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Information Bulletin #27

posted Feb 25, 2014, 5:09 PM by Keith Gilbert
Date:  February 13, 2014
From:  LJIS Board

Subject:  Lake Johanna Improvement Society Information Bulletin #27
 
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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 7:00 PM

The Lake Johanna Improvement Society will hold it's annual meeting on Tuesday evening, March 4, at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Room at the new Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd (use north Care Center entrance between old and new buildings).

Items on the agenda include a summary of the new Department of Natural Resources (DNR) treatment limits that will take effect this summer, a discussion of possible changes in the timing and approach taken by our contractors in 2014, a financial status report, goose removal plans, boat launch signage, and boardmember elections. LJIS dues statements for 2014 will be mailed shortly, so members can make payments at the meeting.


LAKE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLAN IMPLEMENTED

Following a public meeting on January 23, and closure of the two-week comment period that followed, DNR has issued its final Lake Vegetation Management Plan for Lake Johanna after sign-off by LJIS and the Rice Creek Watershed District.  (Historic Lake Johanna treatment practices were grandfathered under a statute that allowed for continued implementation through 2013.  Beginning in 2014, all remaining grandfathered lakes must comply with new treatment limits established in lake-specific DNR plans.)

Under the Plan, all properties with 70 feet or less of lakeshore will be allowed to treat 35 lakeshore feet.  Properties with more than 70 feet of lakeshore will be allowed to treat half of the lakeshore owned, but not exceed 100 feet.  Lakeward distance treated will vary for each property, depending on depth, with an average distance of about 100 feet.  Overall, shoreline treatment for the entire lake can not exceed 15% of the littoral zone of the lake (the portion of the lake that has depth of 15 feet or less).

The fully executed Plan has been posted to the LJIS website.  It's impact on Lake Johanna treatment will be discussed in greater detail at the LJIS Annual Meeting.


BOARD SELECTS TREATMENT CONTRACTOR FOR 2014

The LJIS Board solicited proposals from four contractors for 2014 lake vegetation treatment.  Proposals were received from Lake Restoration, Inc. (the contractor for the last eight years) and Lake Management Inc., which treated the lake in the years prior to the current contractor.  After considering price, treatment plans, and past performance, the Board unanimously agreed to retain Lake Restoration, Inc. for 2014.  

  
JUNE 10 LJIS PICNIC LOCATION MOVED TO ISLAND BEACH CLUB

This year's LJIS Picnic on Tuesday evening, June 10, has been relocated due to parking lot reconstruction at Tony Schmidt Park.  The Island Beach Club, on the northeast corner of Lake Johanna, will host the picnic on their beach, as they did for many years in the past.  The beach and parking can be reached using the access road/bridge at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and Arden Place.  There's no shelter, so if we're rained out, the picnic will be rescheduled at the same time on the following Tuesday, June 17.


LAKE ICE TRAIL AND SOCIAL EVENTS

Special thanks to Mitch Erickson, with some help from other lakeshore neighbors, for clearing and maintaining a trail around the perimeter of the lake for most of this winter.  Despite the cold weather and occasional drifting, it's been widely used and appreciated by many walkers, sledders, skaters, skiers, fishermen, residents, non-residents, kids, dogs, and some red foxes.  Thanks also to Mari Salveson and Karen Krebsbach for planning and arranging our very successful social events this winter.
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