From: Jack G. Conrad [mailto:jackgconrad @ earthlink.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 1:25 AM
Cc: Organizer@FriendsofPatrickEaganPark.org; Ward, John
Subject: Update on Greenway Funding (from Dakota County) and Alum Dosing Proposal (A Call to Action)
Dear Friends of the Eagan Core Greenway,
This is a brief update on the Funding Status for the three main Eagan Core Greenway properties still in private hands:
Applications were submitted in October for each of these properties to Dakota County's Farmland and Natural Areas Project (which resulted from last Fall's successful bonding referendum). Applications for these properties had the following sponsors:
Results thus far from the Natural Areas portion of the program are described below:
Al Singer, new head of the program, said that applications were basically separated into two categories, the first for lower price-tag properties that do not require a lot of administration, surveys, appraisals, etc. before completion, the second for higher price-tag properties that are associated with more complex funding formulas.
Dakota County Farmland and Natural Areas Project staffers, Al Singer and Kurt Chatfield, will be presenting their project working notes (on these finalists) to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners on January 20th (9:00 a.m.) at the County Office Bldg. in West St. Paul. Final funding decisions will ultimately rest with the Board of Commissioners.
Alum Dosing Proposal Status
On other fronts, the City Council is still trying to accumulate information about alum dosing (phosphate treatment) for water quality in Fish Lake and Black Hawk Lake. They hope to resolve the issue at a special Council meeting in January. It is no secret that Parks and Recreation Director, Ken Vraa, and City Water Resources Coordinator, Eric MacBeth, would like to have the City Council endorse their expensive, heavily engineered, chemical intensive holding tank + alum dosing proposal before Ken Vraa's retirement in March. That's one reason why they have yet to address any of the alternatives that both Barr Engineering and citizens like John Ward have brought to the attention of Council. What is troubling is that Eric MacBeth's proposal was developed before the recent State ban on phosphates, which would at least partially change the required treatment equation. Eric MacBeth seems more preoccupied with an expedient solution rather than the best long term solution in terms of cost, maintenance, environmental impact, and citizen acceptance.
For additional background, see the recent project report from John Ward (e-mailed to our list in early December) and "Recent News" (on the left-hand side) of our Web site (www.FriendsoftheEaganCoreGreenway.org) --- scroll down to articles #38 and #39.
What You Can Do: it can make a substantial difference if City Council members hear from you on this subject. You may wish to emphasize that you would like them to more thoroughly consider alternative less chemically intrusive and less costly approaches to water quality for Fish Lake and Black Hawk Lake. Their phone numbers are included below.Mayor Patrick Geagan: 330-1190
Thank you for your concern for Eagan's remaining green space.