In response to the Brainerd Dispatch article Sunday indicating there remains one last hurdle for Wal-Mart in their Super Center project, I can say that the last hurdle is critical to those of us who live in south Baxter and Perch lake and probably beyond. Although there were many information meetings prior to decisions about whether to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement relevant to the impact of the project, there has been little or no public information about discoveries found by experts about the potential pollution problems the project creates.
In a report to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed by Emmons & Oliver Resources dated March 1, 2004 the engineering firm indicates that:
1) The storm water retention pond is not adequately sized to meet the requirements of the Conditional Use Permit or the Developer Agreement.
2) The retention pond will pollute groundwater resources as designed.
3) The retention pond will not operate adequately after a few large rainfall events.
4) The storm water drainage system relies on the city owned regional pond to provide hydraulic and water quality capacity for storms as small as a five year-24 hour rainfall.
5) The plans submitted are not in compliance with MPCA standards for issuance of a permit.
6) The plans submitted by the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust on storm water design violate the Agreement for Development with the city.
Based on this new information by specialists in the field of engineering, I urge the city of Baxter and the MPCA to carefully scrutinize the future impact of this project and its location so close to a sensitive environmental area. Discovering a mistake 10-20 years from now is not acceptable when we have the technology today to prevent such future problems. It doesn't fit!
Terry L. Sluss
Monday's headlines got to me. People are having protests against the war in Iraq. They are bemoaning the fact that less than 600 men died the first year. I don't like to see young men die needlessly. I lost my only son because of Vietnam.
My beef is where they choose to hold it (the all veterans memorial). To me they shamed the vets who gave their lives to protect their right to protest. No war is right but war on terrorism is needed. If people don't agree, vote, that's their weapon. Having a protest, to me, is like buying a saddle after your horse has died.
If those people who protest want to do something constructively, fight alcoholism. It has caused many more deaths in the U.S. last year than our war. Write to your congressman about tougher laws and penalties, pass the .08 impairment law.
I guess it's okay to have a few after work, but too many people overdo it.
I guess war on terrorism is wrong, but the alcohol related deaths are okay. So much for morality.
War not solution
War has never solved anything except for slavery, fascism, nazism, communism and giving us our freedom from England.
Isn't it kind of ironic that the Brainerd Area Coalition of Peace At Any Cost, (BACPAAC), would want to march in a Fourth of July Parade. Isn't this a parade that celebrates a war of independence? Please give them the warm welcome they deserve during the next Fourth of July parade.
Peace is nice. Freedom is better.
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