To the Editor:

City commissioners should consider the quality of our drinking water when they decide on what to do with the lease lots at the Twin Lakes. The Twin Lakes are our main supply of drinking water.


To the Editor:
City commissioners should consider the quality of our drinking water when they decide on what to do with the lease lots at the Twin Lakes. The Twin Lakes are our main supply of drinking water. As such, they should be protected from pollution. I feel that the lots should be returned to the original concept of vacation homes, not to be occupied more than several weeks a year. Landowners gave the land to the city for the use of a lake, not for the city to resell the land for people to be able to own lakefront property. The original plan by the city was for lease lots, and occupancy was restricted to several weeks a year with no permanent structures.
This was set down in the city code. Several years ago, the city commission changed the code to allow permanent occupancy/structures. Why, I don’t know, as these were still lease lots. I feel this was a serious mistake. We should return to the concept of vacation lots with no permanent structures and limited time occupancy.
Several states restrict land use around their reservoirs (drinking water supplies) to keep homes and farms away from their drinking water supply. Pesticides and herbicides from homes and farms washed away by rain runoff introduce high levels of nutrients (primarily nitrogen and organophosphates) into lake waters, which leads to hard-to-treat organics that raise levels of THMs, which the city has been having trouble with the last few years.
Darryl Ulrickson,
Shawnee