In preparation for the August 30th election, the Sand Paper contacted all Lee County Commission District 3 Candidates with a question regarding a topic of interest to Island residents. The question and response received are below.
What role can the County Commission play in addressing water quality challenges facing Lee County?
County Commissioners work in many different capacities depending on the particular situation and whether it is to address an immediate project or a long term strategic plan. Locally, as an example, the BOCC invests in projects that directly impact our natural resources including land purchases, storm water treatment and maintaining a compliance with state and federal standards to reduce harmful runoff into our water ways and protect our aquifers.
Additionally, we act as a liaison to state, federal and other local government entities and play a major role in ensuring that the correct and appropriate resources are provided to complete projects aimed at accomplishing the before mentioned goals. We work in concert with municipalities and other counties to lobby the State for resources, including our fair share of Amendment One money, on local projects such as a potential purchase of the Edison Farms property.
We also work with the federal government to garner their financial commitment to our local needs as well. On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., County Commissioners invited USACE headquarters staff to tour the area and conduct a forum with state and local officials in Lee County to update the community on responses, planned actions and completion timelines for projects under way. Expedited federal funding for these projects is the ultimate result that we must insist on. At the end of the day, we must actively guard against the negative effect water quality can have on our quality of life, businesses and community as a whole.
The following candidates for District 3 Lee County Commission did not submit a response: Dick Anderson