The City of Elk River received a petition requesting the formation of a lake improvement district (LID) in April 2019. Lake improvement districts allow citizens to address specific concerns for their local lake. The purpose of the Orono Lake Improvement District (OLID) is to address issues such as invasive species, water quality, fisheries and habitat improvements, and periodic dredging which are detailed in the Lake Management Plan. OLID projects are proposed to be funded through such sources as special assessments to property owners within the Lake Improvement District, federal/state grants, fees to affected properties, general obligation bonds, and donations. The OLID budget and goals would be discussed and approved during the annual meeting in July or August.
The Order Establishing Orono Lake Improvement District was reviewed and approved by City Council on June 17, 2019. The OLID Annual Meeting was held on August 26, 2019 where members discussed and voted on various items. The Board of Directors then shared the 2020 Proposed Budget and planned projects with Council on September 16, 2019.
Below are some helpful documents that provide more information about the OLID and Lake Orono: