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CORPS MEETS WITH DAM TASK FORCE & TRAILER PARK TENANTS TO DISCUSS RELOCATION - 2013/03/01 08:48 SOURCE: http://www.kernvalleysun.com/news/local/article_36e46148-8063-11e2-90e8-001a4bcf887a.html
SUSAN BARR/Kern Valley Sun | Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Sacramento District were in town last week to meet with members of the Dam Task Force and residents who live behind the Auxiliary Dam in Lake Isabella.

The mid-afternoon Feb. 20 meeting at the Moose Lodge drew nearly 40 concerned citizens interested in hearing what Corps staffers had to say about possible relocation of mobile home park residents, local ranchers and property owners from their current location on the south side of the dam.

John Menniti, Isabella Lake Dam senior project manager, DeDe Cordell, public information officer, Jeremy Hollis, realty specialist and Mike Mahoney, civil engineer, all representing the Corps, answered the myriad of questions coming from attendees.

Fred Roach, Ron Benoit and Richard Rowe were on hand representing the Dam Task Force. Roach was faced with the task of keeping the meeting’s focus on track. On occasion he did have to remind attendees the topic of the meeting was for the Corps to provide an overview of the acquisition process, if in fact relocation does become necessary.

Menniti repeatedly stated that the project, while progressing on track, is still in its very early stages. As of yet, there is no guarantee that the Corps will in fact need to use the area in question as a staging area for equipment once the project finally does get underway.

Questions ran the gamut from how much an older trailer would be acquired for, to possible relocation areas, and the amount of time the acquisition process would take if it were actually to occur.

Due to his area of specialty, many questions were directed to Hollis. He stated repeatedly that he could not, or would not comment on specifics, as it was not appropriate at this time.

The Corps team brought along the most up-to-date maps and visual aids for attendees to view. They also brought copies of an informational booklet dealing specifically with real estate acquisition.Arrangements were made for additional copies to be shipped from Sacramento for everyone interested in learning more about the process.

Rowe commented after the meeting that the Dam Task Force, who arranged the meeting, were very appreciative that the Corps agreed to meet with locals to provide additional information and to address their concerns.

Gerald Wenstrand
, who lives on ranchland behind the Auxiliary Dam, expressed his concerns to Corps representatives at the Feb. 20 meeting held at the Moose Lodge. An unidentified meeting attendee looks on.
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