Letter to the Editor Jan 26, 2011


Letter to the Editor:

26 January 2011

Dear Readers:

West Milton city council and city manager (Tony Howard) have agreed to tear down our West Milton Dam and applied for a 1.3 million dollar loan to remove the dam!

WHAT WILL HAPPEN if the dam is removed, the river shrinks and it will reduce fish populations, eliminate spawning waters, reduce property values, degrade residents Water Wells, invite invasive species, create mudflats and release sediments. Parties involved have disregarded the substantial negative irreversible impacts on a unique aquatic asset.

A company offered $25,000 to buy the dam and utilize it for hydro power. Incentives include money to the city for the purchase of the dam, taxes the city will receive from this hydropower business, access for school buses for field trips to teach the children about green energy, a recreational area for fishing, etc. The dam has been with us for over 100 years and our country and state are deeply in debt.

We need all citizens of West Milton to come together and save this marvelous dam which feeds our ospreys, eagles, beavers, and all life in and out of the Stillwater River. Maybe we have taken our dam for granted and forgotten what nature has given us; but let us not allow the village government to take it away from us!

(1) Attend village council meetings and let your voices be heard (second Tues of every month at 7:30 pm at Municipal Building).

(2) Governor Kasich has set up a web site: www.fixohionow.com. Tell him to save Ohio money, Stop Government Waste and Save the West Milton Dam.

For updated information about the dam email: saveourdam@gmail.com


Don Haller

3520 Iddings Road

West Milton, OH 45383



  1. Yes, and hydro electric adds jobs and gives Ohio a chance to be a leader in renewable energy as Ohio has over 2500 low head dams. Why a council would risk the town treasury by signing a forgivable loan that is conditional and if there are overruns the town is forced to make up the shortfall, I am speechless especially when they can place the dam responsibility on someone else (pun intended). To make our offer even better we are willing to pay $25,000 for this opportunity. Rumor has it that Mr. Howard said last Tuesday at the Planning Meeting he did not want to take advantage of us as the dam needs $2m worth of repairs. We do appreciate the magnamity of Mr. Howard but we have read the reports, the cost is far less than he represents and we are grown men who do not need to be coddled, what an insult. This dam will not be torn out because it is too valuable in many ways. David R. Snyder

  2. I noted that DP&L said hydroelectric wasn't feasible. Not for DP&L! They don't want the competition and it probably wouldn't be feasible for them to run. Doesn't mean it wouldn't be feasible for someone else. Any seach of the Internet provides evidence that it doesn't take much to produce hydro power even from a small body of flowing water.
    Bottom line for the taxpayer is the cost of removel versus someone willing to ante up $25K to develop what's there. Getting a government grant does not equate with free. It's taxpayer's money!
    Virginia Daum


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