A community survey of all property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District was sent in late January/early February to understand residents’ views of the assessment and property owner demographics. Here are some common questions we're hearing now.
If I do not answer a question will my survey be counted?
Yes, you may leave a question blank and your survey will still count. We hope you will complete the entire survey. Your opinion is important to us.
How will my information be used?
The purpose is to inform the counties and FLTF decision-making related to the special assessment, as well as help us understand the sentiment of the community moving forward.
How is FLTF protecting confidentiality of the respondents?
The survey is anonymous. To make the survey easy to complete online, individual property owners have a code which can be tracked back to their name. This code system is designed to ensure that no one can take the survey more than one time. It can only be referenced by Public Sector Consultants and will not be used to review individual responses. No one in the FLTF organization will have access to the surveys or to the names of individuals who have completed a survey.
Why does the survey ask for demographic information?
Demographic information helps us understand broad characteristics of the population and analyze data based on those characteristics. It is a best practice for surveys to ask demographic information.
Where did the mailing list come from?
The mailing lists came from Midland and Gladwin counties, and FLTF created the final list based on parcel IDs of properties in the Special Assessment District.
Beginning the week of February 21, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will lower the water level on the Tobacco River side of Wixom Lake 13 feet. On Nov. 19, EGLE issued an emergency permit for this work which allows the Tobacco River spillway to be lowered, grading and stabilization of the dam and river channels, removal of fill and sediment, and redirecting the Tittabawassee River flow away from the dam’s breach. This is being done to reduce the risk of the Tobacco Dam failing and sending a surge of water down Sanford Lake where millions of dollars have been spent on flood recovery efforts.
Being on the lake/ice or lakebottom while Wixom Lake is lowered will be dangerous. The ice will break putting ice fisherman at great risk.
The water level will return once the Edenville Dam is rebuilt and Wixom Lake is filled to its legal lake level (2025-2026).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is covering 75 percent of the cost of the project while the remaining 25 percent will come from funds allocated by the legislature for dam work.
If you're interested in learning more about the legality of the court order on the lake levels and the Four Lakes Special Assessment District, check out a legal opinion and some frequently-asked-questions.
The lake levels of each of the four lakes are legally established, along with the Four Lakes Special Assessment District. This was done under Part 307, Inland Lakes, of Michigan Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act. P.A. 451 of 1994 as amended.
Public meetings will take place virtually every Thursday at 4 p.m. this month for each lake. Register to attend one of the other lake meetings in the coming weeks by clicking on the button below. If you can't make it we will post the presentation slides and a recording of the webinar on the Meetings page of our website.