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W.V. NONPROFIT GROUP SEEKS HELP ON DECKER LAKE FACE LIFT

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Interested in wildlife, wetlands and clean water? You just may have the smarts a new Decker Lake nonprofit organization needs.

The group, now in its embryonic stage, is the city's response to many years of purveying plans for giving the lake a much-needed face lift."We've taken a leadership role in defining what some of the improvements to Decker Lake will look like, but we truly want it to be community-driven and have the business community step forward," Ed Collins, business service manager, said. "We want to be told more what to do, (not) tell (others) what to do."

Collins said the nonprofit group will carry the torch on the project by writing its bylaws and establishing articles of incorporation. He emphasized that the group will not be just another city project but a chance for West Valley to work as a team with environmental experts, savvy businesspersons and concerned citizens.

He pointed out that the city, after all, is best at building better roads.

The City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the creation of the nonprofit group last week.

"This nonprofit is a kind of separate entity that can act as a hub to organize and coordinate all the different entities," Kathy Bugg Riley, a concerned citizen and former West Valley business development specialist, said. "None of the entities totally wants to oversee everything."

The nonprofit group's main goal is to secure grants, community support and business participation. It will also oversee the park's design and educational objectives, while coordinating volunteers and maintaining financial support from government.

Riley has tried to get the group off the ground for the past four years. She said representaives from city, county and state government, business, community and environmental groups and the Granite Board of Education will operate as an interim board. The interim board will define the nonprofit group's mission, then select a permanent board of directors and an executive director.

The interim board will consist of at least seven representatives and should be in place by the end of January, Bob Buchanan, redevelopment agency administrator, said.

"This has often been seen as a West Valley issue, but it's a county issue," said citizen activist and Salt Lake County resident Dianne Lehmann, who has tirelessly lobbied the county and West Valley to clean the lake up. "My primary interest in getting involved with this project is to convince people that they can make a change and show the children that we need them and they make a difference."