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A new round of public hearings is being planned about the proposal to build a seven-mile long reservoir on the White River in central Indiana.

Mounds Lake Reservoir project organizer Rob Sparks told Delaware County commissioners that the meetings will be held in March and April in Yorktown, Daleville, Chesterfield and Anderson.

Plans are to dam the White River in Anderson to create a 2,100-acre lake in a project that will cost an estimated $400 million.

Sparks told The Star Press that planners are now reviewing the potential flood height of water levels for the reservoir between Anderson and Muncie. That could lead to some excavation in the planned lake area.

Project opponents say the reservoir would have adverse environmental, health and economic impacts in the area.

The Indiana Revolving Loan Fund in November approved a $600,000 grant to cover the second phase of a feasibility study for the project.

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  • Fills a need
    Water shortages have become an annual problem. This project has several positives: increased water availability; a large, open area where industry will not locate; possible increase in commerce, property values, and tax revenues nearby the project. I like it so far.
  • Mounds Lake
    In general a very bad idea. Why should we have to pay to supply Tndy with more water. I could possibly support it if it were done like Brookvile and there would be no houses built on the lake. We don't need another Geist!! Voss Purkey
  • So development is bad???
    To the previous comment - - not sure how development and money from outside of Anderson (ie: people buying homes and builing new places to eat/shop) is a negative - Not to mention the short term boom of jobs in the area then the long term tax base of newly constructed homes/business. I guess sitting idle and not doing anything as a community is a better option? At least they are exploring was to improve the city. Any other suggestions for getting people to move to Anderson? I can't think of many reasons, but the appeal of affordable lake front lots might help.
  • Future lake houses?
    Haven't done any research on this new reservoir, but usually residential lots and tons and tons of development usually aren't far behind the making of new man made lakes, right?
    • Pity Anderson
      With the bad economic situation in Anderson this will only make things worse. But as usual our government doesn't give a rats you know what about the people it is supposed to serve.

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      1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

      2. Shouldn't this be a museum

      3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

      4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

      5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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