Renns Lake residents hire attorney


A small creek continues to run through the heart of what was once Renn’s Lake, which is now overgrown with native grasses, reeds and small trees. Heavy equipment operators from Cole County Public Works have begun the process of breaching the dam at the south end of Renn’s Lake.

A small creek continues to run through the heart of what was once Renn’s Lake, which is now overgrown with native grasses, reeds and small trees. Heavy equipment operators from Cole County Public Works have begun the process of breaching the dam at the south end of Renn’s Lake. Photo by Julie Smith.

As Cole County starts returning the former Renns Lake to a stream, some residents there say they’ve have hired an attorney to seek compensation from Cole County government for their losses in property values.

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The county’s action this week culminates close to three years of discussions, mostly between the Cole County Commission and the approximately 50 property owners around the lake, on how to resolve the problems created by damage to the dam that created the lake.

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