Ask City of Fairview to help with the lake weed problem

Dear Neighbor:

We’d like to make sure city hall knows that we need their help to combat the overwhelming lake weed problems. Below is a form letter that I am asking you to use as a template to write to city hall.  Names and emails are included for your convenience as well as two sample letters. Choose either and/or modify to your satisfaction and mail/email to any city representatives you wish.

Then, will you forward this on to 3 of your lake neighbors and they, hopefully, will do the same. In this way, we can reach some lake residents not signed up for the website email.

Thanks for your support.
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Instructions for FLPOA Informational Campaign to City of Fairview:

For emails:

1.   Cut and paste the following email addresses into the “TO:” window.

mayor@ci.fairview.or.uscouncil@ci.fairview.or.usgallj@ci.fairview.or.us;
berrya@ci.fairview.or.usnesbittl@ci.fairview.or.usfitzgeralde@ci.fairview.or.us

2.   In the “Subject:” window type “Concerns Regarding Fairview Lake”

3.   Cut-and-paste the following letter into the message area:

 

Dear Mayor Weatherby,

I am writing you regarding recent developments in the viability of Fairview Lake. Over the past two years a weed outbreak has covered the entire lake bottom with the growth approaching the surface and impacting recreational use of this city asset. FLOPA recognized this early in 2011 and has attempted to be proactive to nip this in the bud. Their efforts have bogged down in the multiple regulatory agencies overseeing this valuable asset. Attempts to treat with either herbicide (Sonar) or grass eating carp have been unable to gain consensus among various agencies and have failed to be timely implemented.

As a citizen of Fairview we rely on our city leaders to represent their constituents at the table for complex but solvable problems. If it was easy we would not be asking for your assistance by taking the lead in negotiating a workable solution with all concerned interests.

It takes a Village to save Fairview Lake.

 

4.   Type your name and address at the end of the letter.

5.   Send.

This letter can be restated in your own words. An excellent example appears at the end of this message. Feel free to substitute it or use your own words.

For snail mail:

1.   Date your letter.

2.   Cut-and-paste (or re-type) the above message into your letter.

3.   Sign your letter.

4.    Type your name and address at the end of the letter.

5.   Address and mail your envelope to:

The City of Fairview

1300 NE Village Street

Fairview, Oregon 97024


6.   Don’t forget the stamp. 🙂

 

Letters can be sent to these officials at the above address:

Mayor Mike Weatherby

Councilor Dan Kreamier

Councilor Lisa Barton Mullins

Councilor Ken Quinby

Councilor Barbara Jones

Councilor Steve Owen

Councilor Larry Cooper

 

Example of a letter in your own words:

 

Dear Mayor Weatherby, Council Members, and City Officials:

I am writing you regarding recent developments in the viability of Fairview Lake.

Over the past two years a weed outbreak has covered the entire lake bottom with the growth approaching the surface and even breaking the surface in places.  This highly impacts the recreational use of this city asset, and it is now believed by some residents that all forms of boating will cease in a few weeks due to the buildup of weeds on propellers, oars, and anchors.  Swimming is already seriously hampered, and the residents are growing increasingly concerned about loss of property value, even though the annual property taxes collected by the City continue to increase! Not only is the use of the lake by residents curtailed, but so is that of the bird life (eagles, osprey, blue heron, etc., are seen ever less frequently).

The Fairview Lake Property Owners Association (FLPOA) recognized this early in 2011 and Mike Johnson, its President, and Jim Graybill, its Lake Management Committee Chairperson, have attempted to be proactive to nip this in the bud by meeting with City of Fairview officials every two weeks since May 2011. Their efforts have repeatedly been road-blocked due to the multiple regulatory agencies overseeing this valuable asset (Cities of Fairview & Gresham, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, MCDD, EPA, DEQ, et al.).  Attempts to treat with either herbicide (Sonar) or grass eating carp have been unable to gain consensus among various agencies and have failed to be implemented in a strategic and timely manner.

As citizens of Fairview we rely on our elected city leaders to represent their constituents at the table for complex but solvable problems.  If it was easy, we would not be asking for your assistance by taking the lead in negotiating a workable solution with all parties and interests concerned.  No active solution is not an acceptable option for FLPOA members!

It takes a Village to save Fairview Lake.

 

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