In spring 2022, Four Lakes Task Force began the process to pre-qualify construction firms for the Secord and Smallwood dam restoration projects. The result is a list of eight contractors. Of those, four confirmed their intention to bid. One company is local to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The formal bid documents were released on October 17, 2022.
The Sanford Dam EGLE permit was submitted on November 1, 2022, and contained the following:
The Smallwood Dam project constitutes a more extensive review process and is defined as a “Major Project." This means that the project requires concurrent federal review (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)) as defined in the state and federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Memorandum of Agreement. The reason it is a “Major Project” is because over five acres of wetland will be impacted during construction.
FLTF received the EGLE permit (issued on November 2, 2022) for the Secord Dam project. This means that final construction to restore the dam can take place. Bidding for final construction will be completed this year. FLTF will continue to work with EGLE throughout the construction process to ensure the project is completed per the permit requirements.
In late May, 2022 Four Lakes Task Force began flood debris removal from the Wixom and Sanford lake bottomlands. Most debris is wood in some form. Mangled boat lifts, dock parts, boats and other heavily damaged debris have been scrapped. We found a few personal items of potential value.
The personal items include boat lifts, boats and dock sections. None of these items bear any information that allows identification of the owner, but the owner may be able to recognize an item and provide FLTF with proof of ownership. Proof may include owner’s existing photos of the item or description of characteristic marks, features or damage on the item. The first person to provide suitable proof of ownership will be allowed to inspect the item and decide whether to take possession. All of these items suffered damage during the flood. Lift damage may include, but is not limited to, damaged winch, bent frame members, damaged boat support parts, broken welds and missing parts. Boat damage may include, but is not limited to, hull dents and leaky seams. Dock sections may be missing some decking and frame condition is unknown. FLTF accepts no responsibility for the condition of the personal items.
Items that remain in FLTF possession on Dec. 31, 2022 will be considered abandoned and either sold or scrapped.
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