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I’m writing this on April 12, 2000. Today as I drove out of my driveway
I glanced over at my five blooming daffodils at the corner of my lot.
Their petals were weighting heavy with the white flakes, patiently waiting
out this momentary lapse of spring. I hope that for them and
all of us on the lake that they don’t have to wait much longer for the return
of the season we’ve been waiting for. (Hopefully spring is here
again by the time you read this)
I hope everyone’s had a good year. I know we have a lot of new people
on the lake this year, and I‘d like to welcome all of you to our association.
If you haven’t received a lake association information packet, call me at
(248) 634-2549 and I will get you one.
Like the lake residents, the lake association board has been going through
a lot of changes too. I’d like to thank you for your patience with
some of our transitions. I know we have not communicated with
the residents as often as we’d like lately, but the newsletter is back.
Tim and Susan Green have recently volunteered to coordinate and publish our
newsletter. I’d like to thank them very much for taking on this valuable
tool in our communication to everyone. We have been learning
over the last few years how much work George Fetzer had been putting into
this organization by being president, writing the newsletter, and filling
in for offices from time to time. It has not been easy to fill those
George published a very appreciated newsletter
for many years and I’d like to thank him again on behalf of the association
for all his hard work.
As far as news for this year: We are still planning on the Annual Picnic
in August, which I always look forward to. Anybody who would want to
volunteer their lot for the Picnic, just let us know. It would be nice
to move the location around to different parts of the lake from year to year
if people are interested. Chuck Pilar is continuing his appreciated
job of monitoring our lake quality. We will be participating in the
DNR’s Goose Removal program again this year if we have the quantity of geese.
Signatures from last year are good for the next five years. I will
be representing our lake at the Michigan Lakes and Streams Meeting at the
end of April and will bring back what I learn to the board. Our next
board meeting will be May 22, 2000 at Joni Grob’s house (18469 Pellett) Anyone’s
Hope to see many of you at our annual meeting this year on May 7, 2000.
The annual meeting for the Taylor Lake Homeowners
Association is Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2000, at 1:00 P.M. at the Rose Township
Chester Koop, Rose Township supervisor,
is the featured speaker. He will speak about what has been happening in Rose
Township since his election almost two years ago. Among the issues he plans
to cover are: 1) Changes to the master plan and zoning ordinances; 2) August
ballot proposal for funding renewal for fire and emergency services; and
3) New township hall ideas.
A question and answer period will follow
Refreshments will be served. After the speaker,
there will be a general business meeting and board of director elections.
A footnote to the above: Area homeowners
interested in maintaining a good quality of life in our rural township may
wish to attend the zoning board meetings. The next one is scheduled for Thursday
evening, April 27, 2000, at the township hall.
|Gypsy Moth Control
Aerial spraying for gypsy moths is slated
for sometime in May. The timing is dependent on the development of the caterpillars
and the weather. Oakland County makes the decision. Area homeowners that
are affected have already been contacted by the township treasurer and have
paid a nominal fee for the service. Since the inventory of egg masses was
taken last fall, everyone with accessible masses on their trees, decks, buildings,
etc. are encouraged to scrap the off and burn them before they hatch. There
is plenty of information on this problem available through board members,
the county extension service, and the local library.
Our favorite Web Sites
Michigan Lakes & Streams Association
Great Lakes Information Network
U.S. EPA Great Lakes Programs
Michigan Townships Association
Planning Commissioners Journal
It seems like a recently discovered non-endemic
species is reported in Michigan or the Great Lakes area almost every month.
The three guys we have the most concern for in or around Taylor Lake are:
Zebra Mussels - So far
we have no reports that any have been found in our lake. But many other
inland lakes in southeast Michigan, especially those with significant transient
boat traffic, have already become permanent hosts. We urge everyone
to take special care to protect our lake from this pest. Boats, which
are also used in other lakes, need to have spaces that may hold lake water
drained and treated with bleach. The hull should be left out of water
long enough to dry. Live bait and fish wells also need to be emptied,
treated, and dried when moving from lake to lake.
The Zebra mussels complete with native mollusks
for food and space. By reducing the amount of plankton in the water,
fish growth is reduced. The clearer water increases the area that rooted
waterweeds can grow. Zebra mussels can cover the bottom, making barefoot
wading painful or impossible. They will clog water intakes used for
Prevention is primarily by
proper boat hygiene. There is no control available.
And there is no prospect of eradication
Purple Loosestrife - It
is hard to convince someone that a plant with such a pretty purple flower
spike is actually a significant and environmentally degrading nuisance species.
The problem it causes is in its competition with native plants found in wetlands
and marginal land. The native plants provide food and the environment
required for many other native species. The loosestrife crowds out
the native vegetation, creating a near monoculture, which reduces the quantities
and varieties of native plants and animals. During mid to late summer
it is seen filling roadside drainage ditches, natural wetlands and marches,
and at the marginal areas near lakes.
The wetlands to the east of Taylor Lake
have had this species for several years. We also found several clumps
of this plant along the lake shoreline this past summer.
The plant produces a large quantity of seeds,
which are thought to readily travel attached to the feathers of waterfowl.
For this reason prevention is not possible. Control
is performed by destroying the plants. The most effective method is
by hand spraying individual plants with the herbicide Roundup. With
sufficient diligence over several years eradication from an
area is possible. The main obstacle is the difficult access to plants
in areas too wet to walk and too dry for a boat.
Gypsy Moths - As mentioned
in the Gypsy Moth Control report, a portion of the land around Taylor Lake
will be sprayed this year.
The moths have been in the vicinity of Taylor
Lake for four or five years, with increasing numbers each year. Last
year there was some natural relief when wet cool weather at the proper time
in the lifecycle of the gypsy moth caterpillars caused a fungus to attack
and kill many of the crawlers before they pupated and reproduced. But,
there were still enough egg masses counted in the survey areas to warrant
this years aerial spraying.
The county’s management strategy is to use
selective aerial spraying at the places where, and years when, the moth populations
approach their peak. The population size naturally cycles up and down.
The idea is to reduce the damage and nuisance caused by the peak populations.
Eradication is considered impossible. Continuous
(yearly) artificial control is excessively expensive and likely
to be detrimental to the environment. By letting the population naturally
cycle it is expected that predators or disease, like last year’s fungus,
will develop and perform most of the control of this pest.
Homeowners can of course improve on these
controls by finding and destroying as many of the egg masses as possible.
Check between the rough bark rows on Oaks and under the loose Hickory bark.
Any area protected from the weather should be checked: under house eaves,
window trim, lawn furniture, piles of firewood, sheds, decks, trailers, seldom
used vehicles, inside unused bird and bat houses.
|Next Association Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Lake Association’s
Board is May 22 at 7:30 PM. Joni Grob will host, 18469 Pellett Drive.
As with all Board meetings, it is open to the public. To have an item
added to the meeting agenda please contact any of the board members, or just
drop in, we are not all that formal.
Board of Directors
Joni Grob 634-2549
Chuck Pilar 634-1403
Gary Laroy 634-4861
David Lutey 634-8021
Tim Green 634-5338
Marie Sutton 634-9855
Mary Kay Schmelzer 634-7618
Taylor Lake Homeowners
2000 Annual Meeting
May 7, 2000
1:00 p.m. Rose Township Hall, Rose Center
Guest Speaker – Rose Township Supervisor
Water Quality Report
Election of Board Members
These board members’ terms are
Drawing for Door Prizes