By Mick Howen, March 2019
Hello neighbors and members of Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Property Owners Association. Last year, I wrote "Wow, we have had an interesting winter and I'm sure we are all looking forward to warmer weather". I think this winter topped last year and, quite frankly, the warmer temps may have some of us a little concerned (that snow has to go somewhere). Still, with all the lakes have to offer, I'm sure we'll be enjoying it in no time.
Please know you are still a valued member and we need to hear from you. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to get them to us. After all, we can't truly represent you and what is best for the lake, if we don't have you involved. Also, please take the initiative to get others involved. Our membership is very important and I hope each one of you will work to get others to join.
Our next meeting is Saturday, May 25th at 9am at the Newbold Town Hall. We are excited to have the author of the book "A Lakeside Companion", Ted Rulseh, as our guest speaker for this meeting. Ted "presents the science of lakes in an enjoyable way, with real-world examples. He explains how little things that shore residents do on their property can have a large impact on the lake's ecology." As always, at the meeting, you can also expect a treasurer's report and updates on fund raising, Clean Boats/Clean Water, fish stocking and other topics of interest. Please attend and encourage your neighbors to attend. Again, we appreciate and need your involvement.
Once again, we will have a Board of Directors election taking place at the September meeting. We will be taking nominations at the May meeting. Connie Muckelber's term is expiring and she has decided to step down after many years of dedicated service in several important roles. We are so very thankful for what Connie has done for us and our lake as a leading pioneer in the effort to establish and maintain the association. Thank you Connie. Also, Sandy Ebben's term is expiring. However, we are very pleased she has expressed a desire to remain on the board. Sandy continues to be an integral member of the group as she does so very much to ensure the board stays on track, our membership is informed, the wellbeing of our lake is at the forefront of our efforts, and everything is documented long the way.
If you recall, I wrote you about the Carlin Lake Property Owners Association's efforts to protect their lake as a water bottling company was attempting to gain access to significant amounts of water through a well located near (on) the lake. We had indicated we wanted to support this cause financially as the result of ongoing litigation could have an impact on our lakes and other nearby lakes. We reached out and they were so pleased and thankful to have our careful and committed support. They indicated they "believed from the beginning that this threat is not only to Carlin Lake and surroundings, but that it also has the potential to threaten all the lakes in our water-rich Northwoods". They went on to say "We had not, however, anticipated that lake associations in addition to those in our immediate township would also become 'true believers' in this challenge. Your support is extremely encouraging to us". At the time we reached out, they were still attempting to gain more information about two pending legal cases. As I write this update, their next hearing is scheduled to occur in April and they believe they will be able to pay for that effort out of current available funds. It is believed that Trig Solberg (Trig's) will continue to challenge the ruling of the Vilas County Zoning Administrator and the county Board of Adjustment. In any event, they will learn from the outcome of that case and subsequently, they will be able to more easily estimate their future financial needs. If it is needed, our board is asking our membership to support our decision to donate $500 toward their litigation efforts.
Finally, we were pleased to receive an update pertaining to metallic mining in Western Oneida County. An advisory referendum vote against allowing mining on Oneida County forest lands in the Township of Lynn passed this past November.
Remember, we all have a part in ensuring our lakes stay wonderful. Please slow down when you are supposed to slow down, be respectful of others, and keep the shorelines and lakes safe and clean. Also, it's customary and downright friendly to wave and say hello as you encounter others on the lake. It's just what we should do as neighbors. I'm wishing you all nothing but the best as we continue to enjoy lake life experiences and keep traditions alive. Let's do all we can to make sure Lake Mildred and Clear Lake remain wonderful!
Let's work to prevent damage to shorelines during high water
Record high water levels impact more than just our docks. Waves against the shoreline can cause erosion and dislodge logs, docks and other debris. Please be extra careful when boating this summer. Boat wakes, especially in the areas of the lake where it narrows can cause damage to the shorelines and even dislodge docks. There have already been numerous boats and docks that have floated away from shore. If a dock or other debris is floating on or just below the surface, they are hard to see from a boat and if a boater would hit it, they can cause a lot of damage and be very dangerous.
We all have to make sure that our docks are secured as well as other things on our property's shoreline. Small boats or other items that can be washed away by wakes should be moved to a location that reduces the chance that they will float out onto the lake.
Some lakes during high water implement no-wake restrictions to protect vulnerable shorelines. We are not suggesting that but we do encourage everyone to be extra careful and slow down going through narrow parts of the lake. These areas, between lake sections, will suffer damage if we are not careful. The areas around the islands are especially at risk so please slow to no wake when going around them.
I have included with this email the boating curtesy flyer that the Lake Association has sent out the last couple of years. It is especially important to follow its suggestions this year. And please note the state laws regarding no wakes within 100 feet of the shore or structures. The Fourth of July is one of the best times on the lakes and probably the busiest. Please be careful this year where you are skiing or tubing or just taking a cruise.
While the high water is a very welcome break from the low levels we worried about for a number of years, we all need to be careful when boating and securing our docks.
Thank you and have a great summer.
President Lake Mildred and Clear Lake Association
A Note From the President - 1/18/2011
Aside from a cold snap in the beautiful northwoods, there is a warm feeling of unity and caring between the people on Lake Mildred and Clear Lake.
The Lake Management Plan fund has received over $3,000.00 in donations. We need these, and more, funds to cover our share of the project, and to cover the "grant gap", for assistance at the boat landing, and to pursue any projects that the lake study may bring up. Now is a good time to partner in on these projects, by sending in a donation, if you have not already done so.
Money is a big part in this project, but your support is the far greater portion. We need to be open to suggestions, particiapate where needed, pay dues, and attend meetings.
The "Kick Off" meeting for the lake study will be June 11, at the town hall at 9AM. Onterra will be leading this meeting. We need to have a large representation of lake-owners here. Each person, in attendance, will create "credit" for our time matching, which is a required part of our repayment plan. Not only will it look good, but you just may learn some neat stuff!
Onterra, the professional group implementing the lake management plan, will start water testing soon. Dates and time will be on the website when it is set. There will be a lot of activities on our two lakes and I hope that we all learn a lot about our watery treasure.
Please consider volunteering for a position of the Board of Directors, your participation is needed.
Stay warm, and enjoy the view.
Connie L. Muckelberg