Sanford Dam update
There has been a flurry of activity at the Sanford Dam site over the past week keeping us on track for restoration. Continue reading to see photos.
Secord Gate Closure
FLTF is closing one of the two gates at Secord Dam on a temporary basis for work on the low-level intake structure. The lake is not being refilled and little change in Secord Lake level is expected. This gate will be closed for periods of time over the next several weeks while stop-logs are installed to enable work to be completed safely. The gate will be returned to its fully opened position after the work. This work is for inspection and the beginning of upgrades for the restoration, which are planned to start later this year. The gate will tentatively close early morning on Wednesday, July 27th.
Property owners are entitled to due process in appealing their Four Lakes lake level assessment under the Inland Lake Level Act, Part 307 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. As Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) resolves logistics and jurisdiction issues, we want property owners to know that FLTF will not object to appeals on the grounds of late filing if the appeal is submitted by August 15th.
Tuesday, July 12, the Gladwin and Midland County Boards of Commissioners both unanimously approved the assessment roll for the Operations & Maintenance Assessment. The Commissioners also approved the Computation of Cost for Operations & Maintenance and the $250 million project cost estimate for restoring the four dams. The vote was an important step toward rebuilding the dams. The Operations & Maintenance Assessment is planned to appear on the December 2022 property tax bill.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12th, at 12:00 PM, the Gladwin and Midland county Boards of Commissioners will jointly meet at Meridian High School (3303 N Meridian Rd, Sanford, MI). The public is welcome to attend and there will be a public comment period.
FLTF Recommendation to the Counties
Based on the Public Sector Consultants (PSC) Report of its 2022 Survey which was published last week, of those that participated in the survey:
In 2022, Four Lakes Task Force initiated a survey of the Four Lakes Special Assessment District property owners. The 2022 survey was sent out in April, shortly after news of the $200 million state grant. It was conducted by Public Sector Consultants (PSC), an independent, nonpartisan company based in Lansing. The 2022 survey is similar to the survey completed by PSC in 2021.
A few key takeaways from the PSC report:
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