In Your Corner: Tulleevin Lake, One Year Later

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM EDT

Last May, Tulleevin Lake in Northern Allen County was drying up. With water levels of only about 3 feet, residents say it was little more than a moss pit in the summer. To the concern of a few, the private 4-acre body of water was drained and excavated. 25-thousand dollars later, here's the result, a deeper and much better looking body of water.
Keith Cromwell/Resident- "we are happy, a total commitment from the neighborhood to do something. We decided we needed to do something and have an upgrade".
Since Tulleevin Lake is private, it fell on neighbors to fund the project, Eric and Kay Beemer put up the money to start and neighbors have voluntarily paid them back. This spring resident Keith Cromwell noticed that during heavy rains contaminated water was leaking into the pond. The Allen County health department told us while they couldn't identify any drainage, a private pond like Tulleevin doesn't require permits or their oversight. They did send out letters indicating a new sewer line would likely be coming in a few years, Keith Cromwell says the lake won't survive until that time and repair work needs to be done on the 40-year old field tile.
Keith Cromwell "it will preserve the water and keep property values up and keep the system working correctly until we have the new hook-up, it would last for 20 years."
Even though they've just paid for the excavation, Cromwell says the field tile can't wait for the new sewer line, he's been educating the 12 surrounding homes about how without the repairs the contaminated water will slowly destroy the lake they've worked so hard to fix. The repairs will cost each family about 650 dollars, as soon as the money is collected, Cromwell hopes to start the project.

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