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December 3, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch, Sue Foune, and members of the association.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Board members to be elected this year are Don, Nadine, and Shirley. There were no other nominations. Frank made motion nominating the slate - Don, Nadine and Shirley. Mike seconded, all in favor.

No other business was held at the meeting.

Meeting adjourned

Submitted by Mike Pioch


November 16, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch, Sue Foune

GUESTS :
Chuck Lund

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Moved to approve the minutes by Nadine, Shirley seconded, Nadine was not listed as present and will be corrected. All in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Communication Mike received the mute swan permit countersigned and approved back by email. That's all that was reported. Anne mentioned we received the Nuts and Bolts book and the other book ordered thru the Riparian.

TREASURY :
Anne reports she received $90 dollars in dues and 12 cents in interest. The balance is $7118.80 in the account. The Riparian magazine is reviewing our account for last years book purchases.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Nothing new to report

NEW_BUSINESS :
Don reports the weed contract is signed for next year and that is all Don had to report. There was a discussion about what private land owners can do to their own waterfront. We would always tell owners to discuss that with DEQ or a private contractor.

Calendar Sales - Phyllis sold 9, Don sold 3 calendars gave the $60 to Anne and gave 2 back Phyllis.

Village Updates Roman discussed that the DEQ tested the water since the breach in the dam for arsenic. The water is safe. The tests showed 1.6 to 2.8. parts per billion . The standard for drinking water is up to 10 parts per billion. The samples were taken from the south basin on October 25th, 2017.

Roman discussed repairing the dam, the Village Board approved the repair plan the DEQ favored. The cost was for $226,600. The engineers completed an application and submitted it to the DEQ. The state wants to change some items in the application. They changes would be more costly and delay the construction. The state wants more of the stones 70-80 feet in extra length from the 116 feet that was planned for. They want the stone along the path and to remove all trees from the path area and raise the trail. The engineers are working with the state too review our original plans to see if they could be made acceptable. If they don't accept our application at all we may have to apply for another permit and the costs will go up quite a bit. Anne asked if any of the other alternatives would be supported by DEQ. The Village and engineers are working with the DEQ on our original submission for the permit. On Monday the Council created a new committee - Maple Lake Preservation Improvement Committee to make long range decisions for the lake. They will be looking at the health of the lake and 50 years into the future. They want to look at what has been successful, what has not, new technologies and so on.

Don mentioned the drawdown. Will the DEQ allow us to do another drawdown? We have had 3 draw downs in the last 5 years. We want to get clarification from the state on this issue for next year.

Christmas/Holiday Party is December 3rd at 5:30 at Lacantina. Nadine mentioned she will have a guitar player at the dinner and she is paying for it. The Board thanked her. They may need an amplifier, Nadine said she will get that.

Website Shirley reported that the web server was upgraded. The statistics have a little different format. We had 804 visits so far this month. People are using the website and looking up information. After the home page people are clicking on the NEWS page the most.

Shirts and Hats and Visors Phyllis asked if we want to sell them at the party. The Board said yes bring them all and we will see if some will sell. We need to look into what to order next time and from who. Sporting Image was recommended by the Lions Club. Phyllis may stop by and see what they can do for us. We would like to have a new supply next spring.

Board members to be elected this year are Don, Nadine, and Shirley. All members wanted to remain on the Board. There were no other nominations. The slate is Don, Nadine and Shirley and will be voted on at the meeting in December.

Trees on Docks and Boathouses Frank reminded everyone to make an effort to Light up the Lake with xmas trees and lights around the lake. This is a project Sue Danielson started and it makes a festive view around the lake.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Chuck Lund told the Board that he and Shirley will begin to build a new house on the lake next year. He said he has complete confidence in the village and this Board to keep working toward the betterment of Maple Lake.

ADJOURN :
Roman made motion to adjourn, Shirley seconded, all in favor. Submitted by Mike Pioch


October 19, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Phillis Norman, Shirley Lund, Roman Plaszcak, Sue Foune, Nadine Jarvis, Mike Pioch Absent: Anne Smith

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Don made motion to accept the August meeting minutes, Shirley seconded, all in favor. There was a discussion about the July minutes. No one had them. Mike found them and said he would email them to the board tonight.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Mike said he had received the letter from Roman and Sara about the dam failure. The letter is on the lake website and the village website.

TREASURY :
Anne was absent but had emailed the balance for the Treasures report, $7049.47 is the balance in the account from Ann. Mike moved to accept the report, Nadine supported, all in favor.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Updates on Bylaws, Calendars are ongoing issues.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Sarah Moyer-Cale discussed the mute swan issue and presented information about managing them. Female swans can have 4 to 10 eggs a year. The DNR has a program that we can apply for a permit to do nest destruction. They will come up in the spring, search for nests and tear them apart and put corn oil on the eggs so they can't hatch. Otherwise the swans would have to be killed to manage them. It is a free program as they are an invasive species in Michigan. There is a resolution to be passed which the village and township has already approved. The issue was discussed and the resolution was presented to be discussed. Mike made motion to approve the resolution, Nadine seconded, all in favor.

There are some temporary options like installing steel sheeting and rocks or rock piling with a check dam.

Sarah and Roman and the board discussed the dam failure. Longer term fixes could be dam removal with a new permanent concreate structure or a rock piling with different size rocks with a higher elevation for Briggs Pond. There is a lot of issues to discuss. The current dam does not have the capacity of the new standards. They are waiting for some new engineering to come back so we know cost estimates and to give direction to contractors. The council approved to let the contractors build a temp road to access the area for construction. They started that and will do some soil borings hopefully on Monday for further study. Roman added that DEQ controls the dam project and they have to approve anything we do. DNR is also involved and engineering firm Wightman is working on the project as well. Lounsbury is doing the work thus far. There is a council meeting Monday and are hoping to make a decision as soon as possible. The Drain commissioner, county emergency management and township supervisor are also involved in the process and in information sharing. DEQ has been working with all the partners well. No injuries or property damage occurred. Roman commented that the dam has lasted some 100 years so when it was built they must of done a good job. There are now questions about the draw down. It sounds like DNR won't let the draw down occur at this point. There was some discussion about the draw down permit, amending the permit and so forth. We will need some direction from DEQ and DNR about the permits. Ken asked about if we did not replace the damn, Roman said we have a 12 month window of time to make a decision to wither remove or replace the dam. Removing the a dam is a very complex issue and very expensive as well. If you wait for more than a year there are more studies to do. The village is looking at this option but we are concerned more rain events in the future and the stress being put on the dam on the north end of the lake. They need much more information before they could even decide about dam removal. What we do here impacts everything downstream so these decisions are a very large responsibility. We have to balance all these factors in going forward. Shirley asked about dredging the pond now. There was some discussion but the problem is the cost of the project. It is very expensive to dredge this material and take it to a proper landfill. Ron asked about the arsenic. DEQ took samples Tuesday and they did test for turbidity and if sediment is being carried out of the lake downstream. Those results were good and the DEQ was not too concerned about it yet. There is no indication of any danger right now and DEQ will be monitoring and let us know. There is probably not an option to not do anything.

Roman discussed the dredging permit to redirect the river in the south basin. There is a public notice that was sent out. This would remove about 6000 cubic yards of material over 5 years. We do not know if they would still support the permit but the village would like us to support it. The soil would be placed on the island and sunset park. We discussed where they would dredge, how would it help, how would it affect the lake etc. Roman thought we do not know right now if they will approve this due to the dam issue but perhaps we should support this to keep this moving forward. Shirley said she could send this notice to lake residents or send it out to make comments on the issue. Roman made the motion that the association support the village application for a dredge permit, Mike supported, all in favor motion carried.

The Board thanked Sara for being at the meeting.

The MLSA meeting - Ann and Frank attended. A lot of comments and a good presentation on aeration. Frank asked the presenter about adding more enzymes to our lake and there is a new enzyme system that is more effective and less costly. We will talk to them in the spring about it.

Calendar sales are going ok Frank said to keep trying to sell the calendars.

Don discussed weed control and the contract. We had a price increase in the chemicals for this year. It is now $320 an acre, it was $310 an acre last year. We treated 80 acres this past year. Phyllis made motion to accept the new rate, Sue seconded, all in favor. On Tuesday there was a meeting in Lawrence on algae and blue green algae. To reduce algae is a long term issue. You have to reduce phosphorous and road salt contributes to algae. The rock salt from roads goes into lakes. The blue green algae has not been found in Maple Lake but it is toxic and can be dangerous. It has been in the news in Lake Huron and Lake Erie. If we see anything out of the ordinary we should report it. Organic matter also contributes to algae so raking your shore when you can is helpful. It was discussed that the aeration system in shallow water can create more algae so that is something for us to observe.

Shirley reports website numbers and traffic is a little down right now but the board assumed it will probably increase now with the dam issue.

Frank asked about pictures of the lake by a drone, the Board commented that there are a few people with drones in the area. Phillis reports one t shirt and one visor was sold online to someone in Wisconsin.

The next board meeting there are nominations for board members. We will post who is up for election and seek nominations.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
2 rivers Coalition information. There is an annual meeting December 13th. It is at the Lawrence Conference center 6:30 social hour, 7pm program. There will be an update on the water trail, e- coli monitoring and the Pokagon Tribe is doing a presentation. They have a facebook page and website. They have been doing some sampling of the river looking at the health of the water. The Paw Paw water trail has had a lot of work done for pathway work. The goal is to make beginner friendly segments in the river to be used for new paddlers. There is some signage that has gone up on the river for the trail.

ADJOURN :
Mike made motion to adjourn, Phillis seconded, all in favor. Meeting adjourned


August 17, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Sue Foune

Frank called the meeting to order and introduced our new member, Sue Foune.

GUESTS :
Mert Norman

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved.

COMMUNICATIONS :


TREASURY :
Anne shows $7,617.21 in the account. $261 received in dues. Roman moved to accept the report, seconded by Nadine.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Anne and Roman reported we will have updated information on By-laws at our next meeting.

2018 calendars created by Chuck Lund were distributed 5 to each board member to sell for $20.00 each as a fundraiser. It was decided to give one to the Township and one to the Village.

Saturday August 19, 6:30 PM will be the last Sand Bar Tie-Up for the season. There was some discussion about contacting people as a reminder.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Weed Control for 2018 -- Frank suggested we continue to use Aquatic Services. Anne made the motion, Sue Seconded it. It carried.

Roman reported a meeting with a DNR representative to discuss many lake issues such as: excessive geese, weed control, stocking 87,000 Walleye fingerlings in 2018, and south basin sediment problems. He also reported the Weed Boat can still be cutting but now needs a new operator. The Village still plans for the lake draw-down to begin the first part of October to be completed by October 15.

There was discussion regarding a mailing from Michigan Waterfront Alliance asking us to support them in managing inland lakes problems. They want the state of Mich. to share the cost of weed treatment, etc. and asking for a donation. Roman made the motion to contribute $100, Phyllis seconded it.

Filing Fee for Annual Report is $20.00. Roman moved to pay it, Anne seconded it.

The Village has 3 people evaluating the South-west portion of the lake and talking with DEQ regarding how unusable it has become due to the sediment build-up.

Frank announced the Region 3 Southwest Michigan Inland Lakes meeting 9:00 to noon at the Decatur Library on Sept 16, and on October 4, a light dinner meeting in Lawrence; the $10 fee covered by MLA. 60 lakes are represented in Region 3. The discussions share problem solving.

There was discussion about Waterfront Overlay District which the Village is considering. Several members had disagreement with suggestions on the Village proposal.

Next meeting is MLA Pot Luck on the Island 5:30, Sept.3.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Submitted by Phyllis Norman


July 20, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
Chuck Lund, Adele Walters

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of the last meeting were reviewed. Don moved to approve, Shirley seconded, all agreed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Frank got a call from Mr. Bolton concerned the algae on the lake. Frank and our weed company did talk to him. Frank got a call about a duck with a broken leg and he suggested they call DNR. Frank also received an email regarding the lake quality that he would forward to Mike. Mike and some other Board members said they did not receive the email.

TREASURY :
Anne provided the financial report. The balance as of 7/31/2017 is $7467.07 as reported via email. The report was accepted. She received a letter from the insurance company about renewal and the agent said not to worry about it at this time. We received a letter and resolution from MWA that they want our Board to support. Mike will review and discuss with Roman and report back to next meeting.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Mission statement and Purpose Statement- Roman and Anne have been meeting to review the bylaws and mission statement. We are no longer going to use the mission statement but will use the purpose statement. The bylaws are complete and Roman is going to look at it one more time.

Chuck Lund showed the calendar to the board. He hopes they do well for the association. The Board said the calendar looked great. The Board discussed the process to sell them. Shirley suggested we will them for $20 and she can advertise them thru the website, email blasts. Frank suggested each Board member get 5 to try sell. We have 90 calendars to sell.

The tie up is going to be in front of Shirley's house unless it rains. It's at 6:30 July 22, 2017. Shirley will do an email blast reminder about it.

Frank said he had a new person, Sue Foune to be a member of the Board. Frank will get her contact information. Anne moved, Shirley seconded, all agreed to have Sue be the off lake representative on the Board.

Weed Report- Don wrote a letter to be posted on the website so residents have more information on our weed and lake treatment process. He mentioned the call from George Bolton about the algae on the lake. He read the letter at the meeting, see attached letter. The Board thanked Don for writing the letter to share this information with members and the public. Frank had some information on Algae and Muck that he received that we can put on the website. Shirley will include a note that we are providing this info to help the quality of the lake.

Village Updates and Drawdown status- Roman was not present. Frank said the drawdown is still in place this fall as far as we know.

Website activity. Shirley discussed her report on the web site activity. Stats are going down a little, a lot of people were looking at weed control on the website. See report.

Phyllis said she has had 1 sale of a visor, and will bring what we have to the tie up. We may want to order blue collar shirts next time.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Mike discussed the waterfront overlay district, we are discussing a formula for the size of the 'buffer' strip at the planning commission. The Board discussed whether you can get a sea wall permit. Phyllis said that you can, it takes a long time with the DNR.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Motion to adjourn by Don, Shirley seconded all agreed. Next meeting is August 17th, 2017 Submitted by Mike Pioch


June 15, 2017

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Phyllis Norman, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
Ron.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of the last meeting were reviewed. Anne, moved to approve them, Phyllis seconded, all agreed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Anne reported she got a letter from Mr. Espinoza about algae in cove between Gremps and Kalamazoo, Turtle Cove. That area was treated this week. Don said he would call him and talk to him about the treatment.

Website activity. Shirley discussed her report on the web site activity. Things look good. Also Anne said we got more dues back with the label in the newsletter.

Phyllis said she has had no sales lately.

TREASURY :
Anne provided the financial report. The balance is $8,396.94 in the account per the report. The report was accepted.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Mission statement - Roman and Anne met to review the bylaws and mission statement. Frank said Lori brought all of Brad's old notes and he gave them to Anne. We have the incorporation material which is the "purpose" of the organization. We are not going to use the mission statement anymore that was previously adopted. Shirley discussed the calendar for next year, she handed out the pictures for the calendar. The Board asked some questions about the pictures, and the Board liked the pictures that were presented. Mike made motion to approve pictures, Anne seconded, all agreed. The tie up schedule is June 24th at 6:30pm.

Don provided information on the weeds. On May 23rd there were no weeds on top at that point. On June 6, Jim, Frank and Don did a survey of the lake. They traveled the length of the lake. At first he was considering the boat lanes and where the starrystone wart was. They treated a large part of the lake. Jim treated the edges of the lake with Clipper, that is green on the map. He also treated the middle of the lake with contact chemicals. We have not done that for a few years. They also did algae treatment as well. It was done June 13th. Don said he can already see some improvement but it will take another 7 to 10 days to fully take hold. We treated 85 acres. They have also been doing some cutting of weeds. The treatment should last about 2 months. The middle of August is when the coon tail starts getting heavy growth. Roman will try to tell the village staff to not cut weeds right after the treatment in the treated area. They should let Roman know and he will call Don to talk to Jim that we may need a retreatment.

Roman gave village updates. The weed boat is working well. It is much easier to operate than the old one. The loads are hauled away in a truck. The new boat is more maneuverable than the old one. Frank asked if they could also unload near Chas's place, it would be closer to that side of the lake. On July 1st the weed sucking machine should begin. Roman suggested that the sucker be used along the shoreline even if it has been treated. Don said that would be fine. The village said Park and Recreation committee is looking at long range plans for the lake like an island in the south or other option to improve the lake. A subcommittee will be created under the Parks and Rec board with some expertise on the Board for recommendations for a long term plan, looking at hiring a consultant or engineer if needed as well. He thinks it is a good idea to have a respected consultant involved in any planning.

There is no decision on the Ackley Lake draw down issue lawsuit. Ron asked about the buffer in the lake overlay district. Roman and Mike discussed the overlay district.

NEW_BUSINESS :
The Board wanted to thank the village for picking up the logs and materials in the lake.

The July tie up is the 22nd at 6:30, Shirley said they will set up the band so the tie up can be near her house.

Next meeting is July 20, 2017, Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Mike Pioch


5/18/17

Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
May 18, 2017

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund

GUESTS :
Don Stull, Township Supervisor, Joy and Charlie Puskarisk, Don Waite

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved. Motion by Nadine, Seconded by Phyllis.

COMMUNICATIONS :
MLSA membership of $100 has been paid in full. Spring Newsletter was mailed.

TREASURY :
Paid $1019 to Village of Paw Paw for dock repair. Outstanding balance of $7661.56 Motion to approve by Phyllis with Second by Nadine.

Motion to approve $30 refund to Shirley for Spring Newsletter expenses by Frank with Second by Nadine.

Motion to approve Don's Michigan Lakes and Stream conference expenses of $520.26 by Shirley with Second by Roman.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Mission statement review nearly completed. (Eliminated and using the purpose of the lake association instead). Bylaws are still under review.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Don reported the ML&S conference had extensive concern about the Starry stonewort. And offered suggested treatments. Don has passed that information along to both Chemical treatment contractor for Maple Lake and to Jennifer from the Village.

Aeration is back on this year. It was noted that this treatment is especially beneficial to the fish living in the shallower waters in the south end of the lake because of more oxygen in the water.

Newsletter correction:
1) blue (not green) tags expired in March 2017.
2) Any operator less than 12 years old may not operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35 hp legally under any conditions. Village has approved a weed harvesting plan and will provide MLA with a weed harvesting map.

The new harvesting boat has arrived. Its capacity is larger and it requires only one operator.

2018 Calendar project was discussed. The calendars should be available by Sept. picnic. Motion to approved by Anne with Second by Phyllis.

Anne suggested we provide some signage at the boat ramp regarding the Clean Boat campaign. She will head the committee.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Discussion on projects to involve the local community. Possible ideas were a photo/drawing contest. Charlie Puskarisk will head the committee and Shirley will assist.

ADJOURN :
Motioned: Anne
Seconded: Phyllis




4/20/17

Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
April 20, 2017

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Shirley Lund, (Don Welch attending ML&S conference)

GUESTS :
Don Waite

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved. Moved to approve by Nadine with support from Shirley.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Motion to renew Michigan Lakes & Streams membership dues of $100 by Anne. Supported by Phyllis.

Motion to pay Village $1019.30 for boat landing improvement project by Anne with support by Nadine.

TREASURY :
Anne provided the financial report. The balance is $8780.72.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Roman stated work on the mission statement review and revisions is in process.

The member-at-large seat on the board is available. If anyone is interested, please contact a board member.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Don is attending the ML&S conference April 21-22. Motion to cover his expenses by Anne with support from Roman.

Spring Newsletter discussed. Committee: Anne and Shirley.

Village has a new weed boat and trailer.

Private frontage muck sucking is available again from the village. Contact John Small to get an estimate. 269-657-3148.

Discussion regarding selling calendars again this year. Will contact Chuck Lund.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
None.

ADJOURN :
Motioned: Anne

Seconded: Roman




12/15/16

Approved Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
December 15, 2016

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of the last meeting were reviewed. Anne, moved to approve them, Phyllis, seconded, all agreed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Anne reported she received a letter from Lacantina thanking us for having the Holiday dinner there. She is trying to contact Michigan Lakes and Stream on the Nuts and Bolts handbook that we did not receive.

TREASURY :
Anne provided the financial report. The balance is $8690.14 in the account. Phyllis moved, and Don seconded to accept the report. All in favor. Mike made a motion to pay for the domain and maintenance on the website for $124, Phyllis seconded, all in favor.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Mission statement- Roman and Anne met to review the bylaws and mission statement. They did not see a mission statement in the bylaws or information they have. There is a purpose written in the bylaws. But there is not a mission statement. They reviewed the bylaws they have but there is some question on having the most up to date version. Roman said they will review and make changes and present the bylaws to the Board. Frank suggested we add a clause that Board members must attend at least a certain number of meetings in a year. The Board agreed.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Election of officers, Don nominated Frank as President, Anne seconded, all in favor Anne made motion for Mike to be Secretary and Roman to be vice president, Phyllis seconded, all in favor. Don nominated Anne as Treasurer, Phyllis seconded, all in favor. Anne reported that about 50 people were at the party. 2 people paid for 2016 dues and more people are using the website to pay their dues. We all agreed the party was a nice event for everyone. Don had nothing to report on weeds, we have the signed agreement. The report shows there was a 30% reduction in millfoil last year. Roman said there is nothing new on lawsuit at the state. Roman said the Village is looking for a used weed boat. Anne asked about the bill for the dock, Roman said he will get a replacement bill for that so we can pay it. Phyllis reported we sold 5 shirts and gave away 2 hats and 2 shirts at the holiday party.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Next meeting is April 20, 2017, Meeting adjourned. Submitted by Mike Pioch


11/17/16

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Shirley Lund, Phyllis Norman, Nadine Jarvis, Mike Pioch.

GUESTS :
Sarah Moyer Kale, Ken (TRC).

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of the last meeting were reviewed. Anne moved to approve them, Nadine seconded, all agreed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Erin Fuller sent some info on weeds to the Board.

TREASURY :
Anne reported the balance is $8074.03 in the account. We made 16 cents in interest.

OLD_BUSINESS:
Frank reported on Michigan Lakes and Streams Association meeting. It was well attended. Shirley asked about reviewing and updating the mission statement and bylaws. Roman and Anne are going to be working on them. We have to appoint board members at the meeting in December. Phyllis, Anne, and Roman are up for appointment. There were no other nominations. Mike moved to close the nominations, Shirley seconded, all in favor.

NEW_BUSINESS:
: Frank said he received an email from a woman wanting to use the island next year for a wedding. She saw it on the Maple Lake Association website. He referred her to the village. All agreed it would be great to have a wedding on the island.

Don had nothing to report on weeds, we have the signed agreement. Frank said he did receive the proof of insurance from the weed contractor which expires in March 2017.

Shirley presented the web statistics. She will do a web email blast reminder about the holiday dinner. She will remind people to renew dues online or ahead of time so they don't have to be in the long line at the dinner. We could also do an add in the paper or flashes about the event. We did not decide to do that. Frank welcomed Shirley back after her surgery.

Roman reported they received the study from Jennifer on the effects of the draw down. Her report does show the drawdown makes a difference in decreasing weeds. Anne asked if Roman could make a few comments on the draw down and weed improvement at the dinner.

Roman said they have not met with the DEQ yet on the island idea on the south end of the Lake. The administrative hearing regarding the drawdown took place. Briefs regarding the case are due in January. The judge makes a recommendation and then that goes to the DEQ Director.

Roman said we are looking at a new weed boat. They are looking at replacing the old one with most likely a used model. They cost up to $50,000. Most of the newer ones are larger and can run with one person.

The holiday dinner is the 4th at Lacantina at 5:30. We also encourage all lake owners to decorate their docs with lights or trees. Phyllis reported no sales of the tshirts, hats. She will take them to the holiday party to see if any can be sold.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Sara said she was glad to be here and looks forward with working with the board. Ken discussed Two Rivers Coalition annual meeting is December 7th 6:30 social hour and meeting at 7pm in the conference center in Lawrence. They will be discussing a PBS documentary on sand dunes that aired in April of this year. They will also discuss Paw Paw's water trail and it's progress. There was a state allocation of $100,000 to develop the pathway, signage, web site. It is to continue work on the non motorized water trail for canoes and kayaks. It is 68 miles to Benton Harbor. Roman thanked Ken for all his hard work on educating people and advocating for the river water trails. It gets people interested in the rivers and the lake water quality and promotes activities on the water.

ADJOURN:
Roman moved to adjourn, Anne seconded, all agreed.

Submitted by Mike Pioch


10/20/16

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Roman Plaszcak, Mike Pioch, Anne Smith, Phyllis Norman & Lori Dykstra.

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting reviewed and Mike Pioch made a motion to accept them, it was 2nd by Don Welch motion passed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Web stats submitted by Shirley Lund via early email due to her absence.

TREASURY :
Treasures report by Anne. The account balance is $8,073.87. Report stands as read.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Liability insurance has been paid for and is in place for the MLA board members for 9/26/16 till 9/26/17.

A Bi-Laws subcommittee of Roman & Anne will be working on changing the boating safety aspect of the bi-laws.

Motion made by Mike to pay from M.L.A. books for annual picnic expenses, 2nd by Shirley, passed.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Weed control: Don reported that we have a signed contract with the same Aquatic weed control company that we used last season. Don has been monitoring the Stary Stone Wort at our shore lines and relaying the information to the weed control company.

M.L.S.A. Meeting V.B.I.S.D: Frank, Roman, Phyllis, Nadine went to the meeting and reported that it was primarily regarding insurance for lake association and the possibility of adding them onto a rider with townships.

Village Update: Roman updated the board on the sewer project line on E. North street that is going under Maple Lake to hook up the Gremps subdivision.

Next meeting 11/17/16 nominations will be accepted for open board members seats: Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Phyllis Norman. Thank you for your service to the community.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Motion to adjourn by Don Welch, 2nd by Phyllis Norman. Passed


Sept. 15, 2016

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Don Welch, Lori Dykstra, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved.

COMMUNICATIONS :
TREASURY :
OLD_BUSINESS :
Upcoming events: 9/17/16 Annual Region 3 Lake Association conference in Decatur. The M.L.S.A. Mini Conference in ISD building in Lawrence at 6:00 on 9/28/16. Attending will be Nadine Jarvis, Don Welch, Mike Pioch & Frank Walters.

Annual M.L.A. calendars was discussed. Motion to hold off this year made by Anne 2nd by Don. Passed.

Lake Weeds:

Don recommended that we use the same company for next year's weeds. Anne made a motion to accept, Lori 2nd. Motion passed.

Motion made by Mike to pay from M.L.A. books for annual picnic expenses, 2nd by Shirley, passed.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Report on M.L.A. insurance:

The board discussed the bids brought by the subcommittee. Upon Roman reviewing the detailed coverage documents the board was leaning toward Ace Group $1,000,000 annual coverage at the cost of $558.00 a year. Motion by Lori to accept the Ace Group insurance upon Romans review & approval of the documents, 2nd by Shirley.

Discussion regarding changing the M.L.A. mission statement & Bi-Laws to remove anything regarding boating safety. Motion made by Anne to remove anything regarding boating safety from any M.L.A. documents, 2nd by Nadine, motion passed.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Motion to adjourn made by Frank, passed


August 18, 2016

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Phyllis Norman, Anne Smith, Roman Plaszcak & Lori Dykstra

GUESTS :
Don Waite

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Anne Smith made a motion to approve minutes from July meeting Don 2nd all in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS :


TREASURY :
Anne reported approximately $9,000.00 in the MLA account (ledger on file). A request to pay business entity to the State of Michigan for $20.00 motion made by Lori, 2nd by Phyllis all in favor.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Liability Insurance Committee
Anne presented a 1 million dollar policy for the board members from Keyser Ins. For an annual fee of $558.00. Due to the other committee members not present at this meeting the decision to move forward was tabled until 9/15/16 board meeting to specifically discuss the board's option on this matter.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Weed control (Don) better than average year.
Coontail is starting as well as other native species. No more treatment is scheduled for this season. Lake draw down (Roman) draw down is still scheduled to start around 10/1/16. Studies have shown that last years draw down was helpful with the weeds.

Tie up at the sand bar 6:30 8/20/2016 weather permitting.

Annual picnic on Maple Island is scheduled for 9/4/2016 at 5:30 weather permitting.

PUBLIC_FORUM :


ADJOURN :
Motion to adjourn made by Anne, 2nd


June 13, 2016

Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Shirley Lund, Phyllis Norman, Nadine Jarvis, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
Don.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Roman made motion to approve minutes from May meeting, Nadine supported all in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Ann received a note from Michigan Lakes and Stream that they received our dues. The Board also decided to buy a copy of the ?Nuts and Bolts? of lake associations as a reference.

TREASURY :
Ann reported the balance is $9704.88 in the account. The newsletter went out and she received some dues. The Board accepted her report.

OLD_BUSINESS :
None

NEW_BUSINESS :
Don reported on the weed control. Don reports they have a strategy on the weed control and they treated around shoreline, the island, and the channel. They treated for Curly leaf, Coon tail, and Eurasion milfoil using a contact chemical ?Clipper? The milfoil is wide spread now. He said the draw down seems to help in some areas. The aeration is still off until the permit gets approved. July 28 is the date to have the hearing. Roman discussed a letter he had received from Larry Nielsen about coordinating the weed treatment application with the village. Don said there was some confusion regarding the scheduling of the treatment and he did not know they were going to treat the day they did. There was just a miscommunication regarding the application and we all agreed that we always want the village to know in advance of the treatment dates.

Shirley reported the newsletter was mailed and thanked Don for his help with getting it in the mail. We all agreed to have a lost and found section in future newsletters and the website. She said she would do an email blast to membership about future events. We reviewed the web site stats and people are looking at the site and information. The study regarding the lake draw down will be done June 21st.

Frank commented that he thinks the lake is still down about 6 inches form normal. Don said that he will get a map of the treated area to Larry as soon as he has it. Nadine mentioned the shoreline restoration area on the island, people should go out to take a look at it. Phyllis reported no sales of the tshirts, hats. She will try at the tie up.

It was discussed that the weed harvester has been on the lake, and the weed sucker will be running July 1st. The map will be helpful to see where to target. In September more of the shoreline will be restored on the west side of the island.

We discussed that there seems to be more people on island and less geese. The taller edge grass and weeds, the red mats, core logs and peoples dogs seems to be helping reduce geese. Roman also said that the village is seeking bids to create an island on the south end of the lake with dredged material.

The Tie up is June 18th at 6:30

Frank mentioned that most lake associations have liability insurance for Board members and he will look into it further. It is usually about $500 to $800 a year.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Don asked about where the mill foil cuttings go from the weed cutter. Most are dumped on the shore and picked up. Also kids seem to be swimming on the north west part of the island which has a mostly clay and silt bottom.

ADJOURN :
Anne made motion to adjourn, Phillis supported al in favor. Submitted by Mike Pioch


May 19,2016

Approved Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walters, Don Welch, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Shirley Lund, Phyllis Norman, Nadine Jarvis, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
Sue Danielson and Kayak Ken

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Anne made motion to approve minutes from April meeting, Mike supported all in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Shirley reviewed a draft of the next newsletter and asked for any more items to add to it. The Board suggested we add the paddle dates to the newsletter and an update on the weed growth in the lake. Shirley reviewed the web site statistics.

TREASURY :
The Board reviewed the treasures report, the balance is $9879.71, Mike made a motion to pay the $100 dues to Michigan Lakes and Stream and to pay $25 to renew the domain registration, Shirley seconded, all agreed. Anne mentioned that we had not received an invoice from the village for the lumber for the dock as of yet. The treasures report was accepted.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Don reported on the status of the weeds in the lake. An assessment has not been done yet. The lake looks pretty good right now mostly attributed to the drawdown. Don stated that we have not seen much starry stone wart in the lake. The board discussed the need for Jennifer and the weed treatment company to share their reports and studies about the lake and Frank said they were sharing their information.

Phyllis said there was nothing new to report on sales of shirts or hats.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Roman gave a village update. The aeration has not started because Ackley Lake is fighting the drawdown practice and this has delayed the permit. The village hopes the permit will be approved soon. The village has been harvesting the weeds and cleaning debris out of the lake.

It was noted that the ladies of the lake is July 9th at 10am.

Frank reported on the Region 3 meeting of the lake associations It was well attended. It was noted that Eagle Lake is discussing using aeration in the future, Gull Lake is 2000 acres and has 22 bass tournaments a year.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Ken discussed upcoming Paddle events. The Maple Circle is July 24th at noon. On June 15th there is a Senior Paddle and there are clean up dates scheduled for August 6th and September19th.

ADJOURN :
Don made motion to adjourn, Nadine seconded all in favor.
Submitted by Mike Pioch


April 21, 2016

Approved Minutes of MLA board meeting

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith,Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Ideas presented for the Spring newsletter. Mail following the May meeting.

TREASURY :
Account balance: $9245.55

Motioned: Don

Seconded: Phyllis

OLD_BUSINESS :
Will not be attending this year\'s Michigan Lakes & Streams Conference.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Weed Control / Lake Drawdown: Still too early to determine the affects of the drawdown.

Web Site: Stats were presented. Resources is the most visited page.

Tee Shirts/Hats/Visors: nothing to report.

Village Updates: A "Thank You" to the Village of Paw Paw. They have been patrolling the lake picking up debris. Work continues on the Island's shoreline, extending mats around the heavy traffic areas, and general building and dock maintenance. The boat ramp area work has been completed and looks great!

Ladies of the Lake: Event is scheduled for July 9.

Maple Lake Tie-Ups: June 18, July 16, August 20. Party starts at 6:30 this year.

Riparian Magazine: Working on getting billing and delivery corrected.

Region 3 Lake Assoc. Mtg: Meeting will be at the Decatur District Library on May 14 at 9:00 am. All members are welcome to attend.

GENERAL DISCUSSION: What is the black floating material seen on the water? Per Don/Frank. This is the algae from the lake bottom which has died over the winter and is floating to the top.

PUBLIC_FORUM :

ADJOURN :

Motioned: Don

Seconded: Mike




December 17, 2015

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
None.

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Renewed Riparian.
Discussed MLSA News on Line.

TREASURY :
Obtain address to pay FED-x
Approved Raparian invoice. Mike with Phyllis 2nd
Approved website renewal. Mike with Don 2nd
Thank the Bartlets for their donation.

OLD_BUSINESS :


NEW_BUSINESS :
Election of Board of Directors; Terms filled: Nadine, Shirley, Don
Election of officers: Frank as president and Lori as Secretary
Thank the Bartletts for their generation donation.
Current Board: all approved for 2016.
Responsibility changes: Shirley replaces Lori on communications team.
Determine amount to pay La Cantina based on prio year expenses: Anne/Phyllis 2nd. Roman abstained. Shirts/hats/visors: 5 given as 50/50 gifts, sold 3.
Calendars: were successful with a $400 profit. Discussed Boyne April 28-30 Meeting. Frank will most likely attend.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
None

ADJOURN :
Next meeting: April 21, 2016 Motioned: Don

Seconded: Mike


November 19, 2015

Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
November 19, 2015

ATTENDING: Attending:
Mike Piochte, Nadine Jarvic, Phyllis Norman, Shirley Lund, Don Welch, Frank Walters, Roman Plasczak & Lori Dykstra

GUESTS:
No Guests

PRIOR MINUTES REVIEWED:
Prior Minutes reviewed: Made a spelling change for Sue Danielson. Mike P. motion to accept, 2nd by Don W.

COMMUNICATIONS:
Shirley Lund and Don Welch presented a winter newsletter for the MLA members to be mailed.

TREASURY REPORT:
Talked about an annual Income/Expense report for the spring newsletter. Balance : $7,794.45.

OLD BUSINESS:
No Old Business

NEW BUSINESS:
Nomination of Board of Directors: Nadine Jarvic, Shirley Lund, Don Welch. Motion by Phyllis n. 2nd by Mike P. Passed.

Weed control report: Don W. proposed the renewal of Aqua Control contract for 2016 season. Nadine J. made a motion to approve, 2nd by Mike P. Passed.

Shirts, hats & visors will be brought to Christmas party.

Motion to adjourn Lori D., 2nd by Don W.


October 15, 2015

Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
October 15, 2015

ATTENDING:
Frank Walters, Roman Plasczak, Nadine Jarvic, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Anne Smith, Mike Piochte & Lori Dykstra.

GUESTS:
Don Waite, Chuck Lund & Sue Danialson

PRIOR MINUTES REVIEWED:
Moved to approve by Anne, 2nd by Don

COMMUNICATIONS:
Email members a reminder of keeping leaves out of lake area and not to burn leaves by lake area. Rescue snails & claims.

TREASURY REPORT:
Balance in account is $7,794.45. Pay bill for Hot dogs & Buns $29.00 Motion by Phyllis. 2nd by Nadine. Motion by Mike P. to reimburse $30.00 to all attendees for the MLS Mini-conference Meeting on 9/23/15. Supported by Roman, PASSED.

OLD BUSINESS:
2016 Calendars by Chuck Lund. Market calendars on website cost is $20.00. Due to the challenges we had with FED EX the motion was to pay $600.00 on the invoice. Motion by Nadine Supported by Lori PASSED. For Chuck's trouble he asked for 10 calendars. Anne made the motion and it was supported by Phyllis PASSED.

Region 3 MLSA at Decatur Library 10/3/15 attended by Don & Frank one of the topics was regarding the effects of wake boats on our water ways.

NEW BUSINESS:
Village Update (Roman) during the time that the lake is down the Village is planning on working on the Dock by the boat launch. Roman made a motion for the Association to help for the materials for the project. It was discussed by the board for the funds to not exceed $1,000.00. That amount was agreed upon and the motion was 2nd by Phyllis. The Village also sent people out as the lake went down to pick up all snails & claims from Maple Lake & Akley and put them in deeper water.

It was also discussed about the value of racking up the dead starry stone-wort in the spring from the shore line in order to avoid the decomposition and the creation of more muck.

PUBLIC FORUM:
Sue Danielson wanted the board's authorization to send out emails regarding the lighting up of the Lake for the Holiday season.

ADJOURN:
Motion to Adjourn by Don 2nd by Mike


August 20, 2015

Minutes of MLA board meeting

MEETING_DATE :
August 20, 2015

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak,Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Lori Dykstra,Shirley Lund

GUESTS :
Chuck Lund, Don Waite

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved. Nadine made the motion and Roman 2nd.

COMMUNICATIONS :
Lakes & Stream Fall conference on 9/23 from 6-9 at VanBuren ISD building. Motion to pay from Assoc. dues to members who want to attend 1st Shirley, 2nd Lori, approved. Region 3 meeting on 10/3 @ Decatur Library 9-12.

TREASURY :
Presented by Frank W. Bal. $7,676.24. Motion to reimburse for Lake & Stream meeting by Don 2nd by Shirley, passed.

OLD_BUSINESS :
Weed Control report by Don W. no more treatment for the season. If needed spot treatment for coontail. Maple Lake Draw down to begin 10/1 till 10/15 for the next 3 years! Calendar report by Chuck L. cost for printing looks good motion to go ahead by Lori 2nd by Phyllis, passed. Reimburse Chuck for start up cost for Calendar was approved.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Village update by Roman: Weed cutter in shop, Maple Island getting allot of use this year, bathrooms were painted. Tie ups have been a hit this year. Picnic on the Island 9/6 at 5:30 drinks, table service and Hot dogs provided bring a dish to pass. T-Shirts, hats & Visors will be for sale.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
None.

ADJOURN :
Motioned: Don W. Seconded: Phyllis N.


July 16, 2015

ATTENDING :
Frank Walkers, Roman Plaszcak, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, Lori Dykstra, Shirley Lund, Mike Pioch

GUESTS :
Don Waite, Chuck Lund, Ron Bartlett, Debbie Salazer & Bill Decker

PRIOR_MINUTES_REVIEW :
Minutes of last meeting approved by Don and 2nd by Nadine unanimously passed.

COMMUNICATIONS :
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by Frank Walters president.

TREASURY :
The balance of our account is $7,673.56 presented by Anne Smith Treasurer.

OLD_BUSINESS :
A new member at large was appointed to the board Mike Pioch, Shirley Lund was elected to board and the Maple Lake draw down hearing on May 13, 2015 was discussed regarding the participation by the lake residents.

NEW_BUSINESS :
Weed Control: Don Welch reported on the treatment of our Lake weeds on 6/29/15. It seems to be working well. New weed on the lake is Stary Stonewort which is featured in an article in the Riparian. Website: Shirley is doing a great job expanding our website. Lake Draw Down/Village Up dates: Roman presented the DEQ approval for the three year drawn down. He also updated us on what the village is doing with Brings pond and the over flow tubs, boat launch, dock repairs and work on the island. lake drawn down scheduled for Oct. - March. Reminder for Ladies of the lake on July 18th also Sand bar tie up July 25th.

PUBLIC_FORUM :
Chuck Lund presented a fundraiser idea of Calendars with pictures of our lake. It was agreed to look into the printing costs and bring findings to the next months meeting.

ADJOURN :
Motioned: Roman Seconded: Mike Pioch

June 18, 2015

Board members present: Don Welch, Frank Walters, Phyllis Norman, Nadine Jarvis, Ann Smith, Roman Placzczak, Shirley Lund & Lori Dykstra

Guests: Bobby & Cindy Kent, Linda & Ken Ebersole & Don Waite

Frank called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Minutes of last meeting approved by Ann and 2nd by Nadine unanimously passed.

Communications: MI Lakes and Streams responded back. Nadine presented a flyer for a float in the Grape Festival. Treasurers Report: Anne reported the balance of the account is at $7,673.44. Outstanding is a check for $13.00 for more checks. Motion to approve made by Roman, 2nd by Phyllis unanimously passed.

OLD BUSINESS:

Appoint board member at large Mike Pioche has been notified. New board member has been elected Shirley Lund. Maple lake draw down meeting on may 13, 2015 went well, good showing of lake residence. Email blast for fist annual tie up at the sand bar on Sat. 6/20 remind people to not feed the geese.

NEW BUSINESS:

Weed control report: Don reported that the mapping of the lake has been canceled due to weather. A new spices of weed was discovered by Maple Island and the canal area (water starlite grass).

Web site: Shirley has had some inquiries on the history of our weed issues and is interested in putting something on the web site. Also mentioned was setting up a Pay Pal account on the website for people to pay dues and also market our t-shirts on the web site.

Lake Draw Down Update: Roman hasn't heard anything yet from DEQ. Estimated response is 6/24/15.

Village update: Roman informed the group that the suction machine would be operational on 7/1/15 and he would check into the Lake residence hiring it for their own property maintenance.

Anne motioned to adjourn and was 2nd by Don; motion passed.

May 21, 2015

Board Members Present: Frank Walters, Roman Plaszczak, Don Welch, Lori Dykstra, Phyllis Norman, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, and Linda Ebersole

Guest: Shirley Lund

Frank called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Motion to approve the April Board minutes was made by Anne and seconded by Nadine, minutes unanimously approved.

Anne had a communication: Time to renew Michigan Lake and Stream. Phyllis motioned to have Anne renew the $50 membership for Michigan Lake and Stream, Nadine 2nd; motion passed unanimously.

Treasury report: Anne reported that the Balance $8,693.80 is as of today. 34 members have paid the dues out of 90. Discussion took place on how to get more payments in.

OLD BUSINESS

Everyone was reminded to attend the Lake Draw down hearing, Wed., May 13th, to show support and make comments. Roman said the decision will be made by late June, additional information by village being sent to DEQ.

M.L.S. Region 3 Meeting, Lawton in Porter Township Hall: It was reported to be a very valuable meeting to find out what is happening in the lakes around the area. Information on Muckaway #6 is a new product (floats release chemicals) and have had success with it. Frank will try to get more information on it.

Newsletter: Lori reported it went out and now has it on her computer. Everyone liked the looks of it.

Weed Control: Don reported that he hasn't done the mapping yet, but will take place soon and then plan will be decided on. Question was asked when the harvester can start? Roman checking on it.

Web Site: Looks good, nothing new to report.

The Michigan Lakes & Stream Conference is Friday and Saturday, May 1st & 2nd, if anyone is interested in going.

Maple Lake Drawdown Update: Roman reported the Village is sending out additional information to DEQ. The meeting to discuss the drawdown is May 13th.

NEW BUSINESS

T Shirts/Hats/Visors: It was decided to bring some inventory to the tie-ups so people can buy them there.

Anne dicussed that Mike Piochte was interested in filling the vacancy on the board. Lori made a motion to appoint Mike Piochte to fill the vacancy on the board, Nadine 2nd; motion passed unanimously.

Lori made a motion to have Shirley Lund fill Linda's vacancy when her house is sold, Anne 2nd; motion passed unanimously.

Weed Control: Don reported that there is a tremendous amount of coontail this year; treated for milfoil last year because that was the main weed problem.

Web Site: Shirley would like to expand the web site. She asked, "What kind of fish is there in the lake?" It was suggested she contact Don Waite for a comprehensive answer. The board answered with; perch, blue gill, walleye, northern pike, carp, bass, etc.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Shirley mentioned that the Ampitheater events schedule is on the web site, and July 12th Chuck Lund's Jazz group will be performing. Also, Circle Maple Lake is July 19th

Nadine motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:55p.m. and Don 2nd; motion passed unanimously.

April 16, 2015

Board Members Present: Frank Walters, Don Welch, Lori Dykstra, Anne Smith, and Linda Ebersole

Excused: Phyllis Norman, Roman Plasczak, and Nadine Jarvis

Guests: Shirley Lund, Don Waite, Ken Ebersole, and Kenneth Nesbitt

Frank called the meeting to order at 7:03

A moment of silence was observed for Don Rook.

Motion to approve the December Board minutes was made by Lori and seconded by Anne, minutes unanimously approved.

Anne had a communication about a hearing on May 13th for the Draw Down of Maple Lake, at the Township Hall, 6:30 information, and 7:00 meeting. Some members of Ackley Lake are opposing it.

Treasury report: Balance $8,531.66, Anne paid $99 to Lund & Lund $35 Domain renewal. Lori motioned to approve the Treasurer's report, Linda 2nd. Unanimously passed.

Lori motioned to pay Anne for the bills that were paid by her and for Anne to pay an additional bill of $55 to Volorous Circle for the web site, Linda 2nd. Motion passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS:

Weed Control: Don received the contract for the weed control. When the lake clears up a mapping of where the weeds need to be treated will be done. The curly leaf is gone and being replaced by native weeds. Once we know what weed is dominant it can be determined what treatment needs to be done. Jennifer recommended to draw down the lake for 3 years in a row for better results. She will be going over that report at the meeting May 13th.

Web Site: Looks good.

T Shirts/Hats/Visors: Linda reported there is plenty of inventory, if anyone needs anything to contact Phyllis.

NEW BUSINESS:

New Board of Directors: President;Frank Walters, Vice President;Roman Plasczak,Secretary; Linda Ebersole/Lori Dykstra, Treasurer;Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Phyllis Norman, Don Welch, and Don Rook.

Anne to appoint a Board Member at large to replace Don Rook

Frank talked about the Michigan Lakes & Stream Conference, Friday & Saturday, May 1st & 2nd, at Boyne Mountain. Also, Saturday, May 16th the MLSA Spring Meeting, at Porter Township Hall, 9:00 a.m., open to public and free.

Anne was approved to order new checks.

Dates for tie ups: Anne suggested to change them to Saturday night instead of Fridays and do desserts and o'dourves. Committee will work on dates and activities.

Anne and Lori will put together newsletter and Lori was provided a MLA logo for the newsletter.

Kenneth Nesbitt from Two Rivers Coalition talked about 4 events to happen on Maple Lake:

Don motioned to adjourn the at 8:05, Anne 2nd it. Motion passed.

December 17, 2014

Present: Board members Nadine Jarvis, Don Rook, Don Welch, Linda Ebersole, Frank Walters, Anne Smith, Roman Plaszczak, absent Phyllis Norman. Guests attending were Ken Ebersole, Lori Dykstra, Shirley and Chuck Lund Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

Motion to approve minutes of November meeting was made by Roman, seconded by Nadine and approved. Treasury report of bills paid for Raparian magazine $108., annual picnic supplies $15.75, Christmas party at La Cantina $200. Balance in account of $8500.48. Don Welch moved, Don Rook seconded that Treasury report be accepted. Uniamously passed.

Communications: Brad Noeldner who represented the Village resigned from the Board. the council would like to thank him for the years he served on the Board. Lori Dykstra has been selected pending the Village's approval.

Anne reported that suscriptions to Riparian magazine was renewed for Board members. Board members are encouraged to share magazines with the community.

Roman reported that hiring new consultant to oversee weed spraying was going to cost more than expected and weed committee recomends that Aquatic Weed Control be hired to do applications at $285. per acre and that Jim Donahue, owner of Aquatic Weed Control, would do an initial mapping of the lake at a cost of $1500. He would coordinate with Jennifer Jones and the village with the spraying applications. Roman also reported that he received excellent reccomendations from other lake associations on Aquatic Weed Control. Don moved and Anne seconded that we hire Jim Donahue and Aquatic Weed Control for 2015 at the before mentioned costs. After some discussion, motion was uniamously passed.

Roman also reported that the Village was in the process of applying for the DEQ permit to lower the lake for the 2015/16 winter season. Jennifer Jones in her report to the Village felt that lowering the lake in the winter was the most effective and cost effective method of weed control along the shoreline of Maple Lake. Board members discussed that a few Ackley homeowners may oppose the lowering of the lake and that a gate system between the two lakes would be too costly. Frank gave a brief history of the lake and previous efforts of controlling weeds on the lake.

Ken Ebersole reported on the communications survey from the Christmas party. It showed that most people favor e-mail as their choice for communication on lake events and information. People would like to see an events calendar for the year published in the Spring, and also would like a newsletter available to them early in the year. Although most people do not access the Maple Lake web-site at this time, Ken felt that more people would do so if the web-site was more current and people were encouraged to visit the site more often. Ken reported that he did not have the expertise to make all the changes necessary to keep the site current and relevant. He recommended to the Board that they accept Shirley Lund's proposal to update the web-site at no cost to the Board and pay Lund and Lund Consulting the web hosting fee of $99. for 2015, which is the same cost as this past year. Shirley and Chuck recently purchased a cottage on Maple Lake and she said she would be happy to manage the web-site for the Board. An annual domain name charge of approximately $20. will also come due in April. A motion by Roman, seconded by Anne to approve Lund and Lund to host the web-site for $99. was uniamously approved.

Linda reported on the sale of visors at the Christmas Party and that four t-shirts and a hat were donated for the raffle drawing at the party.

Some discussion of possible solutions for identfying rafts that come loose over the winter and during the year was held by Board members.

Approximately 60 people attended this year's Christmas Party which is slightly less than previous years. Mert Norman won $115. at the 50/50 drawing. Winners of T-shirts or hats were Laurel Sherburn, Charlie Paschorie, Dave Jones, Larry Nielson, and Adele Walters.

Elections for Board members as recommended by the Board was unanimously approved by voice vote of lake members attending.

Frand extended a thank-you for members that paid extra for their membership dues.

Sue Danielson suggested that Lake owners place a lighted tree at the end of their dock next year during the holidays next year.

The following Board of Directors were unanimously elected for the 2015/2016 year:
President: Frank Walters, nominated by Anne, seconded by Don Welch.
Vice President: Roman Plaszczak, nominated by Anne, seconded by Frank.
Treasury: Anne Smith, nominated by Roman, seconded by Don Welch.
Secretary: Linda Ebersole, nominated by Frank, seconded by Anne.

Public comments included Lori Dykstra suggesting that a recorder be used for taking Board minutes and Chuck Lund asking for suggestions on putting in a seawall.

Anne moved and Don Rook seconded that meeting be adjourned. Passed at 8:12 PM


October 16, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Frank Walters, Linda Ebersol, Nadine Jarvis, Don Welch, Don Rook, Anne Smith, and Brad Noeldner
Excused: Phyllis Norman

1) Minutes from the August 21st meeting were presented for review by Brad. Don W./Nadine: Motion to approve with one correction. All approved

2) The Treasure's report was presented by Anne and the Maple Lake Association has a balance in its account of $8,013.56. Don R/Linda. Motion to accept treasures report as presented. All approved.

Old Business:

3) Weed Control - Nothing new to report. There will be an update regarding the aeration project on November 8, 2014, at the Paw Paw Library.(1:00 PM) Frank did ask that if anyone notices aerators that are not working to let Roman know. There was a brief discussion regarding the aeration system and valves. No action was taken.

4) Website: Nothing new to report at this time.

5) Tee Shirts, Hats and Visors: Linda reported that we do have some on hand. There were no sales at the picnic and she will have them available at the Christmas party at La Cantina.

Motion by Don W/Don R to reimburse Linda and Anne for expenses they incurred for the picnic. All approved.

6) Raft Identification: Discussion took place regarding swim rafts on the lake. Residents are reminded that if they have a raft on the lake, they should have a contact name, phone # and any other necessary contact information on the raft someplace. That way if one is loose and floating on the lake, authorities know who to contact for securing it.

New Business:
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7) Natural Resource Committee Mtg: A Natural Resource Committee meeting will be held at the Paw Paw Library November 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. There will be updates on several projects and presentations by several representatives from various firms with which the Village has been contracting lake improvements.

8) Village Update: Roman reported that the playground equipment has all been installed at Maple Island. Also, there has been painting of facilities at the island completed this summer.

Roman also reported that there will not be a lake draw down this winter. The Village has submitted application for a plan, involving a three year proposal to the DEQ.

9)Region 3 Lake Association Meeting-Decatur: Frank reported on the Regional Lake Association meeting held in Decatur on September 6, 2014. Area Lake Associations discuss issues and problems they face in protecting and maintaining the lakes and share methods with which they are addressing particular problems.

The next meeting will be held in the spring. More info will be coming.

10)Annual Christmas Party: The Annual Maple Lake Association Christmas party will be held at La Cantina on December 7, 2014 at 5:30.

11)E-mail Communication: Frank indicated that he has talked to Laurie Dykstra about providing e-mail notification, on upcoming MLA activities, to the membership via the internet. She has shown an interest in providing that support for the association.

PUBLIC COMMENT

12)Nadine brought up for discussion information she has received regarding Jeff Knox and his company involving weed control. No action taken.

13) Anne asked the board about renewing the subscription for Riparian magazine for the board members. After brief discussion a motion to renew the subscription was made and approved. Anne/Nadine All approved.

14) Roman informed the board that he has renewed the paperwork to the State of Michigan for filing the MLA Annual Report for non-profit organizations. He requested a $20.00 check necessary to accompany the report being submitted.

A motion was made to authorize a check to the State of Michigan for filing fee. Brad/Linda All approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:40 p.m.


August 21, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Frank Walters, Nadine Jarvis, Don Welch, Don Rook, Phyllis Norman, and Brad Noeldner, Roman Plaszczak, and Linda Ebersol
Excused: Anne Smith

1)Minutes from the July meeting were presented for review by Brad. Anne/Don R.: Motion to approve as presented. All approved

2)The Treasure's report was presented and the Maple Lake Association has a balance in its account of $7,532.92. Bills paid include: Michigan Lakes & Streams $50, Linda Ebersol reimbursement $57 and Village of Paw Paw $1,500. Linda/Nadine Motion to accept treasures report as presented. All approved.

Old Business:

3)Weed Control - Don reported that the lake has been treated. 13 acres for weeds and 15 acres for milfoil. Areas treated include: turtle bay, cove by Charlie Maxwell's and area just north of Jim Smith's, toward Maple Island.

A copy of this information has already been provided to Jennifer by Frank; at the Natural Resources Committee meeting.

4)Website: Ken reported that he has placed on the website that the September MLA meeting will be held at Maple Island on Labor Day weekend.

5)Tee Shirts and Visors: Linda recommends having a "sale" of shirts at the picnic at Maple Island in September. She suggested selling the shirts for $10. Linda/Brad Motion to authorize sale of shirts for $10. All approved.

The Village is looking into the adoption of an ordinance which would allow the Village to fine people for feeding water fowl if necessary. This would hopefully deter the attraction of quite as many geese, ducks seagulls and swans as is now the case.

The Village is also considering fee structure for renting out the amphitheatre and the pavilions at Maple Island. No action has been taken at this time.

In light of this information, a motion was made authorizing Anne to reserve the pavilion on Maple Island for the annual picnic. She is authorized to pay the rental fee if any. Phyllis/Don W. All approved.

6) July "Tie-up": It was reported that the tie-up had great weather. However, it was a small group that participated.

Village Update:

Maple Island: Village personnel are in the process of installing the new playground equipment.

Weed Harvester: The harvester has been out cutting weeds. It is operated at various different times-as manpower is available.

Weed Suction Machine: The weed sucker has been utilized quite regularly throughout the summer. It seems to be effective where used.

Lake Draw Down: The request for a draw down this winter doesn't appear to e approved. The permit application has been submitted for next year.

Raft Identification: The Village has discussed sending out notification to lake residents informing them about the requirements for proper identification on swim rafts left on the lake.
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7)MLA Summer Picnic: The Annual MLA Summer picnic will be held on Maple Island August 31st at 5:00 pm. Members are reminded to bring chairs. Don said he would bring some additional tables.

8)Sue Vomit-President of Michigan Lakes & Streams Association passed away September 6, 2014.

9)Natural Resources Committee Mtg: Last months meeting was attended by John Tucci, Jennifer and Village of Paw Paw Staff.

John Tucci proposed an upgrade to the aeration system in the south basin. The cost will be an additional $6,700 per year; added to the existing ($15,000) contract. Additional electric is estimated to be $1,200/year.

This proposal will be presented to the Village Council for consideration. Frank informed Roman that the MLA does not have the additional funds to assist with this proposed expense.

10) Wine & Harvest Festival Float: Nadine informed the board that we did not get application or make arrangements for a pontoon in time to have a float in the parade. MLA will not have an entry in the festival parade this year.

Public Comment: No Public Comment

Meeting Adjourned: 7:31 p.m. Roman/Don R. All approved.


July 17, 2014

7:00p.m. - Paw Paw Village Hall

Present: Frank, Don W, Don R, Nadine, Linda, Phyllis, Roman

Also present: Ken Ebersole,

Minutes from June 19 meetings were presented for review and approval. Motion to approve as presented. Nadine/Don W

The Treasure's Report: Anne was not present but Frank reported that $1500. was approved and sent to Village to assist in the monitoring and control of weeds.

Don Welch reported that another survey of the lake and additional treatment will be coming but there is not enough money left in the budget to get us through the summer because of heavier use of chemicals during the first treatment.

There is plenty of T-shirts in all sizes available and they will be available at the picnic on Aug. 31.

Motion by Don R,second by Roman to have the regular Sept. Board meeting at the annual picnic on Aug. 31 on Maple Island

Roman and Frank read a report from Larry Nielsen and Restorative Lake Savers concerning the South Basin. Suction harvesting and weed cutting have been taking place and treatment for elodea and thin leaf pond weed should be considered in managing the water depth

The June tie-up was cancelled due to the weather and another one has been scheduled for Aug. 1 at 5:00PM at the sand bar near the dam

Frank reported on a stray floating raft that was found and suggested that owners put identification on rafts and paddle boats in case they break loose.

The Village is awaiting the letter from the Association for the proposed draw-down of the lake this fall.

Goose Busters captured and relocated 135 geese this spring.

Nadine gave a report on the island and the projected changes for the pavilion.

On a comment from Ken Ebersole, Roman reported that no one has contacted the village to rent out the weed sucker crew.

Don W made a motion and was seconded by Phyllis that meeting be adjourned. Adjourned at 7:43


June 19, 2014

7:02 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Frank Walters, Anne Smith, Nadine Jarvis, Don Welch, Don Rook, Phyllis Norman, and Brad Noeldner
Excused: Roman Plaszczak and Linda Ebersol

1)Minutes from the May 15th meeting were presented for review by Brad. Anne/Don R.: Motion to approve as presented. All approved

2)The Treasure's report was presented by Ann and the Maple Lake Association has a balance in its account of $8,149.28. Phyllis/Don W. Motion to accept treasures report as presented. All approved.

Old Business:

3)Weed Control - Don reported that the lake has been surveyed and it appears the milfoil is back in areas previously contained. The new treatment appears to be working. They treated the lake with the same chemical as was used in 2013. Approximately 40 acres have been treated. Don mentioned the use of Tryclopyr for the treatment of the milfoil.

4)Tee shirts/hats/visors: Phyllis reported that visors are now available for $18.00.
There was limited discussion to determine if we should cut the price or not. No change is taking place at this time.

5)Village Update: Nadine reported that "Goose busters" was out and captured 91geese; including goslings. They will take them to another area of the country to release them. In this case, the release will be in Iowa.

The Village is looking into the adoption of an ordinance which would allow the Village to fine people for feeding water fowl if necessary. This would hopefully deter the attraction of quite as many geese, ducks seagulls and swans as is now the case.

The Village is also considering fee structure for renting out the amphitheatre and the pavilions at Maple Island. No action has been taken at this time.

In light of this information, a motion was made authorizing Anne to reserve the pavilion on Maple Island for the annual picnic. She is authorized to pay the rental fee if any. Phyllis/Don W. All approved.

New Business:

6)Newsletter: A correction to the recent newsletter was made. Corrections involved the September, October and November meeting dates. The meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Paw Paw Township Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

It was noted that we needed to add Linda's name to the information. Also, we are always looking for someone to assist with the preparation of the newsletter.
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7)Summer Tie-up: The annual summer boat tie-up will be the sandbar on Maple Lake and begin at 5:00 p.m. Bring refreshments, treats and meet the neighbors!

Public Comment:

8)Ted Major provided an update on the Pine Creek sediment removal project. This is an impoundment which the DEQ allows to lower the water level and lets them clean up sediment with earth moving equipment. He recommends monitoring this process and see if we can get similar approval in Maple Lake at some time in the future.

9)The Paw Paw Natural Resources Committee meets next Wednesday, June 25th at the Carnegie building.

10) Phyllis thanked Don W. and Frank for overseeing the spraying on behalf of the MLA Board of Directors.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:50 p.m.


May 15, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Frank, Don W, Don R, Nadine, Linda, Phyllis, Roman, Anne and Brad

Also present: Ken Ebersole (and grandchildren), Sue Danielson, Wendy and Carl Rotter

Minutes from April 17, 2014 meeting were presented for review and approval. Motion to approve as presented. Roman/Don R.

The Treasure's Report: $8,304. Brad/Don R.

Old Business:

Weed Control: Don W. has compiled a notebook on the aeration system-including information provided from Jennifer. He has also compiled information for weed control which includes photos, copies of notices to residents, etc. Also included in the binder are copies of the 2013 contract with Jennifer Jones, lake maps, treatment area maps, the 2012 contract with Aquatic Services; a 2011 letter from Jennifer Jones recommending Aquatic Services; expenses from the treatment of the lake for 2010; and limited information regarding the 2008 season.

Aeration Diffusers: John Tucci has checked the diffusers and reports that they are working properly. The current contract calls for no additional enzymes to be added this during the 2014 season. The cost is $123/acre.

The Village has extended the aeration contract for three (3) years.

They report that at this time, there are no weeds on top of the water - visibility is only approximately two (2) feet.

A motion was made to extend the $5,000/yr commitment from MLA to the Village of Paw Paw to help pay for aeration expenses. Anne/Phyllis All approved. Frank asked that Brad compile a letter to the Village to let them know.

Website: Ken Ebersole reported that we needed to pay for the domain name and security in May. The cost was $22.41. Motion to reimburse Ken for the expense he incurred for this. Don W/Don R All approved.

T-shirts & Hats: Linda provided the board with an inventory of what is on hand. She has ordered some additional visors per request. They will be available later this week.
Frank mentioned that we may want to consider selling hats at a "break even" just to get more of them out and visible. Ken suggested that we consider providing a hat for $10 with the renewal of an annual membership. No action was taken.

Village of Paw Paw Update: Roman informed the board that the construction project at the amphitheater is moving forward well. It is suppose to be completed by early June.

The Maple Island project is pretty much completed with seeding of the lawn being done as soon as weather permits. The play ground equipment will then be installed once again.

A company called "Goose Busters" has been retained to remove geese from Maple Island and other areas around the lake. It is expected that they will be coming in to work in June sometime.

Weed Sucker: The Village Council has authorized a rental rate of $85/hr for use of the weed suction harvester. The cost includes: equipment, man power and the removal of the weeds.

New Business:

Tentative Board Vacancy: Frank indicated that he has had discussions with Laurie Dykstra and she has indicated an interest in filling a vacancy on the MLA.

Newsletter: Ann informed the board that one newsletter will be mailed out to the membership. The idea is to inform everyone of a tentative schedule of upcoming events and to provide an update on what is happening on the lake. Further updates will be sent to the membership via e-mail.

On-Going Study of Maple Lake: Discussion took place regarding the Village of Paw Paw's commitment to improving conditions on Maple Lake. After several minutes of discussion, it was suggested that the Maple Lake Association should make a commitment to the Village of Paw Paw to show our support of their continued work on the lake.

Motion by Anne/Phyllis, to commit to the Village of Paw Paw the amount of $1,500 to defer expenses of their ongoing study of Maple Lake.

Non-Profit Status: Roman has foiled the necessary paperwork with the State of Michigan on behalf of the MLA and provided a copy of the paperwork to the board.

Adjournment: 8:40 p.m. Brad/DonW


April 17, 2014

7:07p.m. - Paw Paw Village Hall

Present: Frank, Don W, Nadine, Linda, Phyllis, Roman, Anne and Brad

Also present: Ken Ebersole, Sue Danielson and Ted Majors

Minutes from November 21 and December 8, 2013 meetings were presented for review and approval. Motion to approve as presented. Nadine/Linda.

Minutes from December 19, 2013 meeting presented and approved. Frank/Anne

The Treasure's Report: $8,303.68. Brad/Phyllis

Old Business:

Weed Control: Don W. reported that the lake looks good. Nothing new to report.

Website: Ken Ebersole reported that we need to pay for the domain name. The renewal is due in May. Ken will see if they will accept a check. Motion made to authorize payment. Anne/Nadine

T-shirts & Hats: Linda informed the board that we have several shirts left. We have no hats or visors left at this time. Authorized Linda to order a minimum order of hats and visors.

Village of Paw Paw Update: Roman informed the board that the construction project at the amphitheater is moving forward well. It is suppose to be completed by early June.

The Maple Island project is supposed to be completed with finish grading and seeding of the lawn being done as soon as weather permits. The play ground equipment will then be installed once again.

A company called "Goose Busters" has been retained to remove geese from Maple Island and other areas around the lake.

Weed Cutting: Roman also reported that the weed cutting boat has been repaired and painted, and is ready to go when we are.

Weed Sucker: The weed suction harvester has been serviced and is ready to go also.

Aeration System: At this time, no decision has been made regarding the continuation of the aeration project. This topic will be discussed at the Natural Resources Committee meeting.

Lake Draw-down: Frank asked that the Lake Association authorize the Village to request the reauthorization permit for a drawn-down again. He discussed this with the Village Manager and it was suggested that the Maple Lake Association send a letter to the Village requesting the Village submit application for a permit and showing support for such a project. Also, he recommends that we have the Village request the permit to authorize the draw-down for three consecutive seasons.

Motion by Don/Phyllis, to request the Village to submit a request to the DEQ for a permit to do a lake draw-down for three consecutive winter seasons. Also, to inform the Village that the Maple Lake Association will pay for the permit fee. Further, to seek approval to have the drawn-down take place as late in the season as possible.

New Business:

Jennifer Jones Contract Renewal: Frank brought up for discussion the idea that the contract with Jennifer Jones and the contract with Aquatic Services seem to be duplicating services. He suggested that MLA not renew the contract for services with Jennifer Jones for this season and see if we notice any significant change in how the lake is treated and the results we get.

There was a spirited discussion regarding the use of Jennifer Jones services and whether it is necessary to continue to contract with her for additional oversight. A motion was made by Phyllis/Anne to accept the weed control committee recommendation of only contracting with Aquatic Services for the 2014 season. Motion passed. Two opposed.

Maple Lake "Tie-Up": Anne recommended that we consider having the "tie-up" on the Sundays when there is music at the amphitheater. The concerts usually start at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evenings.

She also discussed having one at the sand bar Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the picnic.

Anne will put together some potential dates for the MLA "tie-ups".

Two Rivers Coalition: Nadine brought up that the Two Rivers Coalition has some activities planned to take place on Maple Lake sometime this summer. She recommends we watch for the information and make sure everyone is aware of what is available.

Christmas Party: Anne will look into setting a date and making reservations with La Cantina.

Public Comment:

Sue Danielson commented that she understood, from discussion at the Natural Resources Committee meeting, that MLA would support the Village in their endeavors on the Lake. She feels that the board will not be providing that support if we do not retain the services of Jennifer Jones' company to oversee the weed control.

Ken Ebersole commented that he hopes that if over the next couple of years the lake turns worse, that the board realizes the possible ramifications of not retaining the services of Jennifer Jones to oversee the chemical treatment of the weeds.

Ted Majors provided information that Farm Bureau has been providing Public Relation efforts to encourage farmers along the south basin of the Paw Paw River to better understand the impact of, and how to control, sedimentation going into the river.

He also discussed several different options on how to continue improving and dredging various areas of the lake. He mentioned "Vine Creek Lake" and how they can lower the lake every so many years to remove sediment from the lake.

Adjournment: 8:42 p.m.


December 19, 2013

Members present was Nadine,Roman, Frank, Don Welch, Anne, Phyllis, Linda. Also present was Ken Ebersole
Motion was made to accept verbal minutes at Christmas Party, made by Anne, seconded by Don, passed unanimously

Motion was made to pay La Cantina $600. for Christmas Party, made by Frank, seconded by Anne. Passed, Roman abstained.

Anne requested payment for payment of 294.92 for mailings and stamps. Treasury report was accepted By Roman, seconded by Phyllis, passed unanimously.

Don reported that we will have the same contract for weed control with Aquatic Services. A decision on a contract with Jennifer Jones with Restorative Lake Sciences will be made at the April Board meeting

Ken Ebersole requested for the renewal of the website web hosting at a cost of $99.99Moved by Nadine, seconded by Don, passed unanimously.

Nadine reported that 244 people showed up for the Santa Run.

A motion was made by Nadine, seconded by Don to start our regular meetings in April instead of March, passed unanimously.

A motion was made to keep our officers the same as last year, made by Nadine, seconded by Don, passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn by Anne, seconded by Roman, passed unanimously. Next meeting scheduled for April 17

August 15, 2013
7:00 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Phyllis, Anne, Linda, Don R., Don W., Frank, Roman, Nadine and Brad

Also present: Ken Ebersole, and Don Waite

Minutes from July 18, 2013 meeting were presented for review and approval. Motion to approve with corrections. Anne/Linda

The Treasure's Report: $7,552.59. Brad/Phyllis

Old Business:

Weed Control: Don W. provided the MLA with an update - Treatment areas looking very good. The Village weed cutting is really helping to keep weeds down and algae under control. He feels the lake looks the best it has in years.

Anne stated that she feels because of the control and outcome, we should get a letter out to the property owners that have not paid their dues to encourage them to help us continue with the maintenance.

Don W. and Frank will put together a letter and Anne will get a list of names for them to mail it out to.

Nadine stated that an aerator in front of her house is not working properly. Frank said he will notify John Tucci.

Website: Ken Ebersole presented an update on the new website. He said there are no big changes. He is working on pictures and additional information to have available.

T-shirts & Hats: Linda suggests we put a photo of the caps and shirts available on the website, with information regarding cost.

Dredging Update: Roman informed the MLA that bids have been received by the Village, to remove additional sediment in the mount of $175,000. The Village authorized the contract. Dredging around Maple Island and the boat launch area will be completed this year.

After completion of the dredging around Maple Island, the bags on Maple Island will be cut open and spread out to various areas on the island.
Goose Problem: Roman indicated that the Village has been in discussions with a company that does removal of geese from properties.

Paddle Maple Lake: (July 21, 2013) Don reported that everything seemed to go well and estimated that 40-50 participants were involved. They followed the shoreline and went with boating traffic. He is unaware of any problems due to the event.

New Business:

Grapes and Grains: Frank handed out a letter from Dave Forester regarding the recent event. It was a great success. Frank will invite Dave to attend the picnic and provide MLA a report on the event.

Maple Lake "Tie-Up": (5:30- 8-24/13) Frank said Sue Danielson is sending out a letter reminding others about this event. Appetizers and refreshments are suggested. Everybody bring something.

Annual Maple Island Picnic: (5:30 - 9-1-13) Motion made to hold September Board meeting at the picnic. Approved. Nadine/Don W.

Newsletter: Anne and Linda will put together next springs newsletter.

Upcoming Events:

Sand Bar Tie-up August 24, 2013 5:00

Maple Island Picnic September 1, 2013 5:30

Fireworks September 6, 2013 9:30

Grape & Wine Parade September 8, 2013 1:00

Annual Meeting-La Cantina December 8, 2013 5:30

Public Comment:

Ken Ebersole asked when Jennifer is going to present her report to the board. Frank replied that no date has been set at this time. The information has not been completed for this year's study. It will likely be in October.

Anne brought up the idea about asking some of our vendors to make a contribution to the Lake Association for a drawing at the Christmas Party. She suggested $50.00. Frank will check on that with John Tucci and Aquatic Services.

Nadine stated the young men working on the weed harvester and weed suction machine are doing a great job. Nadine will put together a letter for the paper thanking them for their hard work.

Ken suggested that we invite them to the picnic and if they show up, we can recognize them at that time also.

Next meeting: September 1, 2013 - at the picnic on Maple Island

Adjournment: 7:50 DonW./Linda

Adjournment: 7:55 Don W./ Phyllis


July 18, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Paw Paw Township Hall

Present: Don W., Roman, Frank, Nadine, Anne, Linda, Brad and Phyllis

Also present: Ken Ebersole, Carl Rotter, Ron Bartlett, Don Waite and Bob Kent

Minutes from June 20, 2013 meeting were presented for review and approval. Motion to approve as presented. Anne/Don W.

The Treasure's Report: $7,402.28. Expenses were presented for reimbursement for the printing and postage of MLA newsletter in the amount of $60.00. Linda/Roman

Old Business:

Weed Control: Don W. provided the MLA with an update - July 9th, the lake had been surveyed and on July 12th, approximately 35 acres were treated for algae, coon-tail and milfoil. The treatment will take approximately two weeks to reach its full potential and should last approximately 6 - 8 weeks.

Don informed the board that Jennifer Jones will evaluate the effects of the aeration devices and the lake draw-down at the end of the season and make a report on the effectiveness of those activities.

Jennifer Jones indicated that there is some consideration for expanding the aeration system. Here evaluation will look at cost benefit analysis and she will make recommendations to the Village of Paw Paw.

Website: Ken Ebersole presented an update on the new website. He has taken training on maintaining the site and is currently working on getting information updated and learning the system.

T-shirts & Hats: Linda informed the board that she did sell some shirts at the "Ladies of the Lake" outing.

Dredging Update: La Cantina basin is complete and the Village is receiving bids for removal of sediment bags. Bids are due by July 31, 2013.

Roman informed the MLA that dredging around Maple Island is nearly complete. Once done in that location, the dredge will move and work in the boat launch area.
Soil on Maple Island will get spread out over several different areas on the island. After the soil is leveled out, the playground equipment will be re-installed.

Weed Cutting: Anne inquired about the possibility of having some harvesting done in the area over near where she lives. Roman said he would have to discuss it with the Village Council and let her know.

Weed Sucker: The weed sucking machine will be going back into the lake again this coming week. The Village has hired a second crew to operate the equipment.

Paddle Maple Lake: An outing has been scheduled for Sunday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m. Interested parties are asked to meet at the boat launch.

New Business:

Grapes and Grains: On July 20th, a joint venture between St. Julian's Winery and Beer Distributors is planned. Funds raised from the event will be used to reduce silt and sediment from entering Maple Lake.

Maple Lake "Tie-Up": An unofficial get-together of residents on the lake is scheduled for August 24th at 5:00 p.m. Anyone interested in participating is asked to meet at the sand bar just north of Maple Island.

Newsletter: The newsletter has been sent out to MLA members. Anne reminded the board that we are looking for someone to help with getting information and putting out the newsletter annually.

Upcoming Events:

Maple Island Picnic September 1, 2013 5:30

Fireworks September 6, 2013 9:30

Grape & Wine Parade September 8, 2013 1:00

Annual Meeting-La Cantina December 8, 2013 5:30

Adjournment: 7:55 Don W./ Phyllis


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