Tempe officals to vote on future of Tempe Town Lake

TEMPE, AZ - Tempe city officials will be making a major decision about the future of Tempe Town Lake on Thursday.

Officials want to spend 12.4 million dollars to design and manufacture a series of steel gates that will act as a dam on the west end of the lake.

The steel construction will replace a series of rubber bladders currently in place.

Those same bladders ruptured in July 2010, killing nearly 10,000 fish and causing much of the lake to drain.

While the 12.4 million dollars would cover the cost of designing the replacement dam, installing it could cost another 22 million dollars.

The vote is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall.

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