Tubing on Dodd's Lake discussed
Council agreed to revisit a set of rules that govern use of Dodd’s Lake. During a delegation at council June 25 resident Mark Linski approached council with a handful of letters, his daughter and a few neighbours.
He said his daughter and friends make use of Dodd’s Lake for tubing. He wasn’t aware there was a set of rules of who can and can’t use the lake.
While Linski had heard some people were concerned about the potential harm of tubing in the lake, Linski assured council the girls “are respectful.”
“We are not affecting the habitat or whipping into the weeds affecting the wildlife,” he said. “We don’t want to see it banned. We are respectful. People are just having some fun.”
Mayor Jim Romane said a number of rules were adopted by council a number of years ago as a result of discussions with Alberta Environment and neighbours with concerns for powerboats.
“It was set out to appease a concern by Alberta Environment and (we) created a general set of rules that needs to be revisited.”
He said the rules limited a number of boats going on the lake and required people get permission from the town to access the land.
“It gave the town some idea who was out there to track back if anything happened.”
He said tubing is certainly a different use than has been seen before and added the lake is largely intended for un-powered boats.
“As far as changing the rules, that’s something we’d have to revisit,” he said.
Linksi left the letters he brought with him. He said they were from neigbours who can see the lake from their porches and don’t see any issue with tubing.