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...
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.
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.
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.