During last week's Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting, Terry Graybill was asked about the status of a proposed lake in Cherokee County.
Graybill, whose campaign for office was largely based on a proposal to create a lake in the county, responded that the issue is dead.
He gave two reasons. One is that the federal government has pulled the plug on funding for lakes projects. Another reason is state legislation restricting the use of eminent domain for public works projects.
Only when a lake is used for the purpose of being a reservoir of drinking water, can eminent domain be used to acquire the property for creating a lake.
Without the use of eminent domain, the property for creating a lake would all have to be purchased from willing sellers, in all probability an insurmountable obstacle.