MAY 2014 NEWS FOR OLIVER AND MARTIN LAKES
2014 LARE GRANTS UPDATE
OMLCIA recently received a LARE Grant award of $12,900 for an aquatic vegetation management survey, plan, and treatment. After requesting and reviewing bids, the Water Quality Improvement Committee, with authorization of the board, awarded the contract to Davey Resource Group of Fort Wayne. Davey was the low bidder. After completing the survey of our lakes, Todd Gillian, Biologist/Site Manager, Davey Resource Group, reports that overall the acreage of aquatic invasive weeds is down from previous years. However, the lakes still have curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil that need to be treated. Treatment for curlyleaf pondweed has been completed and a treatment for Eurasian watermilfoil will be completed in approximately 10 days. OMLCIA Vice President Rob Bollinger is the project leader for LARE Grants.
Also on this topic: Thunder Country WTHD has an article of lake interest posted on its website: “Late thaw, cool spring impact aquatic plant life.” The link below will take you to the article.
MAP FOR TOWING SKIERS AND TUBES
Oliver Lake has many shallow areas. Sometimes our lake guests are unaware of these shallow areas and pull skiers and tubes in an unsafe manner. Each resident of Oliver and Martin Lakes received a map of Oliver Lake with the 2014 spring newsletter. Please post this map on your refrigerator so everyone is reminded about safe boating. Remember all the RED indicates a depth of LESS than 5 feet. This map will also be posted on the kiosk at the public launch.
SHARE THE ROAD CAMPAIGN
Walkers and bikers are invited to join in the “Share the Road” campaign in an effort to reduce trauma injuries in LaGrange County. See attached message.
The 2014 Lake Directory will be distributed to Association members whose 2014 dues are current. Have you submitted your 2014 dues to Mike Renno, the OMLCIA Treasurer? This directory is published biennially. Be sure to get yours since the next directory is planned for 2016.
JOHNSON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT
Now is your chance to support our local fire department! The Events and Social Committee is promoting two opportunities to do this: (1) Plan to attend the JTFD pancake and sausage breakfast on July 5. This event is the fire department’s annual fund raiser. (2) Consider making a tax deductible donation to the JTFD. Representatives from OMLCIA will present our collective donations to the JTFD at the July 5 breakfast. Please give your contribution to Pat Wiltshire A-45, Gail Moore D-137, or to Lynn Bowen B-34. Gail Moore is chair of the Events and Social Committee.
FOR YOUR FUTURE PLANNING
ANNUAL MEETING Reminder
Association Annual Meeting. Saturday, June 21. Peterman’s camp dining hall. 9:00 AM. Bring dues if you haven’t already mailed them!
Light up the Boats for 2014
June 28 and July 26. Decorate your boat with lights and meet at the entrance to Olin Lake at 9:00 PM for a float around Oliver Lake. Rain will be our only deterrent. This float is sponsored by the Events and Social Committee.
JTFD July 5
The Johnson Township Fire Department will have a pancake and sausage breakfast on July 5 from 7:00-11:00 AM at Taylor Park in Wolcottville. There will be events throughout the day, a parade in the afternoon, and fireworks at dark.