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Sunset on Lake Hallett.


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Welcome to the Lake Hallett Association
St. Peter, MN

Winter 2007.   Welcome to the Lake Hallett Association home page. Please read the Online Newsletter for the events details.

As part of Winterfest 2007 St. Peter will hold a Polar Bear Plunge Sunday, February 18, 2007, on Lake Hallett. Registration: 11 a.m. at plunge site and plunge time is 2 p.m. For more information contact 507-934-3400 or email spchamb@hickorytech.net. Additional information is available at the Special Olympics of Minnesota Organization or the City of St. Peter's tourism website.

This year the Lake Hallett Association was very excited to be chosen by Minnesota Waters to participate in Lake Monitoring Planning Training. From this training we are in the process of developing a monitoring plan for Lake Hallett. From the data we collect we hope to gauge and assess the health of Lake Hallett and monitor historical trends that indicate good or bad health of the lake. Read all about it in the Winter 2007 Newsletter.

The Friends of Lake Hallett, a community based public interest group, has been addressing the St. Peter City Council at open meetings and workshops over the last year. The Friends are addressing public concern for city park and commercial development around Lake Hallett. The city council has been very receptive to the commentary of the Friends group. The Friends of Lake Hallett was formed about a year ago. The group meets ocassionally and welcomes new members or guests. If you wish to know more about the group contact the LHA President.

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

Backwashing proposed at the St Julien WTP

St. Julien Water Plant Water Reclamation Project Engineering. Public Works Director Giesking recommended Bolton and Menk, Inc. be retained to prepare preliminary engineering documents for a proposed project to reclaim water being backwashed at the St. Julien Water Treatment Plant rather than sending the water for treatment at the wastewater treatment plant. Giesking indicated that while the project cost might be as much as $100,000, the costs expended would be paid back in monthly savings from water cost and treatment costs in less than five years. In motion by Schultz, seconded by Pfeifer, Resolution No. 2006-142 entitled "Resolution Authorizing Engineering For Water Reclamation System Project At Saint Julien Water Treatment Plant" was introduced. Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted. A complete copy of Resolution No. 2006-142 is contained in the City Administrator's book entitled Council Resolutions 15. Source: Minutes Of The City Council Meeting - September 11, 2006.

Storm Water Creates Jobs

Storm Water Utility Positions Establishment. Public Works Director Giesking recommended creation of a Stormwater Foreman and Stormwater Operator positions, establishment of starting wage amounts and pay equity points for both, adoption of position descriptions for both, modifications to the position descriptions for Wastewater Foreman, Construction Operator and Engineering Technician and authorization to recruit for the Stormwater Foreman position. Giesking pointed out that the Stormwater Foreman will be responsible for implementation of the City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Vogel, Resolution No. 2006-133 entitled "Resolution Creating Stormwater Foreman And Operator Positions And Updating Job Descriptions For The Construction Operator, Engineering Technician And Wastewater Foreman" was introduced. Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted. A complete copy of Resolution No. 2006-133 is contained in the City Administrator's book entitled Council Resolutions 15. Source: Minutes Of The City Council Meeting - August 28, 2006.

City Phosphorus Reduction Efforts

Phosphorus Reduction Grant Application. Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton requested formal authorization for submission of an application to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for grant funds of $500,000 as part of the Clean Water Legacy Act for phosphorus reduction efforts through the wastewater treatment plant. Moulton indicated the City Administrator had authorized submission of the grant because of the July 31st deadline and the State needed a formal resolution from the Council. In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2006-128 entitled "Resolution Authorizing The City of Saint Peter To Submit A Phosphorus Reduction Grant Application To The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) And To Authorize City Officials To Execute A Grant Agreement On Behalf Of The City of Saint Peter For The Wastewater Treatment Facility" was introduced. Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted. A complete copy of Resolution No. 2006-128 is contained in the City Administrator's book entitled Council Resolutions 15. Source: Minutes Of The City Council Meeting - August 14, 2006.

City Promotes Healthy Lifestyles and Activies

Governor's Fit City Program. City Administrator Prafke presented a recommendation for submission of an application to the Governor Fit City Program which recognizes efforts by cities to promote healthy lifestyles and activities. Prafke indicated the City already meets most of the criteria for the program and it would be a valuable promotional effort for the City at little or no expense to the City. In motion by Schultz, seconded by Vogel, Resolution No. 2006-91 entitled "Resolution Authorizing Submission of Governor's Fit City Program Application" was introduced. Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted. A complete copy of Resolution No. 2006-91 is contained in the City Administrator's book entitled Council Resolutions 15. Source: Minutes Of The City Council Meeting - June 26, 2006.

 


For decades children and adults have discovered the joys of
Lake Hallett...
fishing, swimming, boating, floating, snorkeling, SCUBA dving and exploring this jewel in the midst of the city.
The Lake Hallett Association is working to provide this same opportunity to future generations.
Thank you for your continued support.


Check it out!

Lake Hallett is on the NASA website.
NASA site "Testing the Waters".
Commentary and pictures of Lake Hallett on the 2nd page "Plumbing the Depths".

Mission Statement

The Lake Hallett Association is dedicated to the protection and promotion of Lake Hallett as an environmentally-sound recreational and aesthetic resource for the citizens of the St. Peter Area. Since Lake Hallett is one of the cleanest lakes in southern Minnesota, we believe it is better to enjoy this natural resource as it is now then to degrade it by using it for storm water treatment of St. Peter's industrial and residential runoff. It has become well understood by water resource managers that storm water from agricultural and urban areas has degraded many of our precious water resources (especially in Southern Minnesota). We believe that the citizens of St. Peter will be best served by the local governing body by diversion of the storm water away from lake Hallett. This would be the most cost effective way to maintain the current water quality of Lake Hallett for generations to come. Diversion of the treated storm water could be done relatively easily and would be much less expensive then available lake restoration and maintenance techniques that will be needed if the lake continues to be used for storm water treatment.

Highlights from Past Projects

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Junk Dive 2002
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Barrel Dive 2002

 

 

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