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>Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 10:10:50 -0400
>From: Linda Berauer <lberauer@umich.edu>
>To: Liz Brater <lizb@ecocenter.org>, Nancy Shiffler <shifflern@hotmail.com>
>cc: aheise@orchard.wccnet.org
>Subject: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19 (fwd)
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>
>Dear Liz and Nancy (and Doug),
>
>Here's the update we sent out to our big list.  Please free to forward to
>your network.  Individuals who want to be added to our list should e-mail
>Sally Rutzky at srutzky@earthlink.net, our ace list maintainer.
>
>Thanks for coming to represent your constituencies.  We are appalled that
>neither of you were called upon to speak.
>
>Linda
>
>---------- Forwarded Message ----------
>Date: Friday, August 17, 2001 9:01 AM -0400
>From: srutzky@earthlink.net
>To: srutzky@earthlink.net
>Subject: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19
>
>
>URGENT REQUEST FOR REBUTTAL LETTER TO MDNR's PLAN
>
>Thank you to all who attended the DNR's public meeting in Pinckney on Aug.
>14th and to those
>who spoke so eloquently.  It was a great turnout!  We want to especially
>recognize Rep. John Hansen and Senator Alma Wheeler Smith (represented by
>Mary Schroer) for speaking on our behalf, and Liz Brater (Ecology Center)
>and Nancy Shiffler (Sierra Club) who came prepared to speak but were not
>called upon.
>
>We urgently request that you send a rebuttal letter to Chief Rodney Stokes
>of the MDNR's Parks and Recreation Bureau about the plan that was presented
>at the meeting.  See below for a summary of the MDNR's plan and our
>response.
>
>According to Rodney Stokes, written comment MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUG.
>28th.
>A final
>decision will be made 30 days after that date.
>
>Send your letter via snail mail and e-mail.  We need to inundate the MDNR
>with as many letters as possible.
>
>Send to:
>
>Mr. Rodney Stokes
>Chief, MDNR Parks and Recreation Bureau
>Stevens T. Mason Building
>P.O. Box 30257
>Lansing, MI  48909-7757
>E-mail:  stokesra@state.mi.us
>
>
>It would help immensely to copy your letter to:
>
>Mr. K.L. Cool
>Director, MDNR
>P.O. Box 30028
>Lansing, MI  48909-7757
>
>Mr. Robert Tetens
>Supervisor, Dexter Township
>6880 Dexter-Pinckney Rd.
>Dexter Township 48130
>tetensr@co.washtenaw.mi.us
>
>Senator Alma Wheeler Smith
>510 Farnum Building
>P.O. Box 30036
>Lansing, MI  48909-7536
>E-mail: SenASmith@senate.state.mi.us
>
>Rep. John Hansen
>0986 House Office Bldg
>P.O. Box 30014
>Lansing, MI 48909-7514
>E-mail: jphansen@house.state.mi.us
>
>
>Mr. Stokes' boss (DNR Director Kool) and our elected reps need to know the
>extent of the opposition!
>
>We also strongly urge letter-writing to the editor of your local paper.
>
>
>PUBLIC MEETING SUMMARY/FPL'S RESPONSE
>
>Over 250 people attended the public meeting.  About 30 people were allowed
>to speak out of approximately 80 who signed up at the meeting. Only two
>people spoke in favor of the MDNR's plan.
>
>Here is the summary of the MDNR's plan as taken from our notes.  We are
>still waiting for a copy of this plan.
>
>
>Parking lot:
>
>1.  MDNR states that erosion exists in this area and will be resolved by
>grading and covering it with limestone; boulders will be placed around the
>perimeter to confine vehicular traffic to the parking lot.
>
>2.  Parking will be restricted to 5 car and 5 car/trailer spaces; one of
>each will be barrier-free.
>
>
>Waterfront area:
>
>1.  MDNR states that erosion exists from the edge of the parking lot to the
>water's edge.  This area, excluding a small area set aside as a beach, will
>be graded and covered with limestone.
>
>2.  Cars and car/trailers will continue to be allowed access to the water's
>edge.
>
>3.  Handicap accessibility to the pier will be provided via limestone
>surface suitable for a wheelchair.
>
>4.  A small, rectangular sandy area (estimated at 8' x 12') west of the
>entrance to the pier will be re-constructed to fix the alleged erosion
>problem and to provide a sandy area [new sandbox!].  Construction would
>involve excavating ("temporarily" removing the sand), laying down a type of
>geo-tech fabric at the base, depositing 4" of gravel infill, covering that
>with a geo-web material, and topping it all by 2" of sand.
>
>
>FPL's rebuttal:
>
>The needs of the primary users--swimmers, nature lovers, canoers, kayakers,
>picnickers, low-impact anglers, etc.--have not been incorporated into the
>MDNR's plan.  The MDNR views Pickerel as primarily a boating and fishing
>lake.  Their plan aims to facilitate access by vehicles with boats and to
>discourage other users.  We feel that primary usage should dictate the plan
>for Pickerel Lake.  We advocate non gas-powered boats that are appropriate
>for the size of this lake.
>
>
>Parking lot:
>
>1.  Our experts (geologists, landscape architects) confirm that there is
>erosion in the parking lot and that it needs to be fixed.
>
>2.  We disagree with the proposed number and type of parking spaces.  We
>think 15 to 20 spaces could be provided, which would include one handicap
>spot and one car/trailer spot.
>
>
>Waterfront area:
>
>1.  Our experts have found no erosion problem from the edge of the parking
>lot to the water's edge.  We want this area maintained in its current
>condition.  No reconstruction using their new technique!
>
>2.  We do not want any vehicular traffic to access the water's edge.  Cars
>with boats can drop them off at the edge of the parking lot and hand-carry
>them to the water.  Boat access is also available at Crooked Lake which is
>connected to Pickerel.
>
>3.  Handicap accessibility to the pier can be provided via a wooden
>boardwalk from the edge of the parking lot (next to handicap parking spot)
>to the pier.  This would be about 42" in width and still allow boats to be
>hand-carried alongside it.
>
>
>Thanks to all of your letters to date, the DNR is putting on a show of
>"listening."  Mr. Stokes was accompanied by 12 of his staff coming out to
>Pinckney.  They believe the 2" of sand on top of the gravel is a
>"compromise" we will accept.
>
>They admitted their plan for the Pickerel shoreline was experimental, they
>didn't know if it would work, did not have a plan for what to do if it
>didn't work, and did not have a cost estimate.
>
>Please let them know what you think!
>
>
>---------- End Forwarded Message ----------
>
>
>
>-----------------------------------------------------------
>Linda Berauer
>Manager, Program Development
>University of Michigan
>Population Fellows Programs
>1214 South University, Second Floor
>Ann Arbor, MI  48104
>Tel: 734-764-8274
>Fax: 734-647-0643
>lberauer@umich.edu
>www.sph.umich.edu/pfps
>
Liz Brater
Land Use Director
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734) 761-3186  x121
lizb@ecocenter.org
www.ecocenter.org



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