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Dear Neighbors,

As all of you know, these past few weeks have been incredibly frustrating for our
community as weve attempted to sift through misinformation and unanswered questions
relating to the demolition and construction of the State Archive Preservation
Facility. Thank you for all of your phone calls and emails. We read every email, logged
every question and are working to ensure everyone gets the information they need.
Earlier today, Sen. Risser, MNA Community Member Diane Michalski Turner and I met with
staff members from Ayres Associates and the Department of Administration (DOA). While
DOA made missteps in failing to communicate with policymakers and community members
adequately, todays meeting was a positive step forward. We asked a lot of questions and
were able to get answers to most of our questions. I cannot stress this enough, our top
priority is ensuring the community gets their questions answered as well and that the
health and safety of our community and environment are protected.
We left DOA with three asks:
1) We want a community meeting held with the DOA, the DNR and Ayers Associates,
before demolition, which will begin in approximately 2-3 weeks.
2) We need a specific contact person at DOA for community members who can
address questions and concerns; and
3) We need DOA to develop a process where the community receives regular
updates on the progress of the project.
DOA stated they would get back to us on these issues and we will follow up early next week
if we do not hear a response.
Once again, thank you for your involvement in this issue and do not hesitate to contact my
office directly with any questions you may have.
Have a great weekend,
Chris