyce, and Cline all agreed.
The public will have the opportunity to speak, and ground rules for speaking will be announced at the meeting.
A previous public hearing in 2020 focused on a plan to remove the dam for safety and environmental reasons. The May 12th hearing will continue that topic as well as discuss the dam’s history, its uses over the years, prospects for repairing and retaining the dam, and the future of Marion’s portion of the river if the dam is removed.