By DEB WUETHRICH
Tecumseh City Council is expected to consider a resolution Monday night allowing the city to authorize a bond so that an engineering study on repairs to the Red Mill Dam may be obtained. The cost to obtain the engineering study is estimated to be $8,000 to $12,000.
Tecumseh City Manager said the way the law is written, residents have to obtain names on a petition requesting that a Lake Level District with Lenawee County be created under Public Act 451 of 1994 before the costs are known involving the dam’s repair.
“It’s just the way the law is written, and it’s not the county’s fault or anyone else’s fault, but it’s a little backwards,” said Welch.
He said he has been in touch with Drain Commissioner Steve May, as well as Frank Quinn and Robert Stross of the Friends of Red Mill Dam, and many names have been obtained, but the petition has not yet been submitted to the county.
“Once they submit the petition, they are pretty much committed, but the cost of the repairs are not known,” Welch said, indicating that it puts people in a difficult position for moving forward.
“The agreement would be subject to council’s approval, but the city could put up the bond so there would be assurance that we will pay the engineering costs if a district is not created,” he said. “That would allow the county to get estimates without having the commitment from residents first.”
Welch also will be assuring council Monday night that in offering the bond, the city expresses that it has no intentions to own, operate or otherwise fund the repairs to the dam, unless required to do so as a part of an assessment district determined by the county.
“This would just allow everyone to better know what they’re up against,” said Welch. “It’s not uncommon to do something like this for a special assessment for something like roads. We would do this basically to help the residents.”