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|Professional Lake Testing
Completed in 2002
Dr. Wally Fusilier, Consulting Limnologist,
of Water Quality Investigators performed water quality analysis and a lake
evaluation during the spring and summer of 2002.
Every year the lake participates in the
MLSA’s self-help lake monitoring program that uses Secchi disk visibility
and tests surface water samples for nutrients. Every fourth or fifth
year more extensive testing is performed. Dr. Fusilier performed this
testing on our lake several times in the past. The testing included
bottom sediment examination; deep-water sample analyses; and weed bed mapping.
Dr. Fusilier finished his report in December
2002. The report will be reviewed at the next Board of Trustees meeting
in February, and at the association’s 2003 annual general meeting.
A summary and the full report are on the Taylor Lake web site.
2002 Annual General Meeting
The meeting was held April 21, 2002 at
the Rose Township Hall. After the usual business of reading and approving
the secretaries and treasurers reports, Chuck Pilar provided the 2001 water
quality testing report.
President Joni Grob asked the members in
attendance for feedback on having a summer picnic with most responding that
they would like to continue this tradition.
The plans for the goose removal were reviewed
and it was verified that the petition and other paperwork required by the
DNR were still valid. [Editors note: There were more than the ten geese
needed to trigger a roundup, a roundup was attempted in June, but no geese
were removed in 2002.]
Joni Grob announced that she would be resigning
from the board to concentrate on her new role as mother. [Ed. note:
Mark Weinberg was appointed
at the Board of Trustees meeting following
the general meeting to fill the remainder of Joni’s term.]
Two Board of Trustees terms expired in
2002. Dave Lutey and Mary Kay Schmelzer were nominated and then reelected
for the three-year terms.
Paul Bokuniewicz asked about the mix of
fish in the lake, and whether a formal survey has been done. No formal
survey has been done, but those present discussed the types and sizes of
fish they have encountered. [Ed. note: Sounds like “fish survey” is
a good idea for the web site.]
After door prizes were awarded, the general
meeting was adjourned.
At the Board of Trustees organizational
meeting that immediately followed the general meeting, Tim Green was appointed
as President, Chuck Pilar as Vice-President, Mary Kay Schmelzer as Secretary,
and Marie Sutton as Treasurer. The other members of the board are
Dave Lutey, Gary LaRoy, and, the newly appointed, Mark Weinberg.
Taylor Lake Web Site
In December 2002 the Taylor Lake Homeowners’
Association web site became active.
It is hosted on the Michigan Lake and Stream
Associations server. To view the site, go to www.mlswa.org. Then
scroll down to and click on “Visit our Association Web Sites” and then click
on “Taylor-Lake-619” in the alphabetical list of associations. Then
bookmark www.mlswa.org/taylor-lake-619 to be able to go directly to the web
site the next time.
If hosted, server, scroll down, click
on, and bookmark, sound like some strange language we suggest
that you ask your child, grandchild, or the neighbor’s child to translate.
While most of our membership should be able to view the web site at home,
work, school, or any public library, we
realize that not everyone is “online”.
On request (634-5338) we can provide a printed version of the information
that is currently on the web site.
The annual cost for the web site is about
the same as the cost of a single newsletter mailing. There are a number
of communication advantages the web site offers. It is always available,
cannot be accidentally thrown out with the junk mail, is easily updated
with timely news and information, and can substitute for the association’s
newcomers information packet.
Available on the site now:
- Events calendar – upcoming meetings
- Contact information - Board of Trustees
- Maps, charts and photographs of the lake
- Water quality testing reports
- Bylaws, and other legal information
- Photo of the Month Exhibition
We will keep on adding more information,
association records, pictures, and other fun and interesting stuff to the
site until the MLSA webmaster cries uncle. We welcome any and all contributions.
Check the site for how to submit photos and articles.
Next Board of Trustees Meeting
The association’s Board of Trustees will
have their next quarterly meeting on February 03, 2003, 7:30 P.M. at 206
Taylor Lake Road. As with all association meetings, the meeting is open
to the public. If you plan to attend, we suggest calling 634-7618 beforehand,
so that the appropriate number of chairs and cookies will be available.
On the agenda:
- Review the 2002 water quality testing
- Membership dues status and 2003 budget
- Association’s thirtieth anniversary
- 2003 annual general meeting date and agenda
As you may have noticed by our small attempt
at humor in the newsletter title, this started out as the summer newsletter,
and then it became the fall newsletter, and now it is the winter newsletter.
The membership dues statements were prepared
in August by Gary LaRoy but were not immediately sent out because we wanted
to combine the mailing of the statements with the newsletter. Obviously
we have now finally succeeded in completing these modest tasks.
In 2002, some significant events on the lake
included the water testing mentioned at the beginning of the newsletter; the
implementation of the associations web site; and the unfortunate house fire
at the Vivians. John and Virginia Vivian are long time lake residents
and were involved during the early years of the association and have been
on the Board of Trustees.
This event prompted some discussion about
the status of the dysfunctional and now abandoned dry hydrant on Pellett.
A dry hydrant is used to fill the fire department’s tanker trucks.
Having one near the lake can shorten the time needed refill a tanker when
fighting a large fire. In the records of the association I’ve found
correspondence from 1978 concerning the installation of the Pellett hydrant.
If there is sufficient interest from the membership, the association could
facilitate providing an easement for a dry hydrant. Rose Township would
arrange funding and own the hydrant.
In 2003 is the thirtieth anniversary of the
association. Few lake associations or other small non-profit organizations
succeed in remaining active for this length of time. Like many others,
the association was formed in response to strong concerns about how the lake
was being used and proposed land developments around the lake. With
the passage of Rose Townships anti-funneling ordinance, and later changes
in land ownership, these concerns subsided. Since then the association
has focused on lake management and water quality issues. Participation
in the association fluctuates, rising when there is a problem, and falling
when everything seems to be fine. This is normal human nature.
We are very excited about using communication technologies, like the web
site, to reinvigorate active participation in the association and enhance
the strong community bonds that have made Taylor Lake such a good place to
- Tim Green