The Calhoun Creek Reservoir meeting between city and county officials and the consortium of Georgia Reservoir Corporation LLC did not seem to establish a need for the development. Except of course, to improve the financial situation of those who had prematurely invested in the project.
Questions that were not asked, but should have been asked:
- What is it going to cost?
- Where is the money coming from?
- What are the long and short term benefits for Dahlonega and Lumpkin County?
The presentation focused on irrelevant, technical data to the exclusion of real world information that would convince anyone that the project should receive public support. Their discussion of inter-basin transfers required for the project did not convince the public that this would be a good thing or that it would be in compliance with state law.
These folks have been trying with little success for some time to get this project off the ground. Special offers to those who give up their land for the reservoir would be:
- a right of first refusal of newly created lake lots and
- their names on a plaque.
Whopee! Don’t you know the landowners will be standing in line for these goodies.
Prior threats to obtain land using eminent domain have made all area landowners suspicious of the project. Denials of such efforts by current promoters fall on deaf ears when those folks have once been threatened with the use of eminent domain.
As members of the public were leaving the meeting, numerous comments were made relative to snake oil salesmen and P.T. Barnum’s quote, “There is a sucker born every minute.”