Four Lakes Communities –
Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) will fulfill a commitment that was made in September 2020 to provide a feasible plan to restore the lakes. This plan, following this comprehensive study, will be shared with the community on May 13th, 2021 and will be subsequently published online before the joint county board meeting on May 25th. This is a large and complex project, with many variables, and there are several webinars and community engagement activities planned. Most of the work for the study is completed and we will be sharing information that will be part of the study over the next month. The remaining areas of work are in the areas of environmental planning, affordability analysis and the Public Sector Consultants survey report.
These are the facts that will be explained in the Feasibility Study:
1. Do not restore the lakes.
Finally, we will present a view to the county commissioners regarding whether a majority of lake owners want:
This will all be reviewed in the coming weeks and at the May 13th special board meeting. We will ask the lake association boards to provide a written response of their view to the counties by May 25th. We will have public comment periods during these meetings.
The Four Lakes Task Force has a legal and contractual obligation to the state and counties to bring the Four Lakes back to their legal lake levels. We have a feasible plan to do so, and it is the right thing to do, so we are moving forward. This letter is the start of three months of community review on project plans, lake benefits and details related to the Special Assessment District so everyone has a chance to understand the plan.
The Four Lakes will be restored with the continued support of the lake communities and associations, Midland and Gladwin counties, and the State of Michigan and its agencies, standing shoulder to shoulder in partnership to implement this plan. We will be asking the federal government for its continued support as well.
Four Lakes Task Force
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