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Information Bulletin #24

posted Dec 11, 2013, 7:19 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Dec 11, 2013, 7:19 PM ]
Date:  December 11, 2013

From:  LJIS Board

Subject:  Lake Johanna Improvement Society Information Bulletin #24
 
BOARD SETS DATES FOR 2014 EVENTS 

The Board met in November and scheduled events for 2014.  Venues have now been confirmed and some new social activities have been added to the calendar.  We're hopeful that lakeshore residents will be able to participate.  Please mark your calendars as follows:

January, 2014 Public Hearing on DNR Draft Lake Johanna Management Plan (exact date and location to be announced as soon as the draft is available from DNR - see story below).

Sunday, January 5, 2014  Afternoon Ice Skating Party (details to be separately provided).

Saturday, February 15, 2014  Evening Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Hiking around the Lake with Refreshment/Schnapps Stations (details to be provided separately).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  Annual Association Meeting, Johanna Shores Presbyterian Home, 7:00-9:00pm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014  Annual Association Picnic, Tony Schmidt Park, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Friday, July 4, 2014  Independence Day Boat Parade, 11:30am, boats gather in bay north of Johanna Shores Presbyterian Home.

Anyone interested in helping Mari Salveson with arrangements for the new social events on January 5 and February 15 should contact her at mssalveson@hotmail.com


DRAFT DNR LAKE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLAN EXPECTED SHORTLY

DNR has asked the Association to help distribute it's draft Lake Vegetation Management Plan for Lake Johanna.  Historic Lake Johanna treatment limits were grandfathered under a statute that allowed for their continued implementation through 2013.  Beginning in 2014, the statute required that all of the remaining grandfathered lakes comply with new treatment limits that would be established in a specific Lake Vegetation Management Plan.  DNR's Lake Johanna Plan is likely to propose a reduction in the amount of lakeshore that can be treated by lessening the distance outward from shore (currently about 145 feet).  The statute provides that treatment after 2013 be limited to 15% of a lake's surface area.

The draft Plan is expected to be ready for review by the end of December.  As soon as the draft is available, the Board will schedule a public hearing for lakeshore residents, most likely in January 2014.  DNR representatives will attend the hearing and receive comments on the Plan.  A final Plan will be released following the hearing, in advance of treatment scheduled for the summer of 2014. 


DNR RAISES TREATMENT APPLICATION FEE

The maximum application fee for annual treatment of lake vegetation for multiple parties will increase from $750 to $2,500 in 2014.  The application fee is based on $35/individual property, not to exceed the maximum.  Because our Association treatment application includes many properties, the application cost will rise to the $2,500 maximum.  The Association will absorb the $1,750 increase using its current fund balance.
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