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Re: E-M:/ Wayne County Town Hall -- Humbug-- County's participation
- Subject: Re: E-M:/ Wayne County Town Hall -- Humbug-- County's participation
- From: Roger Kuhlman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 17:34:03 -0800 (PST)
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Enviro-Mich message from Roger Kuhlman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I sure hope the primary and over-riding purpose of
Humbug Marsh is as a wildlife refuge. I don't want to
see it become a second Point Pelee or Crane Creek and
function as a tourist or even a birding-tourist
hotspot. Making a lot of accomondations to lure in
visitors defeats the reason for having created the
refuge in the first place.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
--- "Blair J. Mc Gowan" <email@example.com> wrote:
> The County of Wayne has taken ownership of, and a
> large amount of responsibility for the 40+acre
> parcel just to the north of Humbug Marsh and Humbug
> Island, formerly the Chrysler Paint Plant, in
> Although this property will be leased to the US Fish
> and Wildlife Service for the Visitors Center for the
> International Wildlife Refuge, the County has been
> investing staff and funds into the development of
> this site. The County has pledged that this
> visitors center will be a Platinum Certified LEED
> development (www.usgbc.org/ ) The architecture firm
> of Hamilton Anderson is designing landscape, use and
> building plans. Already many hundreds of thousands
> of dollars have been spent. The entire visitors
> center will cost millions.
> The County played an important role at a critical
> moment, responding to the well organized effort to
> save Humbug Marsh, and working non-competitively
> with the staffs Congressman Dingell, River Navigator
> John Hartig, the Friends of the Detroit River, and
> many many very motivated grass roots citizens and
> In this "exception" to the sorry story of
> "opportunities lost" which Cliff, Smiley, Cowherd
> et al., have laid out for our consideration, there
> is material difference -- an essential component to
> any progressive change. We had champions!
> With a similar mobilization of citizens, I believe
> the County could restore Fort Wayne, develop
> Fordsom Island, salvage the Boblo Boat, or even
> build a new age golf course in the abandoned 40 acre
> plots on the near east side of the City.
> All it takes is love. . .
> Blair Mc Gowan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Doug Cowherd
> To: Enviro-mich
> Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 10:14 AM
> Subject: Re: E-M:/ Wayne County Town Hall meeting
> Jack, should we assume the answers to your
> (rhetorical) questions about Wayne County's park
> millage money are "No"?
> If that's the case, then I am truly amazed. I
> thought the steps taken towards selling parkland by
> Ann Arbor's senior City administrators and Mayor -
> just after the citizens voted 2-1 to buy more
> parkland - were outrageous. But Wayne County
> appears to be setting the standard for cynical abuse
> of the public's goodwill on parks issues.
> Doug Cowherd
> Chair, Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group
> Smileysmlc@aol.com wrote:
> I just received this notice for a Town Hall
> meeting tonight:
> "Town Hall meeting with Wayne County Executive
> Robert A. Ficano, will feature an overview of county
> programs and goals. County department heads will
> also be present. There will an opportunity for you
> to ask questions about county government. Hope you
> can join us. Light refreshments will be served.
> For more details call 313 467-6945."
> "Wayne County Executive... Town Hall meeting
> hosted in the 5th commission district, Southwest
> On: Tuesday Feb 28, 2006
> At: Greater Apostolic Faith Temple
> 4735 W Fort St, Detroit 48209
> Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM"
> County residents might want to ask about the
> management of the Wayne County Parks millage
> money--which raises approximately $12 million per
> year. The Parks millage initially passed 10 years
> ago under the guise that it would raise money for
> park land acquisition , for fixing up Fort Wayne,
> and for a variety of other park improvements. In 10
> years, has one single acre of park land been
> purchased? Has a single dollar gone into the
> renovation of Fort Wayne? Is there an audit
> available for public inspection which details where
> the money has been spent? Why does Wayne County not
> have a Parks Commission to oversee operation of the
> Parks Department and expenditure of millage money?
> Wayne County also created the first Wetland
> Mitigation Bank in the state. How much money was
> lost on that project? Why was the bank such a
> failure? Since it was never certified by MDEQ, has
> it been officially "closed"?
> I'm sure there are a host of other questions
> that people should ask.
> Jack Smiley
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