A proposed drainage easement for the Red Cedar Glen land preserve was presented by Carla Clos, deputy drain commissioner, and representatives from Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc., Kyle Seidel and Gordon Wilson.
The purpose of the easement is to control the storage of storm water.
Seidel said that 70 percent of the current storage was said to be stored in the wetlands, but it turns out that based on a review of the land only 30 percent was being
The movement of water needs to be controlled, whether for a 100-year storm, ort a six-month storm. This means that it is just as important to gauge the draining needs of a torrential rainfall is it is of normal, seasonal rain.
There was no action taken on this issue, but proposed solutions to the drainage problem were presented, one being controlling water movement with retention ponds.
Elise Tripp, a representative from Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber, Inc. opened the meeting by presenting three stewardship plans for three sites and six invasive species assessments.
Each stewardship plan had an overview of what kinds of nature occupied the land preserves.
Tom Woiwode, chair of the board and resident member, said, “this is not a parks program, we are in the nature business.”
Dr. Michael Thomas, resident member, began the preliminary discussion of having trails on the land preserves. He said that the Township Board reminded them that it would be to their benefit to provide more public access to preserves.
“We do want to encourage the public to use the preserves,” Thomas said. “But there are some properties that just should not have trails on them.”
Resident member Steven Webster said it is important to stick with the rubric that the community has voted on.
“We have a really intelligent community and a community that really knows what they’re doing,” he said.
Woiwode agreed and said that the committee needs to interpret what the community says to fit the mission of the program.
“Ten years ago, they voted to protect nature,” said Woiwode. “Two months ago, they voted to protect nature.”