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Duncan asking for residents opinions on lake improvements

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Duncan residents are getting a chance to voice their opinions on what improvements and recreational activities they want to see at the city's lakes.

Thursday night, the Duncan Lakes Commission and the City of Duncan will host a public meeting to get input in the ongoing planning process.

That meeting will be held at the Red River Technology Center in the Jerry D. Morris Business and Industry Services Building, room 108.

More swimming areas, picnic tables and places to grill are a few of the suggestions people who live around Lake Humphreys and Clear Creek Lake want to see.

Alex Henry, Public Works Director for the City of Duncan says it's important to get residents feedback.

"A lot of times it's a lot easier to get a grant if you have an actually master plan in place that's kind of supported and backed by the people, so it's not just myself as one person from the City of Duncan representing this is what we want," said Henry. "We can go and say we had a actual public input session. This is what we came up with. This is what we're proposing. It makes it easier to sell a grant application process."

The Master Plan will include renovations at all four city lakes including, Humphreys, Clear Creek, Fuqua and Duncan Lake.

The city has a $90,000 budget and has contacted engineers out of Oklahoma City who are ready to go to work. This money, as well as the grant from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and other state or federal agencies will give them the money they need to make the upgrades.

"We've got at least 3 or 4 months left if I'm recalling correctly. This is the first of our public meetings. We'll have another one kind of towards the later half of the master planning process just to kind of give people a draft of where we are and then we will finalize in probably fall sometime."

This will be some of the biggest upgrades they've done in the past few years. Neighbors at the lakes say they're excited and ready for these improvements to be done.

The forum will be Thursday night from 6 until 8 p.m. You can also submit suggestions online through the City of Duncan's website.

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