Beaver Dam Lake Development Corporation Mulls Options Over Skunk Island

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Lake Development Corporation met Thursday night to discuss Skunk Island. In recent years local duck hunters and the corporation have been at odds over the use of the land. In 2011 a decision was made to prohibit public access to the island on Beaver Dam Lake. Local duck hunters argued that closing the island is in direct conflict with the lake groups Articles of Incorporation and should remain open to the public as it had been for 50 years. Last month corporation members agreed to consult with a land use attorney who would research and present a plan of action for the group to consider. During last night’s meeting, Phil Addis of Addis Law Office says dividing up ownership of Skunk Island by creating a survey map would best accommodate all parties involved. He says it lets the city and public have access to the island and meets initial by-law intentions of opening the land for public use as well as removes the Lake Development Corporation from liability issues. The city would be better protected through recreational immunity laws. Addis says the city would have to agree to the plan if that is what ultimately happens. He says maintaining public involvement and communication is key throughout the process. The Lake Development Corporation will further discuss the matter at their August meeting with hopes of bringing in the Beaver Dam parks director, police chief and city attorney to gain their insight. Possible vote on the plan could come in September.