Governor Signs Appropriations Bill
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after receiving approval last week from the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, today signed the supplemental bill that included $200 million of support for the rebuilding of the Four Lakes dams and restoring our community's future.
Join us Wednesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. for a Community Information webinar where FLTF will share information about funding and financing. Topics include:
In January 2021, property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District received a survey from Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based policy research firm, that sought to better understand how the August 2020 dam failures impacted them and to gauge property owners' willingness to pay an assessment to rebuild the dams.
Governor Announced Support for Bill
Today, the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives passed an appropriation that included $200 million to support the rebuilding of the Four Lakes dams which will restore our community's future. We expect the measure to be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced her support of the bill yesterday. We appreciate her empathy for the community's recovery since the dam failures.
Final Step Is Governor's Signature
The Michigan Senate and House have been in negotiations, along with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff, to reconcile state budget supplemental appropriations.
Members of the House Appropriations Committee convened last night and cleared a nearly $5 billion supplemental which included funding for the Four Lakes. We expect this supplemental will go to the House and Senate today for approval, and we expect the Governor to sign.
Spring Rains Causing High Water Levels
Recent heavy rainfall has resulted in higher water levels for the Four Lakes, with water expected to continue to rise through the day. Residents in the area of Radov Drive directly below Smallwood Dam were notified overnight about rising water levels. Property owners are asked to keep a close eye on their property and take action if necessary to safeguard themselves and their property.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Water Resources Division (WRD) has posted a public notice to the MiWaters home page. The notice is also being sent to Wixom Lake property owners whose parcels are adjacent to Edenville Dam. The notice is to give property owners an opportunity to comment on recent design work performed under emergency order of EGLE. The work involved the creation of design documents to stabilize the dams. To view the document, click on this link.
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