Holmes’ position, however, seemed to change after the other commissioners and members of the public emphasized the dams’ importance.
Holmes then suggested not stopping the program at Category 1 dams, those whose failure could result in loss of life, and extend the program to Category 2 dams as well.
“We just heard a presentation on how dangerous this can be,” he said. “If we’re going to fix one dam, we need to fix all the dams.”
He also suggested the program, which was originally pitched as voluntary, should be mandatory.
“Whatever it takes,” he said.
Rutan said the program would suffice with just Category 1 dams to begin with, but could expand in the future.
A vote on the plan is tentatively set for the next commissioner meeting on July 18.
In other Clayton/Henry news:
A new school and more money for teachers were approved with the budget