Muskrats love Proctor Park lake's aerator

The aerator in the lake at Proctor Park has had to be repaired twice recently after the power was cut off by muskrats chewing on the power cables in the lake. More conduit has been installed and will hopefully will stop the problem.

The aerator in the lake at Proctor Park has had to be repaired twice recently after the power was cut off by muskrats chewing on the power cables in the lake. More conduit has been installed and will hopefully will stop the problem. Photo by David Wilson.

The City of California Board of Aldermen was informed at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 3, of a problem with muskrats and the aerator in the Proctor Park.

According to Electric Supervisor Rick Graham and Park Supervisor Robert Pace the aerator has been pulled from the lake twice to repair damage caused to the power cable by chewing of muskrats. The second time, more conduit was added to the power line. Hopefully, this will prevent the problem from happening again. Since the system is protected by a ground-fault interrupter, the power shuts off as soon as a short is detected.


Pace added that he has had many positive comments about the aerator and its fountain-like appearance.

The request of an extension of Latham Road to accommodate the Moniteau Christian Ministries Center (MCMC) facility to be built was discussed. The Rev. Linda Pagel and Barb Mannering, represented the MCMC, were present to answer questions about the request. The matter had been tabled at the September meeting with council members advised to look the area over.

"It's a ministry that is moving into a new phase," Pagel said.

The land has been donated and a building is being built. As a result she said the MCMC may need the community's help in building a road.

For more of this story check out the Oct. 5 issue of the California Democrat.

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