ANDERSON, Ind. — The next step in the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir needs to remain transparent to help residents determine the merits of the project, area legislators said Monday.
State Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and state Reps. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, and Jack Lutz, R-Anderson, met at the Anderson Public Library for a preview of the upcoming General Assembly. They were asked questions from the audience of about 25 including a question about the reservoir.
The reservoir project is being coordinated by the Corporation for Economic Development of Anderson/Madison County which was recently awarded a $600,000 state grant to study the feasibility of the project.
Monday afternoon, after the legislative session, Rob Sparks, executive director of the CED, said, “This has a huge community impact. It’s a fairly significant project so we’re going to bring a lot of people to the table.” No contracts have been let, he said, and updates will be available through the www.moundslake.com website and other social media. A calendar with a timeline for a community visioning session may be online in January.
Lanane said, “The process up to this point of time has been transparent. I think it has to remain that way so the support of the community and the trust of the community is maintained.”
Lanane said he was concerned about the displacement of homes and business on Anderson’s east side and the environmental impact of the project.
The proposed project would create a reservoir stretching over 2,100 acres by building a 50-foot high earthen dam on the White River, just east of East Lynn Street and 18th Street.
The grant is to fund a financial report, an environmental review, community impact assessment and engineering costs.
“To commit to the second phase of this study is important for us all before we really have an attitude or an opinion if we should move forward,” Lutz said. “I think this study will help us determine whether we should or not.”