The Herald Bulletin

April 11, 2014

Reservoir group conducting survey

Public input sought starting on Monday

By Ken de la Bastide The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — In an effort to get a pulse on how local residents are reacting to the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir, the Corporation for Economic Development is asking for comments through an online survey.

The survey, which consists of nine questions, will be available online starting Monday at www.moundslake.com, in order to gather community feedback.

“It is very important to us that the community remain involved in this project and moving forward requires their support and feedback,” Rob Sparks, executive director for the CED, said. “The survey is designed to discover what people do and do not understand about the proposed Mounds Lake as well as their biggest concerns and hopes surrounding the project.”

The survey is a multiple-choice questionnaire with residents able to vote in more than one category. Questions include benefits, concerns and how many residents are getting information about the proposed reservoir project.

There is also a list of questions with respondents asked to check if they agree or strongly disagree with certain statements.

The proposed Mounds Lake would stretch over 2,100 acres along White River in Madison and Delaware counties and would affect areas of Anderson, Chesterfield, Daleville and Yorktown. Several local groups including the Heart of the River Coalition are opposed to the reservoir proposal for the possible negative impact on Mounds State Park, water quality and the threat to the environment along White River.

The proposed dam would be where the Irondale neighborhood now stands. The reservoir would also flood the current Mounds Mall and a shopping center on the east side of Scatterfield Road.

The estimated cost of the reservoir is $400 million. Sparks said in February more than 1 million square feet of retail space, 300 manufactured homes and 100 other homes would need to be purchased.

The CED sent a letter in March to residents and business owners who could be directly affected by the construction of the proposed Mounds Lake. The letter provided an update on the project, an announcement of upcoming public forums, and an opportunity to provide feedback.

“This project has the potential to supply an additional water resource to the greater central Indiana area as well as development to the Madison/Delaware county area,” Sparks said. “We have been encouraged with the community support of this project, and are seeking a community conversation with this survey in preparation for public forums later this spring.”

Last year the State of Indiana awarded, through its Revolving Fund loan program, a $600,000 grant to the CED. This grant is being used to complete a Phase II feasibility study of the proposed Mounds Lake.

Components of this study include environmental issues, financials, engineering studies and community impact. When these feasibility studies are completed, the CED has said it will release results to the public.

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Survey questions about project These are the survey questions concerning the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir from the Corporation for Economic Development. Survey can be taken at www.moundslake.com starting Monday. The first five answers range from strongly agree to strongly disagree: • I support the Mounds Lake Project • I am kept up to date on the Mounds Lake Project • I know how Phase II of the Mounds Lake Project works • Information about Mounds Lake is easy to find • I would attend a public forum about Mounds Lake development The next questions have multiple answers: • What do you think is beneficial about the project? • What concerns you about the project? • Where do you get information about the project? • Would you like to be part of a community feedback panel?