August has been a very busy month, after the focus in July on obtaining the counties’ approval on the 2022-2024 Operations and Maintenance Special assessment. I wanted to provide a brief update of our progress and plans for the remainder of the year...
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Four Lakes Task Force has begun to review all aspects of the Independent Forensic Team’s (IFT) Final Report of the investigation of the Edenville and Sanford dam failures, released on May 4. In August 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) engaged the five-member IFT to investigate the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams in central Michigan. In September 2021, the IFT released an interim forensic report that included findings to date. The report issued Wednesday represents the completion of the IFT’s work.
FLTF Response to Independent Forensic Team Interim Report
Since the release of the interim Independent Forensic Team (IFT) report, Four Lakes Task Force and its consulting engineers have conducted their review of the report to get a better understanding of how the team formed its conclusions. In addition, we are nearing the 60% design phase of Secord and Smallwood and have major stabilization construction ongoing on Edenville to better inform ourselves on the condition of the dams....
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Several property owners have reached out to FLTF about a solicitation from attorneys that propose to legally challenge the Special Assessment District (SAD) to include other properties downstream. The claim asserts that the Special Assessment District boundaries should be extended to include properties that do not have access to the Four Lakes. In addition, FLTF has also received information that others within the lake level SAD boundaries plan to legally challenge the properties in the Special Assessment District. Property owners have asked our view on this effort.
Clark Hill PLC to Dave Kepler Re. Part 307 Legal Levels for Secord, Smallwood, Wixom and Sanford Lakes; and the Four Lakes Special Assessment District