That's funny, shinblind!
I wondered how they got away with that. If the city didn't need a permit to create the mess at the waterfront, they shouldn't need one to fix it up, should they? But if a private contractor or an individual tried to change wetlands, they'd be fined big time.
I saw that last night, shinblind, there hasn't been anything discussed (even in committee) about knocking down the wetland they made earlier in their construction. Wish I knew who did this and under whose authority they did it. I will get a pic later unless Willy beats me to it.
Great points. Thanks for that additional information, Du, I'm somewhat surprised it wasn't Hardman Construction, whose owners are on the Splash Pad Committee, fixing what they failed at the first time. It would be nice to know whether the sandbagged drain in that area ending at the lake is still operational.
Maybe Hardman Construction wasn't foolish enough to fill in a marshy area without the proper permits being issued.
Shinblind, I added a couple of pics to your original post to illustrate the issue and deleted your sentence: "sorry, no pics."
Also an FYI for those not paying much attention: there was no discharge permit and it will cost over $100,000 to fix that deficiency. This wouldn't have been an issue at most of the alternate sites that were mentioned. This is what happens when you let a small unaccountable, unelected group (many without an appreciation of our true local legacies) decide public policy and take shortcuts w/o bothering to consult with the taxpayers.
Above is a link to the permits required to "operate any use ..." in wetlands. I wonder if that permit was necessary by COL? Perhaps a permit was obtained to dump, does anyone know for sure it wasn't? The expenditures would be within the CM $15k expenditure would it not (the recent use of city dump trucks and loader equipment and city personnel) and maybe that's why it didn't appear in committee notes? There are a lot of DPW activities that are done that done appear in committee notes, aren't there? Just asking? I'm wondering if they had excessive dirt from downtown project or somewhere and just brought it to dump at the splash pad?