February 10, 2010 No one has written, called or weighed in on the 4-3 vote by Lapeer County Commissioners to put Dryden's Mill Race water park in 'passive' status.
The issue's been on the table for a while, and the lack of input from residents is likely a reflection of individuals' economic realities—everyone's tightening the belt, cutting corners. It is, however, unfortunate that when the belt tightening and corner cutting happens on a government level, the taxpayers are the ones who lose out on options.
Dryden's Mill Race water park is less than ten years old. Major repairs were made to fix a pool leak this past summer. From the moment the project was introduced taxpayers had a stake in it—and still do. While taxpayer 'subsidy' for Mill Race will discontinue this summer, the county is stuck with pools, waterslides and equipment that fare poorly when abandoned. It is yet to be seen what the cost will be when commissioners decide on a future direction for the park.
It is obvious that this doesn't bother too many people—we've heard from no one except commissioners on both sides of the issue—Gary Roy of Goodland Township who voted against the passive status and Ian Kempf of Imlay City who favors the budget cut. The bottom line is families have one less recreational option this summer.