On January 20, the Midland Daily News (MDN) had a front-page article about increasing sightings of coyotes in and around Sanford Lake. A local resident also advised FLTF of abundant coyotes hunting and living among the recently sprouted trees on the Wixom Lake bottomland. The MDN article included comments from individuals proposing hunting as a way to deal with the coyotes.
All property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District should receive a letter in the mail from FLTF by the first week of February. The purpose of the letter is to inform property owners of upcoming opportunities to have a one-on-one discussion regarding your tentative special assessment via the Preliminary Days of Review. The letter also shares information regarding the special assessment hearing and appeal process.
FLTF is constructing a temporary bridge between Sanford Dam and the embankment as part of the stabilization process. The dam will be above the water level and is movable. This temporary bridge will provide worker access to the dam and will be in place for several months. it will be removed at the completion of stabilization, later in 2022. Visitors to Sanford Village Park will be able to see the structure.
Over the last year, Four Lakes Task Force laid foundational pieces for recovery and restoration. These accomplishments positioned us well for 2022 and we remain optimistic and hopeful that we can successfully restore the lakes if the community works together and stays positive and focused.
In 2021 we were able to connect with many property owners through 16 public meetings, 60 news flashes and 64 website updates. Our erosion team was also hard at work stabilizing over two miles of shoreline.
There are upcoming opportunities for Four Lakes SAD property owners to have a one-on-one discussion regarding their tentative operations assessment.
Four Lakes Task Force made considerable progress on dam stabilization for Secord, Smallwood, Wixom and Sanford lakes during the last year. FLTF estimates about $20 million in funding is needed to stabilize the dams and properties. This work is necessary to minimize further shoreline erosion, protect properties, prevent further damage and erosion downstream, and safeguard property owners. All work conducted on the lakes and dams will be the foundation for final dam and lake level restoration.
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