Some people are bound and determined to find fault with everything. Excuse me a moment while I point out a couple of things.
1) SOLE didn't estimate costs for the dredging project at or around $2M. Engineers did that based on best practices and common experience. It's what's called an educated guess. No real costs could be known until after the bids were opened.
2) The bids weren't opened until Monday night. Before that nobody knew what the bids would be. That's why they call them sealed bids.
3) Get over the creek walls already. The creek walls are a separate project that was budgeted several years ago. They are near the lake but have no more to do with this discussion than the tank does.
4) In response to your questions to me. 1) It's a recession and somebody is looking for work for his crew. We got lucky. Enjoy. 2) No. 3) Please see all of the conversation above. There was an advisory referendum asking for $2M for the Lake Leota project. Because it was advisory it's not binding. See? 4) Authorizing an upper limit and taking out a loan are two separate things. Stop mixing things up. It's only stirring up your blood pressure.