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Published October 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

Cass County flood tax vote again brings up trust question

I would vote for the Cass County tax to fund future flood protection if I lived in Cass County, but …

By: Diane Ista , Ada, Minn.

I would vote for the Cass County tax to fund future flood protection if I lived in Cass County, but …

I also would encourage all in the Moorhead, Fargo, Clay and Cass counties area to treat the landowners and others in the footprint of the proposed diversion with an attitude of openness, respect and compromise.

We downstream seem to be on the Fargo-Moorhead radar now, and with the Army Corps of Engineers delaying the F-M diversion feasibility environmental impact statement, they will be preparing a supplemental EIS with a mandate to include downstream impacts and alternative studies report to be presented in the spring of 2011. The corps has also agreed to public meetings so the downstream residents have the opportunity to provide input of our concerns and needs to be included in the supplemental EIS report.

Landowners whose land and homes will be directly affected by the footprint of the diversion need to have their input to assist the F-M Metro Group toward a comprehensive, inclusive plan where all will have the opportunity for their voices to be heard. They need to be assured that their land will not be flooded from the overflow, how and who will control the operation and maintenance plan, and a lot more information that will affect their lives and livelihood.

If the diversion will only be used for a 100-year flood, this will make a huge difference for all downstream and those in the footprint.

Get your pool of money together, Cass County, but let all of us know how you will use the funds for the betterment of all. The Corps of Engineers was encouraged through the comments of the downstream group to delay the project for further studies. Let’s listen to those in the footprint and work with them so there won’t be any more delays to protecting Fargo-Moorhead and the rest of the valley in flood control.

I want this to be positive, but I do not feel the F-M Metro Group understands yet that we all will help F-M get flood protection. Trust us as you have asked us to trust you, and reach out with a welcoming hand, and we will move forward with unity.