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Carol A. Chisholm, 06/22/05, Saginaw News

Editor, the News

IN 1995, I purchased a home in the Tittabawassee River flood plain.  The home is small, but the location is ideal - a 20-minute drive to work with trees and wildlife in my backyard.  In may 2000, I purchased the lot next to me with the intention of building a new house.  In July 2000, it was made public that the dioxin levels in the Tittabawassee River flood plain are a health hazard.

When the river goes over its banks, the water comes within 40 feet of my back door.

After five years of debating the risks involved with building and the liabilities associated with selling contaminated property, the April 7 offer by Dr. Samuel H. Shaheen seemed to be a perfect answer.  I mailed him a letter stating my interest.

Within a week, a representative for Dr. Shaheen, Ken Kujawa, looked at my property and told me he would get back to me.  Kujawa said he is involved in a new real estate office being established.  May 16, he informed me that at this time the doctor is only interested in properties that are directly on the river, but if I wanted to sell my property he would be able to list it for me.

I told him I was only interested in the offer made by Shaheen. 

I had great respect for Shaheen because of all the great things he as done in Saginaw.  I just wonder what his motivation is for buying contaminated properties, especially at double the SEV, plus $25,000 to 30,000? What information does he have that the owners of the contaminated properties have not been given?  Who are his unnamed business associates?  Could it be Dow Chemical?

It will be very interesting to see what happens

Carol a. Chisholm

Saginaw Township

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