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LETTER: Are there conflicts of interest with lake committee?

To the Editor: After reading numerous articles about Lake Mitchell, I felt compelled to write a letter. Here's some information from the Lake Committee meetings: Frya's reason to clean up Lake Mitchell -- secondary water supply -- recreation -- i...

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To the Editor:

After reading numerous articles about Lake Mitchell, I felt compelled to write a letter.

Here's some information from the Lake Committee meetings:

Frya's reason to clean up Lake Mitchell - secondary water supply - recreation - increase property values. Why should taxes be used to increase property values at the lake?

Lake Mitchell was formed in 1928. By 1930 we were seeing water quality problems.

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Timeline:

May 11: Restoration study in hot water - Carter Lake, Frya's "crown Jewel" - officials unhappy with Frya. Did total fish kill - added alum - water too clear - heavy weed growth - clogged boat motors - put end to water sports. Kippes said they're dealing with maybe a more serious problem.

June 14: Lake committee leaning away from Frya.

August 5: Board member says "we spent a lot of time focusing on Frya even after we're not going with Frya".

August 29: Mayor says we might see improvement in 5-7 years.

August 30: Restoration proposal make its way to council - "Appears to have risen from the dead." Tim McGannon says the 524 to 1 watershed to lake ratio has Frya worried - nervous about Lake MItchell.

September 2: Councilman Olson can't vote for study.

September 6: Study tabled - 90 percent against after overwhelming public outcry. Frya's plan - slow steady approach equals lots of money - no guarantees.

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Once we start putting money in - we're on the hook. Fifteen million, maybe more. Once Frya said we might be able to get grant money - committee members, mayor and some council members were all in.

Water quality doesn't seem to keep people from buying new homes at the lake. Near as I can tell - four committee members live on the lake or across from the lake. That is a conflict interest.

A committee member stated "lake is vital to us if something happens" - but he lives at the lake. Plus we do have the water treatment plant. As long as cities will spend millions, companies will charge millions.

Stewart Hanson

Mitchell

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