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Water line bursts at costly bathhouse

Ice runs down the walls of the bathhouse. (Jimmy Lovrien/News-Chronicle)1 / 3
A broken ceiling tile and rubble on the complex's laundry room floor. (Jimmy Lovrien/News-Chronicle) 2 / 3
Ice forms on the exterior walls and door of the Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex. A water line in the bathhouse leaked, but city officials are investigating the cause. The bathhouse opened in 2017. (Jimmy Lovrien/Lake County News Chronicle)3 / 3

A water line has leaked at the new Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse complex in Two Harbors.

Late last week, a thick layer of ice covered the sidewalk that wraps around and passes through the complex, between the bathhouse and the office. Ice had also formed on windows, doors and exterior walls. A broken ceiling tile and rubble were visible through a window on the laundry room door.

The Burlington Bay Campground bathhouse, which opened last year, was originally budgeted for $400,000. When the bids to build the bathhouse were submitted in March 2016, the lowest bid was $868,600.

Located next to the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce building, the bathhouse serves the new RV campground.

City Administrator Dan Walker confirmed the leak for the News-Chronicle, but did not answer additional questions due to the city's ongoing investigation into the cause of the leak and the extent of the damage.

In December, the Two Harbors City Council approved the 2018 budget, which includes $250,000 for another new bathhouse in the far north corner of the campground. The building is budgeted for the campground fund. The current bathhouse on that end of the campground sustained fire damage in October.

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