LAKE, WHAT LAKE??
I had planned to post a report on the very latest with the Murder Creek Dam
Project after the regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, only flaw in that
is, the Monday night meeting didn’t take place, cancelled, hopefully within the
next 2 weeks.
What’s up? No one seems
to know. The Dam meetings are scheduled to be the 1 Monday of every other
month but, again, what’s up?
We are into June now with another cancelled meeting, the April meeting was
cancelled. At the February meeting another executive session called after
opening and upon coming out of executive session, motion to adjourn
immediately. The meeting previous to that was the December 2014 meeting
and again the meeting was called into executive session immediately Upon
return from executive session a motion to adjourn was made and approved.
The very last meeting I can honestly say something happened at was the special
call September 2014 meeting where a motion was made to engage Balch and Bingham
law firm to look over all the “current” stuff and make sure everything’s on
track. This hiring was on Mayor Carter’s recommendation and came at a
cost of $19,700.00. Wonder what they've come up with to earn that
The "hired" attorneys were on hand at the December
meeting but due to executive session, nothing was open to report. Now
we’re midyear of 2015 and we can’t even get a meeting together. What’s
Most citizens of the county seem to think this lake could be a bonanza for Conecuh
but, just like so many things, it seems to have turned into a lost dream.
If you recall I reported in April 2014, backed up with an email from the U. S.
Army Corp of Engineers, that the lake project appeared to be in the throes of
death. A required environmental impact study which, based on the Corp of
Engineers reply, should have taken 9 months to 1 year had not been completed in
(at that time) 5 years. Also contained in that email from the Corp of
Engineers was a statement the project had been withdrawn and closed in
2012. Now we are another full year down the road from my initial report
and what has been accomplished? More money has been spent, more time has
been wasted and ------------??????
Hard thing to say because I know most of the members of this board but if we
are serious about getting a lake in here perhaps it’s time to look at replacing
this board. So far I’ve determined that more than $228,000.00 of county
funds have been spent since the inception of this project (that’s known funds
spent, I know another $30,000.00 was pledged by the commission but I don’t know
if it’s been used too). There may even be more county funds that have
been expended. I also understand that Southern Pine committed $10,000.00
to the project and I believe the Porch Creek Indians made a hearty commitment.
All those interested people and we can’t hold a meeting to let folks know
what’s going on? Please note my earlier posted article about Fleecing the
Since 2009 the current board has been working to accomplish something that
should take, by Corp of Engineers figures, 9 months to 1 year. That’s
more than 6 times the typical rate and we can’t even get a meeting called to
let the tax payers and citizens know what is happening. What’s up?
The members of this board are placed on this committee by our county
commissioners, is it time to put a little pressure on them and replace what
seems to be a group that just can’t move forward?
With the current status working in the manner it is, don’t buy
fishing poles or line, they’ll both be rotted by the time there’s water to drop