Colon considers public docks at Palmer Lake

A proposal to add public docks at a community park with shoreline along Palmer Lake in Colon could be settled Tuesday, as members of the village council are slated to address the issue.

To accommodate the larger-than-usual number of audience members, the 7 p.m. meeting has been moved to the Colon Community Fire and Rescue Barn, west of town on M-86.

A group of local residents and business owners would like to finance, install and winterize public docks at Veteran Memorial Park on Swan Street.

Carl Thornton, owner of Five Star Pizza, said the idea is to provide boaters a place to park their watercraft for a few hours. The opportunity would allow parties to then walk a few blocks into town, and patronize restaurants and stores.

He has spearheaded a group of people willing to purchase, install, maintain and store the docks.

Thornton said opponents have indicated the potential for accident or injury, recalling a drowning death at the park in the 1970s. Thornton said he understands the sensitivity and he, too, does not wish to see anything of that nature occur at the proposed dock area.

Thornton estimates it will cost as much as $12,000 to purchase and install the docks.

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