"The state’s attorneys said they could have documented more damages but appeared to acknowledge that getting money from Mueller would be difficult given that he filed for bankruptcy in 2020."
The State of Michigan took early emergency actions to address public safety in the community after the dam failures. There was a $15 million civil penalty from the federal government and now a $120 million judgment from the State for natural resources damages.
It is unlikely this will result in any funds to support Four Lakes restoration coming from Lee Mueller (owner of Boyce Hydro) or any of the Boyce entities that went through bankruptcy in 2020.
We understand the frustration of many property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District of having to address the damages of the prior owner. We remain committed to finding funds to lower the financial burden for restoration as much as possible.
FLTF continues to need financial resources to address channel cleanup, recreational development, long-term lake management plans and other tasks. State grants and monies from assessments cannot be used for these purposes and we need to reduce the financial burden on our communities.
Would you consider donating to support these efforts? Our region is much stronger with lakes than without. Your donation will help restore the Four Lakes communities so we can enjoy the lakes long into the future.