Spring 2015 Newsletter

Greetings to the Residents of Oliver and Martin Lakes,

Please mark the following date on your calendar. The Annual Meeting of OMLCIA will be held June 20, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria at Peterman’s Campground. Our sincere thanks to Mark and Myrna for their longtime support of the Association!

A thank you also goes to Patti and Larry Gump for paying for the cost of printing the first (perhaps annual) Oliver and Martin Lakes calendar. The calendar was designed and printed as a fund raiser for the Association. Thanks also to Jamie Mellinger, Ashlee Wiltshire, Cindy Noward, and Pat Wiltshire for taking the time to select from the many pictures submitted for the calendar and distributing the calendars.

The Water Quality Committee has been awarded a grant under the LARE program to repair the erosion associated with two county regulated ditches which empty into the south side of Martin Lake. The grant pays 80% of the construction cost. The Association pays 20%. Our match for these projects is $4,225. This committee also applied for and was awarded an Aquatic Vegetation Management Program Grant to survey for invasive species. This grant is for the survey only and will not pay for any treatment of invasive species. I mention this because there are some lake residents who believe the state program is also reducing the native species. Invasive plants grow more aggressively and are treated before the native species start to grow. I will also remind everyone that residents of the lakes have been treating weeds in the lake for decades in some locations. The channels and the east side are two examples. These treatments take place at a later date and may be responsible for the decline in native species some have observed around the lake. The Association’s match for this study is $1,040. Another grant applied for and awarded is for a Sediment Removal Plan. This project will look at the sediment problems in all three lakes. It includes, but is not limited to, Dove Creek on the northwest side of the lake, the channel from Oliver to Olin, the channel from Olin to Martin and the channel from Oliver to the Outlet. The biggest obstacles are finding a location close enough to the lake to deposit the silt and the cost. The study will not include removing silt from man-made channels. The match for this study is $1,400. The Water Quality Committee will continue to look at other projects to help preserve our lakes.

At this point in time the Board has decided that there will not be a goose roundup this summer. If the goose population begins to rise, the Board will reconsider.

The Water Level Maintenance Committee has been busy as well. During the last few years, the Board has fielded many complaints concerning the lack of water in the lakes and has been working with the DNR to resolve this issue. A few years ago, the DNR decided the water level established by the agreement between the Association and the DNR from the 1950s was incorrect. The DNR decided that the new level should be 899.23 instead of 899.45. The Board negotiated to repair the water control structure placed by the state at our expense, even though it is the DNR’s responsibility.  The Board was under the impression that it would be allowed to repair the leaky dam and set it at the historic level of 899.45. We received plans from the appropriate division of the DNR. These plans were reviewed by Board member Fred Leiter who is an engineer. The DNR plans called for the lake level to be 899.23, not the historic 899.45. After getting nowhere with the state, the Board contacted Vince Heiny. After a great deal of research with data supplied by the U. S. Geologic Service, Vince discovered that the historic level of the lake had been slightly higher than 899.45. He then sent a letter to the DNR detailing his findings. The DNR has now concluded that it was WRONG, and the lake level can be raised to the legal level of 899.45. An engineer who has worked closely with the DNR in the past has been hired. Permits and design of the dam have been submitted. Unfortunately, we cannot tell you when the dam will be repaired or the cost of the repairs. We hope to have an update at the annual meeting. I can tell you that thus far the cost for the engineer is approaching $7,000. I can also share that lake resident Lloyd Leeka has donated $7,000 toward the cost. Many thanks to Lloyd! More money will be necessary before the repairs are complete.

The Website and Communications Committee could use a tech savvy member to help with the website. The Board sees the website as a way to quickly send out important and timely information to the residents. 

I hope you understand now how important your annual dues are to the work of the Association. We appreciate all those who join the Association. We thank you for any additional donations you make as well. We want to encourage those who do not join the Association to do so. I realize that there are activities undertaken by the Board that some residents do not support. However, there are so many good things that the Board is attempting to do which I believe should overshadow any objections.  Fund raisers may be necessary to pay the cost of the dam repair and sediment removal. 

We need two new Board members to represent Section D. Both Don Retterbush and Gail Moore have resigned. A Section D resident interested in serving may contact me at or 463-7554. The Board meets the third Saturday, April through September. Generally these meetings are at 9:00 a.m. You would be assigned to a committee which interests you. We are hoping to attract people who would be willing to eventually serve as officers. As you can see, there is much to do!

Please remember: No Wash No Wake on Olin Lake. Olin Lake is the only lake in the state with this designation and is the largest uninhabited natural lake in the state. The shore needs to be protected. No Wash, No Wake means idle speed. New buoys have been purchased and will be placed to show this rule. Observe counterclockwise boating directions when using the lake. Stay out of the shallows. Maps were distributed last year showing the shallow areas. Boating should not take place in those zones. The Association is aware of a program where eco-zones can be established in conjunction with the DNR. Buoys are placed to demarcate the zones and these areas become no boating zones. Boating rules are enforced by the Conservation Officers that patrol this and other lakes. Keeping out of the shallows would also help keep our native plants alive and well. Please police yourselves!

Please attend the Annual Meeting on June 2020159:00 a.m. at Peterman’s campground. Pay your dues. Volunteer to be a board member. Be careful when boating on these beautiful lakes.

Here’s to having a great summer on the lakes!!!!!

Lynn Bowen, President, OMLCIA

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