2020 will soon be behind us, but our work in many ways is just starting.
The counties made the decision to take the Boyce property and escape from an owner and system that failed to keep us safe, left people without homes and facing major repairs and an uncertain future.
Regretfully, some of us will choose to move before we rebuild. It is unfair and wrong that the previous dam owner would be allowed to under-invest, and the very people that are impacted should pay. We live with these facts every day as we help people recover. We are blessed with an incredible team of volunteers and experts that are focused on helping people recover AND rebuild our future.
Board member elections
At the December 17, 2020 annual meeting, the board of directors accepted Carl Kerr's formal resignation from the board which will be put into effect on December 31, 2020. Kerr served on the board as a representative for Secord Lake during 2020. Chuck Sikora, nominated by the Secord Lake Association, will take Kerr's place. His term is 2021-2024.
Flood Control and the Four lakes
FOUR LAKES DAMS: BUILT TO GENERATE HYDROELECTRIC POWER
The four dams that make up the four lakes system – Secord, Smallwood, Edenville and Sanford dams – were built for the purpose of generating hydroelectricity.
The following language is copied from a July 19, 2019 report by Essex Consulting:
mussel survey taking place december 9-10
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will be conducting mussel surveys and collection around the lakeshore on the Tobacco side of Wixom Lake Dec. 9 and 10. It will be a group of 6-10 people working at the water's edge with rakes and buckets. Don't be alarmed and please don't distract them from their work.
During the winter of 2020-2021, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will install a temporary bridge over Wixom Lake and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will modify the Tobacco River side of the Edenville Dam to make it safer.
Bankruptcy Court Ruling Enables Condemnation to Proceed | Operations Transition Team Announced
Judge Daniel Opperman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a motion to allow Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) to acquire title to the Boyce properties through condemnation. The ruling is a key step in FLTF’s efforts to rebuild the dams and restore the lakes following the catastrophic dam breaches on May 19.
Sanford Dam debris Removal Report
This is the final report on the Sanford Dam debris removal project provided by the project volunteer lead, Bill Gebo.
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