Today Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) provided comments related to the recommendations being consider by the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force during its public meeting. In his statement, FLTF President Dave Kepler, on behalf of Midland and Gladwin counties, noted:
Secord Township supervisor and former FLTF board member Joel Vernier sheds light on these frequently asked questions.
In accordance with Part 307, the Counties of Midland and Gladwin decided that all costs associated with the maintenance of the lake levels are to be defrayed by special assessments. The process for making, levying and collecting special assessments will be similar to the process set forth in the Michigan Drain Code of 1956, Act 40, as amended. Each property owner will receive notice of their assessment, an opportunity to participate in a public “Day of Review” and object, and have a right to appeal the final assessment following the approval of the assessment rolls by each of the county board of commissioners.
After the acquisition of the Boyce Hydro properties through eminent domain/condemnation the properties have now been officially transferred to Four Lakes Task Force.
Now that FLTF has acquired the properties on behalf of the counties, we notified FERC of that fact. In addition, given there are significant issues with Boyce Hydro, the hydropower licenses and FERC, FLTF informed FERC (the regulatory authority for hydropower dams) it would be economically unfeasible to recover the investments needed to keep hydro on the dams.
In consultation with engineering firms and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we're investigating the required maximum flood capacity of the dams to accommodate higher flow volumes. Four Lakes Task Force vice president and retired engineer, Dave Rothman, explains.
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