Mayor Kyle R. Hastings and the Village Trustees have taken action to improve the Lake Lorin shoreline erosion that has taken place over recent years.
Following a recent Village board meeting that was attended by over 25 Lake Lorin area residents, Mayor Hastings met with the Village department heads and the Village engineer to tour and inspect the entire Lake Lorin area.
A failing shoreline is evident and needs to be addressed with the repair and placement of "rip-rap" and flagstone outcroppings. Efforts are now being made to secure funding for the repairs and improvements which could be well over $400,000.00.
The Village engineer is now in the process of investigating costs, materials, and procedures to plan for the improvements.
Village staff members are investigating matching funds that are available through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
A meeting will be planned for the spring to review Village plans with area residents.
Lake Lorin and the surrounding wetland are regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Lake is full of turtles, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass. Assorted birds and wildlife are abundant throughout the adjacent wetland and Kelly Park.
Tinley Creek which flows out of the north end of the Lake was recently improved by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) with an investment of over $600,000.00 to replant and re-grade the creek bed from Lake Lorin to 88th Avenue.
Lake Lorin is named after former Mayor Lorin Schaub whose inspired actions helped to create the beautiful open space venue. Schaub and his wife remain as long-time residents on Lake Lorin.