Thank you to the Sun Journal. I didn't realize how easy it is to enjoy the live feed service. I wasn't feeling well enough to go to the library today, so imagine my surprise when I got the email saying your paper was streaming the session live.
I enjoyed the presentation and have admired Ms. Perkins for years.
I will now find out if the Sun Journal archives these types of recordings. I know there were other Forums I'd hoped to attend and didn't.
Nice service by the Forum and the Sun Journal to keep the community updated.
The City Council was not aware of any specifics on the situation until the Executive Meeting. The City Council did not make the decision to delay information to the public.
Just would like to correct a notation. I was not at the Beach Study meeting as a member of LAWNA. I stated I was speaking as an Auburn resident and in strong support for the Auburn Water District, where I serve as the Mayor's Representative, and the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission. The AWD has offered to assist the City to keep the beach and PARK open. AWD has agreed to provide daily water testing, to assist with removal of the birds and to provide any technical support/ advice needed relating to water and the the park lands owned by LAWPC. Additionally, the AWD and LAWPC strongly support getting the State to take responsibility for the Route 4 issues the State created... it is the primary reason for water problems and citizen safety this specific location.
One option would be to increase monitoring of the water and see if testing indicates a need to close the water to swimming.... last year that was 4 days, partly due to delays in the retesting of the water. Do we really need to close swimming and the PARK because 4 days were eliminated?
I support the City's position of ensuring safe swimming. I just ask the same concern be applied to all swimming in the city. The Comprehensive Plan mentions swimming, but we have not heard the City commit to ensure other facilities are also safe. Yes, I know they are privately owned locations, but the City has to license the facilities. I agree public safety is a responsibility of the City, but it applies equally.
The consultant admitted she had limited data and did not have access to all water testing results. She mentioned state park standards but did not indicate how our water quality compared. She did not seem to know about Swan Lake State Park which has had significant duck issues- "and how has that been handled"... I asked.
The consultant also did not address any Park issues or concerns. Even without the swimming option, this is a lovely park and picnic opportunity... one of the few in all of Auburn. The city is holding up monies designated for park improvements. There should already be a plan in place to implement this spring for the park with or without swimming.
The city keeps talking about a recreation master plan... great idea, especially based on the amount of monies, over $8.6M, we've voted for recreation projects in the last 6 months. But if the City is holding up actions for one park until the recreation master plan is completed, than all parks should be treated equally. We should not be buying land and spending money on a park that is not in the comprehensive plan or the CIP document in previous years if we cannot take care of what we already have in Auburn. A recreation master plan will identify where we need our parks and what we can afford to maintain. The two parks in the Lake Auburn Watershed have not been maintained adequately for years... very sad since they are great community assets and enjoyed by all ages and abilities. The City's response has been to close one and sell off the other... really!?
So, as an Auburn resident, I urge the community to take action and get this PARK opened for Father's Day weekend.
Thank you very much to the Auburn Water District and the Lake Auburn Watershed Commission for their efforts and financial commitment to recreation in the watershed.