Meeting Minutes Spring 2021


Meeting Minutes                                                                                                                  President  - vacant

May 22, 2021                                                                                                                       Vice President – Scott Smith

                                                                                                                                              Treasurer – Rhonda Fink

                                                                                                                                              Secretary – Michele Mulhern


The meeting was called to order on Saturday May 22, 2021 at 9 a.m. by acting President Scott Smith. This meeting was held in the field behind Rhonda and Mike Fink’s home.

Area Representatives Present:

West Side :  Gina Sawmiller                          North Side : Mimi Paulus

 South Side:  Gloria Combs                             East Side: Tyler Knox

 In the absence of an elected President ,  Scott Smith chaired the meeting.

 Old Business:

 Minutes:  The minutes of the last meeting are posted on the web site.  A motion was made by Pam Nicholas and seconded  by Gloria Combs that those minutes be accepted as printed on the web site. The motion was approved with no nays.

Treasury:  Rhonda Fink read her report which also will be posted on the web site.  Gina Sawmiller made a motion to accept this oral report   Seconded by Larry Weaver   Carried with no nays.  A written report was also available at the meeting for those who cared to see it.

New Business:

 Election of Officers:   There are 3 offices which need to be filled.   President -  Tyler Knox nominated Scott Smith to fill this position. There were no other nominations Scott Smith will assume the president’s position.  Because Scott now assumes the role of president, the vice president’s position was open.  There were no nominations but Stacie Rofkhar volunteered to assume this position.   Vice President : Stacie Rofkhar    Secretary  Sandra Snyder volunteered to assume the Secretary position.            Summing up :         President  Scott Smith

                                                                                 Vice President  Stacie Rofkhar

                                                                                  Secretary Sandra Snyder

                                                                                 Treasurer Rhonda Fink

Old Business:

 Trash :  Rhonda addressed the meeting concerning past due trash accounts.  She stressed that you must be an association member to receive the discount for trash collection with Noble County Disposal. There were a number of accounts in arrears at the start of the meeting. The association is liable for these and if the member has not paid, their account will be deleted. In the past the association had paid those accounts to keep us in good standing with NCD.

 Lake Directory: Gina Sawmiller has done extensive work on this. Gold Star Printing from Shipshewana is interested in working with Gina on this matter.  We would need local sponsors to defray the cost of this via adds and fund raising activities.  All were in favor of this going forward. Mike Fink suggested that each representative be responsible in obtaining resident’s information for the directory.

 Fund raising items for sale:  Rhonda had T shirts  displayed which would be printed with Atwood Lake on them The cost of this is $25.   Also displayed was a drink cozy for $8.  The association profit on the shirt would be $10 and $4 on the cozy.  She is taking orders for both.

 Speed control : we are all asked to mind our speed on our roads and also warned against allowing anyone to sit on the front of a boat while it is in motion. The DNR will ticket for the boat infractions.

 Notification of weed spraying : residents would like some notification of times of spraying. Several ideas were tossed around with the end decision made that the signs indicating the association meeting would be used to notify when spraying would occur. Scott will make sure Aquatic Enhancements notify him with enough time to get these signs put up.

 Activities Committee:  Anne Nicholas will chair this.  All volunteers are welcome with their ideas. 

 Dues : after some discussion, it was voted that dues will remain the same = $50.

 Upcoming events:  goose round-up  June 19th  need volunteers with kayaks and those in the water by the campground

 July Flotilla Saturday July 3  2 o’clock starting on the west side.

 Adjourn :   Motion to adjourn made by Tyler Knox  ---second by Mike Fink  at 9:55 a.m.    no nays

 Minutes submitted for approval by Michele Mulhern, Secretary

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Meeting Minutes 2020 Fall

Meeting Minutes: 

Saturday August 15, 2020 

President: Kevin D. Johnson

Vice President: Scott Smith

Treasurer: Sandra Funk

Secretary: Michele Mulhern


The meeting was called to order on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. by Kevin D. Johnson, President, held in the field behind Rhonda and Mike Fink’s home. This new location offered social distancing as required by Covid-19. There were 55 people in attendance.


Area Representatives:

West Side: Gina Sawmiller North Side: Larry Weaver

South Side: Gloria Combs East Side: Amber Scott (absent)


New residents welcomed: Keefers , Guthries, Webbs, Offerles, McGuires, Stalhs, Allemons and possibly others whose names were not available.

The Board and Officers were introduced.

Old Business:

Minutes: The minutes of the last meeting are posted on the web site. A motion was made by Gina Sawmiller and seconded by Pam Nicholas to waive reading and to accept as posted on the web site. The motion was approved with no nays.

Treasury: Checking Account Balance as of 7/31/2020 $4,987.51

Savings Account Balance as of 7/31/2020 $39,288.60

Noble County Disposal ck account 7/31/2020 $1,903.84

The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as read. Motion: Daryl Sawmiller, seconded by Larry Weaver. Carried.

Kevin reminded members that this information is on our web site for viewing.


New Business:

Secretary’s Term: The three-year term for secretary ends today. Michele announced that she would be delighted to step down if someone stepped forward to be nominated. When no one volunteered for the office, she agreed to stay in the position until the Spring of 2021.

President’s Term: Kevin announced that he intends to resign the presidency in the Spring of 2021. He would continue in an advisory position (e.g. Ex Officio).

Aquatic Vegetation Control Budget: Each year, the association has appropriated monies to cover costs not covered by the LARE Grant. $8,000 was requested which is the same amount approved last year. Motion was made by Cary Sloan and seconded by Gloria Combs. Unanimously passed.

Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancement: Reported on the weed conditions of the lake. In the Spring, the object of control was centered on Curly Leaf and Eurasian milfoil weeds. Eight (8) acres were treated for Curly Leaf. There was very little Milfoil thus only 3 acres total treated in May. After a reassessment, a touch-up might be required. Discussion followed on the status of the weeds in different areas of the lake. Scott reminded us that the DNR controls which chemicals can be used on the lake which it governs through permits. Also, the treatments would only be allowed on NON-native species. Lakeside property owners may treat 625 sq. feet of their frontage with no permit required. This can be no more than 50% of lake frontage property. (http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2017/ic/titles/014#14-22-9-10)

Scott was asked what they could do if a weed problem arises. He said a resident could call him so he can come assess the problem. The algae seen is not covered under the LARE Grant. Therefore, any expenses would have to be paid by an individual or group. The three channels were discussed and their current algae problem.

Anne Nicholas reported that she had called Martin Franke of LaGrange Sewer and Drainage in the Spring about the abundance of algae in the lake. Mr. Franke said algae could be “of concern” but the county doesn’t have the funds to do testing at this time. Anne also mentioned the closing of the campground beach because of elevated levels of e-coli. Scott Banfield stated that this is usually because of momentary increase of e-coli specific to that area and would not affect the entire lake. Usually these beaches are opened back up in 3 days’ time. Also, membership in LaGrange County Lakes Council was proposed. Kevin was very active in this group and Atwood Lake Association is still a member. Kevin said we would accept volunteers who wish to attend the council’s meetings.

Gina Sawmiller raised several questions regarding the algae in the channels. Two years ago, the Association paid for spraying of the channels which was effective. After this was debated a motion was made to treat the two channels around the access point. This was passed unanimously. Later, this motion was amended to include the third channel on the west side. This motion was made by Larry Weaver and seconded by Anne Nicholas. This motion was carried by the majority with 1 opposed. Scott Banfield will secure a permit and apply for DNR approval. Cost of approximately $2,000 $3,000 is estimated to treat the three channels.

Dues: It was noted that our dues have remained $20 for some time. At first it was felt that the dues should be raised to $75 per household. Kevin reminded the members that only one member of a household could vote. If both members of a household would like to vote, they need to pay for another membership with a limit of two memberships per property. After much discussion a motion was made by Vicki Lee Johnson to raise the membership dues to $50 a year. Gina Sawmiller seconded the motion. Carried.

Fishing Quality: Paul Offerle offered to investigate improving our fishing quality. He will Chair a committee and report back to the Association body in the Spring. A motion was put forth by Gloria Combs and a seconded by Vicki Johnson. Carried.

Adjourn: at 10:45 Daryl Sawmiller made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Cary Sloan. Carried

Minutes submitted for approval my Michele Mulhern, Secretary


Saturday August 17, 2019 

President: Kevin Johnson          Vice President: Scott Smith

Treasurer: Sandra Funk             Secretary: Michele Mulhern


The meeting was called to order on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President at Coody Brown’s restaurant.

There were 45 people in attendance.


Area Representatives:

East Side: Amber Scott West Side: Gina Sawmiller

North Side: Larry Weaver South Side: Gloria Combs


Scott Banfield from Aquatic Enhancement reported on the weed conditions of the lake. In April the object of control was centered on Curly Leaf and Eurasian Milfoil weeds. There was no Milfoil to treat at that time and there was less than an acre of Curly Leaf weed which was treated. Scott said that the Curly Leaf weed may be developing into a hybrid so there are on-going studies by the DNA about this. Scott opened the floor to questions. The only question was concerning recent reports of Blue Green Algae killing dogs. Scott reported that Atwood Lake does not have any significant level of these algae. He spoke of what we should be alert to with its development. Kevin cautioned that only phosphorus free fertilizer should be used as the weeds and algae feed from this.


Board and Officers were introduced.


New residents introduced: We welcomed new members, the Mecklenburg


Minutes: A motioned was made and carried to wave the reading of the minutes. A motion was made and carried to accept the minutes as posted on the web site

Treasurer’ Report: Sandy Funk reported these balances: 

Checking Account: $ 2,566.77

Savings Account: $58,121.03

Noble Disposal: $3,460.31

This report was accepted as read by Joe Bowditch with a second by Amber Scott. Approved unanimously.

Old Business:

The lake directory is available. Email Kevin to receive an electronic copy or to provide updated member information.

Goose Round Up: 43 geese were rounded up. We again thank all who helped with this. A special thanks to Mike Fink for supplying the trailer to transport these geese.

Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser: a big success which raised $530 for the association. Mike and Rhonda Fink’s generous donation of time, place and hours of preparation for this event is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all those who volunteered and attended the event.

New Business:

Control of beaver and water level of the lake: Scott Smith addressed the group about efforts to find someone to control the beaver population and open the marsh area which the beaver have dammed thus affecting the water level of the lake. There are 3 beaver huts around the lake…… by the access area, by Scott’s house and back by the dam on private property adjoining the lake. Scott noted that this property owner is fully in favor with our efforts. It was stressed that there would be NO dredging of the swamp… only clearing debris be hand after the beavers have been removed thus allowing water to flow. It is hoped that this natural water-way would result in lowering the water level of the lake. Many of the east side residents are adversely affected by this high water level. The board, with the help of Mike Gigli contacted and interviewed American Animal Control company to help with this problem. It was stressed that it is NOT our intent to open this area up to allow boating or portage through to Witmer Lake. The Board requested a quote from Dan Glock of American Animal Control. Mr. Glock spent 3 hours in the swamp area and only got ½ way to where the beaver dam is believed to be located. It is hoped by restoring the natural flow of water that the water level of our lake will drop. Mr. Glock said this flow would not be sudden and that probably it would take a month or more before we see the water level drop. It is the position of AAC (American Animal Control) that the beaver must be removed prior to addressing the swamp water flow as they will rebuild the dam in a matter of days.

Kevin stressed that the swamp is private property and that we should not trespass. Mr. Glock was adamant in informing us that it is against the law to interfere with his traps.

Several residents spoke of past efforts to clean out the swamp. All stated it is very dangerous and unpredictable work. None of them is willing to return to this area to clear blockage.

The board asked Mr. Glock to give us a quote plus we would like to see a “trail” to the dam area marked for future maintenance. Mr. Glock has a 30 day guarantee – during this time past work completion, he will return if we still witness beaver activity.

Those residents who had questions or comments were:

Bob Julian- wanted to know exactly how far the water level will drop. This is unknown. It was estimated based on past years’ experience it could be anywhere from 4-10 inches.

Mike Gigli, Scott Smith, Cary Sloan, Larry Weaver spoke of past experience with the problems of high water levels and the possible effects of reducing the water levels.

Connie Buchholz asked about the feasibility of winter trapping of the beaver. Kevin responded that swamp areas are not safe because of instability of the iced waters due to water movement.

The quote from American Animal Control is $12,000. This will include removing the beavers and “by hand” clearing out dams so that the natural flow of water may return. No dredging, digging, deepening, widening of the water only removing the debris that the beavers placed in the existing water path.

Jim Soest made the motion to accept the quote and budget the monies Mike Gigli seconded the motion.

The motion was accepted by the majority with one vote nay. Motion passed.

Kevin estimates that the yearly maintenance of this area should be around $2,500. This amount was proposed to be placed in the budget and was passed unanimously by the body. It was also noted that another company could be hired for further beaver control. This would be decided at a later date.

Aquatic weed control budget: Kevin asked that the budget in the amount of $8,000 be again instated. This amount is contingent on the granting of the LARE grant. If this is granted, we would only need approximately $3,000. Motion made by Joe Bowditch and second by Gloria Combs - passed

Elections of Officers:

The offices of President and Treasurer expire at this date. Kevin asked for any nominations from the floor for these positions. There was no response other than to extend these present officer’s terms by re-election. A motion was made by Jim Soest with a second by Scott Smith that these fine officers be re-elected. Carried unanimously

Motion to adjourn: was made at 9:55 by Gina Sawmiller with a second by Mike Fink

Minutes submitted for approval by Michele Mulhern, Secretary

Next Association Meeting date: May 16, 2020


Meeting Minutes                                                              President: Kevin Johnson


Spring 2019 Meeting Meetings

Saturday May 18th, 2019                                                 President: Kevin Johnson      Vice President: Scott Smith

                                                                                          Secretary: Michele Mulhern  Treasurer: Sandra Funk

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President at Coody Brown’s restaurant. There were 34 people in attendance.


Area Representatives:

  East Side: Amber Scott    West Side: Gina Sawmiller -absent     North Side: Larry Weaver    South Side: Gloria Combs

Past Minutes: A motion was made to waive the reading of the minutes and accepting the minutes as posted on the web site. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report: Sandra Funk reported: Checking Account: $2, 979.45

                                                                       Savings Account: $54,536.74

                                                                       Noble Disposal: $3,314.51

A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report by Mike Fink, seconded by Daryl Sawmiller, and approved unanimously.


Old Business:

Goose Round-Up: Will be held on Saturday, June 15th. Scott Smith and Mike Fink are in charge. Mike would like as many people to participate as possible but cautions that only kayaks be used. Those interested in being involved should meet at the campground at 7:30 am to setup for the capture. Those in kayaks should gather around Mike Fink in the center of the lake. The actual round-up should be underway around 8:00 am. Mike stressed the need for a quiet, slow gathering so not to spook the birds. Kevin will procure the relocation permit from the DNR.


Flotilla: Will take place on Saturday July 6th at 2 pm. Meet on the West Side.


Pancake Breakfast: Vicki Johnson will chair this year’s fund raiser. The Finks have again offered their facility to host. There was a flyer sent out earlier and also a copy of this flyer is online. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children for this all you can eat event. June 29th, 8 am – 11 am. We are in need of volunteers. It will be open to the public. A sign up sheet was passed for those who want to help out. No rain date is needed seeing the building can hold 70 people. There will be a 50-50 drawing. Come together for this community gathering.


New Business:


Scott Smith’s term as Vice President has ended. Kevin asked if there were any nominations for this Office. Scott Smith was nominated by Mike Fink, seconded by Amber Scott and approved unanimously.


Lake Water level: Due to excessive rain fall, the water level on the lake is very high. There is little to be done seeing we are the highest lake in the chain. So we must just await the end to the rains.


Channel clean-out: All were happy after last year’s channel clean out. It will be decided later if the same clean out is needed for this year.

A motion to adjourn was made at 9:35 am by Dondi Pierce, seconded by Jim Soest, motion carried by unanimous vote.


Minutes submitted for approval by: Michele Mulhern, Secretary


Fall Meeting 2018

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President, at Coody Brown’s restaurant. There were approximately 23 people attending.


Area Representatives:

East Side: Amber Scott

West Side: Gina Sawmiller

North Side: Larry Weaver – absent

South Side: Gloria Combs – absent


Spring Meeting Date: has been changed to Saturday, May 18th. This will be noted on the web site.


Old Business:


Secretary’s Minutes - in an effort to conserve time, Kevin suggested that the minutes could be read on line where all could review prior to the meeting. At the meeting they would be either accepted as read or corrected. A motion to this effect was made by Daryl Sawmiller, seconded by Scott Smith and accepted by the majority.


Addressing the members: Kevin reminded us that if a person wishes to address the group he/she must consult with Kevin as to the nature of the presentation. This person must be a paid member in good standing.


Treasurer’s Report: Sandra Funk reported these balances; Checking Account: $239.45

Savings Account: $54,868.58

Noble Disposal: $3,531.85

This report was accepted as read by Rhonda Fink and second by Scott Smith


Other Business:

Aquatic Vegetation: The treatment of the south west channel was deemed a success. This application cost $1,167.50 in addition the regular treatment was conducted by Aquatic Enhancement treating 1.95 acres for Curly Leaf Pond Weed and 4.25 acres for Eurasian Milfoil. Kevin had a visual display to show these areas.


Fish Fry: Mike Fink reported that the fish fry made $50 this year. There were 100 tickets sold. Again it was stressed that this is mostly a social occasion and not designed to be a big money maker. Mike and Rhonda would be opposed to opening this event to the public. The idea of having a breakfast was put forth. Vicki Johnson and Rhonda Find will form a committee to investigate this farther.


Goose Round-up: There were 36 geese captured and taken to the preserve. It was suggested that next season Mike Fink be a water coach to direct those in kayaks and boats. Kevin and Scott would be in the beach area.


John Bales: Resident member John Bales addressed the group giving his opinion of the correlation of the chemicals being used to kill vegetation in relation to the fish population and to concerns for our health. He feels the application of 2-4 D is a threat to the fish and us.


Fish Population: it is felt that we should request the DNR do a fish population study. Kevin said the DNR must have the budget to do this study. There is a 5 year Walleye stocking program which costs in the vicinity of $15,000 with no guarantees that it would work. Kevin tabled this until the Spring meeting.


Fresh Water Jelly Fish: Kevin told the group of finding a fresh water jelly fish. This is a rare sighting. When Kevin related this to the DNR biologist his comment was, “one healthy lake!”


Beaver: Once again the beavers’ effect on drainage was discussed. It was decided that the appropriated allotted money be again used to control the beaver population – all this is done under the supervision of the DNR.


A motion to adjourn was made at 9:40 a.m. by Vicki Johnson with a second by Mike Fink and carried by the majority.


Minutes submitted for approval by: Michele Mulhern, Secretary

Spring Meeting 2018

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President, at Coody Brown’s restaurant. There were approximately 63 people attending.


Prior to the normal routine of the meeting, Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancements was introduced. Scott spoke of what treatments were applied, where applied, and the need for additional treatment of the invasive species of weeds found in our lake. A visual map was displayed showing areas of treatment and concern. Once again, the predominant weeds were Eurasian Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pond Weed. Scott had two jars containing these two weeds to help residents identify them. The Spring treatment on April 26th was for treatment of Milfoil. Scott will return in August to treat Curly Leaf Pond weed. Scott answered questions from the residents.

Following Scott’s report.


Introduction of the officers and the

Area Representatives:

  • East Side: Amber Scott – absent
  • West Side: Gina Sawmiller
  • South Side: Gloria Combs
  • North Side: Larry Weaver – absent


New Residents: The four new residents were asked to stand and introduce themselves. We welcome them and hope they choose to join the Association.


Past Minutes: were read and a motion to accept by Vicki Johnson with a second by Gina Sawmiller Approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report: $6978. In regular checking; $53,975. in savings account; $3840 in the Noble Disposal account. 

The report was accepted as read with a motion by Pam Nicholas and a second by Gina Sawmiller. Approved unanimously. 


New Business:

Fish Fry: Today at the Fink’s barn from 4-6pm We are encouraged to come help plus enjoy socializing with old and new neighbors.


Goose Roundup: will be Saturday June 16th . Scott Smith will organize this event. Mike Fink will again donate the use of his trailer. Kayaks are preferred. Meet at the campground beach area @ 7:30. Some 45 geese have been counted on the lake. In the past, this roundup was finished by around 8:15 a.m. with all the geese taken to a Mongo preserve unharmed.


Flotilla: a vote was taken as to when this will occur because the 4th is a Wednesday. It was decided that the Saturday prior to the 4th (June 30th) would work best.


Tiger Muskie Fish: The DNR no longer stocks this fish. Now, they stock with Walleye. The cost of this is approximately $3,000 a year with a five (5) year commitment. The lake must qualify for this with the DNR. Unfortunately we ran out of time and did not get to discuss this opportunity in detail.


Chemical residual post treatment: Kevin reported that there is a resident on the lake who proposed taking water samples post treatment to determine the residual levels. He estimates the cost of this would be approximately $600- 1,000 per study with multiple studies required. Studies indicate herbicides used generally last only 3-5 days due to the huge dilution factor. Most diffusion occurs 6-8 hours post treatment using 2, 4 D . The topic was tabled.


Algae Treatment: Treatment for algae is only a short-term solution lasting only 3-5 weeks. It is estimated that this treatment would cost $4,000.00 per season for 2 applications.


Raffle: Once again, we thank, Ora & Alma Schrock for donating a beautiful planter for a raffle. Approximately $100 was donated.


Motion to adjourn was made at 10:20 am by Gina Sawmiller, second by Gloria Combs and carried by the majority.


Minutes submitted for approval by : Michele Mulhern, Secretary


Fall Meeting 2017

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, August 27, 2017 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President at Coody Brown’s restaurant.


Officers were introduced as were the shore line representatives:

  East Side: Amber Scott 

  West Side: Gina Sawmiller 

  North Side: Larry Weaver (absent)

  South Side: Gloria Combs


There were no new residents present to introduce.


Past Minutes: were read and not accepted until a correction was made…. In the section under the heading Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancement…. It is noted that it was Kevin Johnson who said that Kevin, not Scott, reassured the members that a total weed kill would not happen again under his direction. This will be corrected as instructed. Following this, the minutes were accepted as read by Daryl Sawmiller with a second by Gloria Combs.


Treasurer’s Report: was presented giving account balances highlighted:


Savings account: $50636.22


Regular Checking: $6094.94


Noble Disposal ck : $ 3172.51


Accepted as read by Pam Nicholas and second by Marsha Campbell



Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancement spoke to the residents about the current conditions on the lake. He questioned if the Eurasian Milfoil plant was coming back. There were a few areas in early July noted. He feels this is less than an acre. He will treat this Thursday, weather permitting. Once again, he will do an early treatment in the Spring 2018 – possibly in April.

Questions from the floor:


What was the greatest eruption of Milfoil in past years. It is thought that 17 acres were noted in past history. Also along this same line it was noted that without treatment it would only take 3-4 years for weeds to come back strong. There was also a discussion concerning the Euleoda plant on the lake. Scott is keeping his eyes open for this plant in our lake.


Colleen Julian asked how the ice coverage affected the weeds. Scott responded that there are mixed reports on this.


Chemicals used on the lake: Colleen expressed concerns about children swimming in the lake following treatment and why there was little notification as to when these treatments would be done. Both Kevin and Scott said treatment is weather related so there can only be short notice. Scott stated that the markers are placed after treatment within 100 feet of the treated areas. Kevin said he would try to give advanced notice of treatment via an email “blast” and that Scott is in full compliance with the guidelines of application with the DNR. One suggestion of notification would be to post treatment dates on the Atwood Lake signs.


Lionel Long asked about the effects on lawns if the treated water were applied as irrigation to lawns. It was suggested that those who irrigate with lake water that is within 100 feet of the treated area allow 1 day for watering the grass and for ornamentals, garden, landscape type plants allow 21 days.   


Amber Scott asked for a treatment schedule. Early Spring with spot treatment or more as determined by weed growth. Mid to late June for shoreline weeds for those who paid for this application. Eurasian Milfoil will be addressed in August with either spot treatment or more determined by areas assessed by Scott.


Scott will try to give Kevin schedule dates - most likely a week in advance of treatment.


Safety Data sheets can be found on the Atwood Lake site. This lists any chemicals that have been or may be used on the lake. Not all chemicals are used at the same time.


Old Business:


Fish Fry: A report was given by Mike Fink who related that 100 tickets were sold. 25% were carry-out. There was a loss of $36.73. It was pointed out that expense of paper products was costly. However, there is enough left over for next time. Fish portions could be smaller next time which would reduce costs. Temporary dates for this event in 2018 were Memorial weekend Saturday or just leave the date open at this time. A vote was taken to approve that the association fund this event next year. Marsha Campbell - motioned Seconded by Daryl Sawmiller. Carried by the members.


Beaver: Scott Smith reported that the DNR approved trapper took 4 beaver from the lake. One was 65 pounds – the others were in the 40 pound weight range. Scott has seen 2 more in the area since the trapper was here. Scott said the water flow was still good in the area of the dams. The DNR regulates both the trappers and if we trap. DNR says there is no limit to the trap/kill of beaver.


Geese: Goose round-up went well. There were 24 geese relocated from the lake. It was suggested that next year we have more kayaks to help.


Boat Safety: Both Kevin and Scott Smith stressed the need for speed control and that there should be NO kids or adults on the front area of pontoon boats.


Lake Directories: Kevin reported that Espich Printing is interested in printing our directories. Members are urged to give Sandy Funk the info they want in the directory. Gloria Combs reported that she has given Sandy an updated list of those residents on the south side. It is suggested that area reps should have extra old directories to give to new residents with the hopes these people will join the association.


New Business:


Dock: Cary Sloan reported that he still has a dock piece which floated in earlier this year.


Secretary: Kevin announced that my term for secretary is up. A vote was taken to reinstate me as Secretary. Pam Nicholas motioned, Seconded by Gloria Combs Motion carried.


Aquatic weed control budget: Kevin again asked for $7500 be allocated for weed control. Motion- Gloria Combs …. Second Don Nicholas motion carried.


Gloria Combs wanted to make residents aware that there have been reports of gas siphoning from boats recently.


Jim Soest would like to have some members look into the benefits of the DNR placing tiger muskies fish in the lake to enhance the growth of all fish. Jimmy Scott and Kevin Johnson will look into this interesting idea.


At 10:12 a.m. Don Nicholas motioned that the meeting adjourn. Mike Fink seconded this motion.


Minutes submitted for approval by Michele Mulhern, Secretary


Association Meeting Minutes Spring 2017

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, May 29th, 2017 at 9 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President at Coody Brown’s restaurant.


* Prior to the meeting commencing, Kevin updated us on the DNR’s mandate of no motorized water craft on the Indian Chain of Lakes due to flooding conditions. At this time our lake is not affected but we are advised to keep updated.


Officers were introduced as were the shore line representatives:

East Side: Amber Scott (absent)

West Side: Gina Sawmiller

North Side: Larry Weaver

South Side: Gloria Combs


There were no new residents present. However, we were informed that there are two new resident families.


Past Minutes: Read, motion to accept by Vicki Johnson, seconded by Mike Fink


Treasurer’s Report: was presented giving account balance, highlighted:

Savings Account:   $ 53,726.32

Regular Checking:  $  3,196.10

Disposal Account:   $  3,346.42

Sandy urged residents to call her and Noble County disposal before stopping or changing service.

Motion to Accept by Larry Weaver and seconded by Cary Sloan.


Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancement addressed the members giving an update on the survey by the DNR. Jars containing aquatic plants were passed around so the members could identify them. The jars contained Curly Leave, Eurasian Milfoil and Pondweed. The DNR’s LARE program funded some of the treatment of Eurasian Milfoil this year which was done in April. Native plants are not controlled by Scott’s application.


Members’ concerns were aired: Some wanted to know what chemicals were used. The Safety Date Sheet of any chemicals used will be listed on the web site (www.atwoodlake.info). The areas treated were shown on a map and projected on the screen for the members to view. Some members expressed concern for a total weed kill as done in 2005. Kevin reassured the members that this will not happen again under his direction. Some claimed the fish are stunted as a result of this over treatment in 2005. It was also stated that the reason for fish “stunting” could be due to an overpopulation of fish. Not all of the fish can get the abundant amount of food to grow to larger sizes; therefore the overpopulation becomes smaller in size. This was the case in the 80s when the DNR put chemicals in the lake that small fish could not tolerate but the larger fish were unaffected. This fish kill was to reduce the number of smaller fish to allow more food the remainder of the fish and allowed them to grow in size. It was also claimed that the DNR wanted to do this again but the Association blocked the action.


John Bales and Phillip Hilligoss did an excellent job in pointing out the “no chemical” position of the discussion. John asked Kevin if the majority of the members voted not to put in chemicals in the lake would the Association stop. Kevin replied yes. The Association represents the majority of the Members in Good Standing and if at regular or special meeting of those members, with a quorum present, voted not apply chemicals, the motioned would be carried.


John also mentioned that the DNR recently did a fish study and he would be getting the results soon.

Scott was questioned for the shoreline application, how for out he could apply. Scott replied, depending on the location he could go out as far as 75 feet.


Old Business:

Concerns about the size of the savings account funds: It was again stressed that one year of intense weed kill application could sink this account. But we must be mindfully of how this would affect the status of not for profit and LARE funding. UPDATE from Kevin. What I can find on the web there is no limit on a savings account for a not-for-profit. In fact the National Board of Not-for-profits encourages NFP to have a savings account. There is a limit on how much income a NFP can have before having to pay taxes in Indiana. If anyone finds any information to the contrary, please let Kevin know.


Beaver Hut: Scott Smith reported that the Association has received a permit to trap Beaver and destroy the beaver huts and dams. The permit is issued by the DNR. Scott stated that he had heard the owner of the land around the huts was sold and Scott did contact the new owner. Right now there is good water flow. Vicki Johnson made a motion that we hire someone to clear this waterway should it become clogged and trap the existing beavers. Second by Larry Weaver, motioned carried with only 1 Nay vote.


New Business:


Address Book : The publisher of the old directory is no longer offering this service. After some debate it was proposed that the association pay for the updated books. Motion by Mike Fink and second by Gloria Combs. Motion carried.


Fund raiser/social: Mike and Rhonda Fink have graciously offered their property for a Jonah Fish Fry on June 10th from 4-6 pm. A flier was passed out with information. This will not be open to the public and pre ticket sales are a must. Shoreline reps have the tickets for this event. Volunteer sign-up sheet to help.


Goose Round-Up: Saturday June 17th. Scott Smith will coordinate this year. Those wishing to help can come to the campground area at 7:30 a.m. Others who will help need to be in kayaks and should wait to be told by Scott when to start the round-up, approximately 8 am. Mike Fink will again supply the stock trailer to transport the geese. As of the meeting date, the DNR has not issued a permit…. Kevin will send out an email blast when this is secured.


4th of July Flotilla : will be held on Saturday, July 1st. Meet on the west side of the lake. People are urged to be mindful to try and pick up any water balloon debris.


Drawing : Once again Ora and Alma Schrock have crafted two items to be given away. These items were won by Cary Sloan and Mike VanWassenhove. We thank the Schrocks !

A motion was made by Gloria Combs to adjourn at 10:15 a.m. Larry Weaver, Seconded by Vicki Johnson. Motioned carried.

Minutes submitted for approval by: Michele Mulhern, Secretary.

Association Meeting Minutes Fall 2016

___________________________________________________________________

The meeting was called to order on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9 a.m. by Rhonda Fink, President at Coody Brown’s restaurant.

Officers were introduced as were the shore line Representatives:

                East Side:   Ray Kissner

                West Side:  Gina Sawmiller (absent)

                North Side: Larry Weaver (absent)

                South Side: Gloria Combs

There were no new residents present.

Past Minutes: read and accepted by Vicki Johnson    seconded by Carol Woodiel

Treasurer’s Report: was presented giving account balance highlighted:


See full Treasurer's Report below.

Sandy urged residents to call her and Noble County Disposal (800) 292-9098, before stopping or changing service.  Motion to accept by Pam Nicholas and seconded by Carol Woodiel.  Unanimously approved.



Old Business:

Weeds: Kevin Johnson gave a report on weed population around the access sites which are native plants. The DNR granted weed control application be allowed on a 20 x 300 foot path in that area. Scott Banfield of Aquatic Enhancement & Survey applied a weed killer which was quite effective. Kevin will meet with the DNR in the Fall.   Kevin asked that $7,500 be budgeted for next year’s weed control.     A motion was made by Gloria Combs and seconded by Mike Fink. Unanimously approved.


Beaver Hut: Scott Smith reported that we should apply for a permit ($100) to be allowed to make a determination f the beaver hut was on the waterside of the shoreline and therefore under the authority of the State or if it is on the dry side of the waterline and therefore under the control of the homeowner.  The permit is issued by the DNR. Scott stated that he had heard the owner of the land around the huts is selling his place and Scott will attempt to contact the new owner. Right now there is good water flow. Motion was made to allocate $100 for the permit by Mike Fink and seconded by Gloria Combs.  The purpose of this determination is to get permission to burn down the beaver lodge in the winter when the lake is frozen.  The idea is that in the spring the beavers will occupy their initial time in rebuilding the lodge first before attempting to shore up the dam, giving the lake time to drain from spring rains.  Currently the home owner believes it is on his private property.


Fund Raiser: Gloria Combs discussed the Burger Boat and stressed the need for other volunteers for future events. She would like to see more socialization like we had previously. 


New Business:

Offices filled:

President Rhonda Fink feels she needs to resign from the presidency due many other commitments.   Via a unanimous vote, Kevin Johnson will assume the role as president.

East Side Representative After 55 years on the lake, Ray Kissner informed the association that he has sold his home and he and his wife Barb will be moving to Florida in October.   Amber Scott was nominated by Kevin Johnson and seconded by Vicki Lee Johnson and unanimously carried by the body.

Campground Representative is needed and will be determined at the Spring meeting. There is a campground resident who is anxious to foster communication. A motion was made by Gloria Combs and seconded by Kevin Johnson. Unanimously approved.

Witmer Lake

A few members asked about the possibility of a connection to Witmer Lake. In the past, the water level would so adversely affected that a connection would not be plausible.

Algae

Bob and Anne Nicholas expressed concerns over the algae in the lake especially around the island. Kevin agreed to look in to it.


Past President Randy Houser spoke of how clean the lake is now in comparison to years past.


Adjournment

A motion was made Sandra Funk to adjourn at 10:03 a.m.   Kevin Johnson, Seconded

The next meeting will be Saturday, May 27, 2017


Minutes submitted for approval by: Michele Mulhern, Secretary.




Spring 2016
                                                                        President: Rhonda Fink
                                                                        Vice President: Troy Lindley
Meeting Minutes:                                            Treasurer: Sandra Funk
May 28th, 2016                                               Secretary: Michele Mulhern
___________________________________________________________________

Meeting was called to order on the 28th of May 2016 at 9:00 a.m. by Rhonda Fink, President at Coody Brown's Restaurant. The officers were introduced and the absence of Troy Lindley was noted due to other commitments.

Shoreline Representatives were introduced:

  • North: Larry Weaver
  • South: Gloria Combs
  • East: Ray Kissner
  • West: Gina Sawmiller

New lake resident Wes Stayton & Amber Scott were introduced.

Past Minutes: read and accepted by Gina Sawmiller and seconded by Pam Nicholas

Treasurer's Report: was presented giving account balance highlighted.

  • Savings Account: $42,682.
  • Checking Account: $3,767.
  • Garbage Checking: $5,794.
Accepted by Pam Nicholas Seconded by Carol Woodiel.

Old Business: More email addresses needed for the directory and for contact of general information

Scott Banfield was introduced and spoke of what was done so far this year to control weeds and what he projects for the rest of the year. Essentially the same areas were treated this year as last. He encouraged us all to report new eruptions of Curly Leaf Pondweed and Eurasian Watermilfoil growth. Shoreline treatment will be sometime in June for those who signed up and paid for it. Residents had questions about specific weeds and what treatments are allowed. Lake floor was also discussed and the possible treatment for reduction of "muck" by the residents. Copper Sulfate may be legally used. Round Up is not legal for treatment on the lake. Further information can be accessed via the DNR or Scott's company, Aquatic Enhancement & Survey, Inc. (www.aquaticenhancement.com). A survey was handed out to be filled out and turned back in at the meeting.

New BusinessThe Vice President's position is open. It was voted that Scott Smith be appointed to this position. This election was unanimous. Gina Sawmiller motioned Donde Pierce seconded.

In the future, per the bylaws, the newsletter will be done by the Secretary

Once again we thank Ora and Erma Schrock for their donation of a butterfly box and bird house to be won via a drawing at the meeting.

This year the date for the Burger Boat will be June 11th. We will again have the same menu and pre-orders can be phoned in to the number on the flier which was distributed to those at the meeting and taken around to the lake and campground by the shoreline reps.

Goose Round-Up will be Saturday June 18th at 7:30 a.m. All help is appreciated both at the campground where the geese are loaded and on the water gathering the geese and guiding them to the campground.

4th of July Flotilla will be held on Saturday with a rain date of Sunday. Decorated boats are to meet on the west side.

The burning of the beaver hut was discussed. It was decided that the best thing to do now is to await various department's decision as to who owns the area where the hut is before any other action be taken.

Members questioned where the drainage pipes are which take water off to Witmer Lake. Several members know where they are and both Kevin Johnson and Scott Smith have seen that the water is still flowing freely in those areas.

Motion to Adjourn : was made at 10:05 a.m. by Kevin Johnson and second by Joe Bowditch

FALL 2015

Meeting Minutes:                                                            President: Rhonda Fink

August 15th, 2015                                                          Vice President: Troy Lindley

                                                                                       Treasurer: Sandra Funk

                                                                                       Secretary: Michele Mulhern

________________________________________________________________________________________

Meeting was called to order on the 15th of August 2015 at 9:00 a.m. by Rhonda Fink, President at Coody Brown's Restaurant. Vicki Johnson was commissioned to take the minutes in the absence of Michele Mulhern who was unable to attend due to illness.

Shore Representatives were introduced as was new resident Matt Lock.

Past Minutes were read and accepted with a note that the bylaws were changed for the meetings dates.

Kevin Johnson motioned with a second by Pam Nicholas

Treasurer's Report : was presented giving account balances highlighted and briefly discussed including fund-raisers and membership dues. An extended report will be placed on the web site.

Pam Nicholas motioned ...... second by Scott Smith

Old Business:

Insurance: Policy discussion centering on coverage provided, comparison & pricing therein. The best all-around policy will be purchased.

Gloria Combs motioned ....... second by Pam Nicholas

Scott Banfield: introduced himself and focused on what he does for us :

. Lake survey was passed out - 1 per household

. Discussed grant and how association applies for and receives funds via LARE

. Discussed 2 weeds growing and causing problems and how to control

. Select problem weeds and what was done this year to kill them. They generally grow during Spring to

early Summer in 5-7 feet of water areas. More abundant by drop-off .

. Reviewed lake in May - did treat certain areas - will recheck and do 1 more spot treatment this year.

This treatment totals less than 5 acres.

. Next year (2016) will spot treat again in the same time frame as this year.

. On-going process - this Winter a survey and overview of all activity will be compiled and sent to DNR

as LARE requirements. Info from all participating lakes will be compiled.

. 2016 recommendations for treatment and the cost of these treatments

. If want to do more for own property - a request of 100 feet out from x house to x house. Email

request for amendment to see if it goes through. Estimates cost $500/ acre.

. High water years are tough as weed growth gets worse.

. Lakes over-all condition is (according to Scott Banfield) High-middle clarity. Weeds are moderate.

Fish is good.

. Additional chemicals can be applied by resident. Raking is fine - native weeds will not spread that way

. Leeches - use copper sulfate

. Areas of plant growth based on floor of lake - sand and gravel don't support plant growth. Muck is OK

but not as good as sand or gravel. Break areas not conducive to growth. Lower depth and cove is

more susceptible to weed growth.

. Glyphosate is good on lilies. September best time to coat leaves and let dry.

Motion made for appropriated weed control budget set at $7500. for 2016 was made by Kevin Johnson and second by Pam Nicholas was carried by vote of all.

Update on beaver trapping : overview on what, where and why was given.

5 beaver were trapped and removed - one was over 54 pounds !

trapping done by approved trappers

Recommends burning hut this winter to slow return.

Clearing Channel :

Kevin Johnson reviewed the emailed info received from the county.

Mike Fink talked about what he learned about stream and clearing that area:

Can clear ditch but can't disturb bottom. Have to get land owners permission.

Need to clear when water level is low.

Private Road : Some residents asking for help with road maintenance on road beyond the access site. County will not maintain because there is no ability to turn around at the road's end. It was recommended that residents of this area keep calling the county. Lake association can't pay for roads.

Water Levels concerns were discussed - special concerns were expressed about freezing and sea wall damage.

Reminder that decals are still available for sale.

Reminder of upcoming cookout at Mike and Rhonda Fink's home.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 was made by Kevin Johnson ...second by Scott Smith and carried by the majority.

Side note - thank you Vicki for taking minutes for me. ..... Michele

Minutes submitted for approval by: Michele Mulhern, Secretary

Spring 2015 Minutes


May  30,  2015

President :  Rhonda Fink 

Vice President: Troy Lindley

Treasurer: Sandra Funk

Secretary:  Michele Mulhern            

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Meeting was called to order on the 30th of May 2015 at 9:00 a.m.  by Rhonda Fink, President  at Coody Brown's restaurant.   There were approximately 40 people present.


Welcome New Atwood Lake Home Owners:

We welcomed the 2 new owners on the west side  : the VanWassenhove family and the Guthrie family.             

Introduction of the Association Reps and Officers followed :

                . Larry Weaver - North Side ( not present)

                . Ray Kissner - East Shore

                . Gloria Combs - South Beach

                . Gina Sawmiller - West Side

                . Mimi Paulus,  LCLC Atwood Lake Steward

                . Rhonda Fink - President

                . Troy Lindley- Vice President

                . Sandra Funk - Treasurer

                . Michele Mulhern - Secretary   

Secretary Report

An overview of the August 16th, 2014 minutes were read by Michele Mulhern.  Members were directed to the Atwood Lake Association website for in-depth details of this meeting written by then, Secretary, Vicki Lee Johnson.  A motion to accept as read was made by Vicki Lee Johnson and seconded by Gina Sawmiller.

Old Business:

Insurance Policy :  The need to carry forth with an insurance policy for liability was debated.  A rate of $797./year from State Farm was also debated.                It was stressed that such a policy is needed to protect the officers . The pros and cons to this policy were voiced.  It was decided that two members who have experience in this field would "look into it". Motion made by  Gina Sawmiller .... second by Michele Mulhern

Dues : Dues  fees dropped from $150 a year to $100.

Treasurer's Report :

Savings Account  :  Beginning Balance  8/16/2014                                                                               $32,863.22

This period Interest (August- Marcy)                                                      $   2.23

                8/25/14   weeds/Dues                                                           $  510.

                9/15/14   weeds/Dues                                                           $  175.

                12/08/14  weeds/Dues                                                          $    20.

                2/03/15   weeds/Dues                                                           $    20.

                4/09/15  weeds/Dues                                                            $  1375.

                4/09/15 weeds/Dues                                                             $   950.

                4/19/15 weeds/Dues                                                            $  1940.

                Total Deposits                                                                     $4992.23

                Total Withdrawals                                                                $ 0

                Balance as of  5/30/15----------------------------------------------------$37,855.45

 

Checking Account :    

                Beginning Balance  as of   8/16/14                                      $6301.38

     Deposits :                8/25/14      Deposit                                            $105.

                                    4/14/15  State of Indiana                                $3000.

                Total Deposits:_________  _______________________$3105.00

  Withdrawals :   8/18/14     Coody Brown 's Meeting room fee              $  25.

                8/18/14    Luminaries Expense                                                $  62.97

                 3/15/15    Aquatic Enhancement                                         $3750.00

                Total withdrawals  _______________________________$3906.34

      Checking Balance as of  5/30/15__________________$5500.04

The Treasure's Report was accepted as read by  Randy Houser and seconded by Gloria Combs

 

      

Other Business:

Lare Grant for Weeds:  Kevin Johnson discussed what goes into the Lare Grant approval application. It was noted that because the lake had a highly successful experimental application for weeds done by Scott Banfield's company, we were again approved for a partial grant for this year.  This year we have a small spot of Millfoil weed growth which Scott will treat on approximately June 4th.   Shore line treatment for those who paid for this application will be done soon. We were granted $3000 to treat certain weeds. We thanked Kevin for all his hard work in applying for the grant.

Kevin Johnson says he no long represent our lake at the council meetings due to time constraints. Daryl Sawmiller has agreed to assume this post and will be trained by Kevin.  We thank Kevin again!

Self  Treatment of Property : this was again addressed   You may treat an area of 25x25 sq. feet.

Mimi Paulus :  no longer wishes to be the LCLC lake steward.  Various lake water samples are taken the 4th Thursday in June through October.    Mike and Rhonda will assume these duties.   motioned and approved

Port-a -Pot  :  Tom and Carol Woodiel report that the port a potty  which is by the Beach area was pushed over the bank and came to rest near the water's edge. The unit had by chained shut and there were no chemicals within so there was no threat of spillage into the lake.  The DNR took care of this problem.  

Goose Round-Up:  June 13th was the slated date for the round-up   UPDATE : this did not occur as Mongo would not accept any geese this year as a precaution due to Chicken Flu .

Fund Raisers : Gloria Combs gave an account of fund raising activities so far and in the future;

Pork Burger Boat event netted  $418.  on 5/23/14   a huge, tasty  success  there are plans for a ice cream boat event.

                Ora and Erma Schrock  have donated 2 deluxe bird feeders to be raffled off after this meeting. Thank You !

                Mike Fink stressed the need for future fund raisers .... this is a big factor in awarding Lare grants

Flotilla:   Seeing Randy Houser has retired,  Mike and Rhonda Fink will lead the flotilla this year on July 4th at 2 p.m.

Address Book :   Sandy Funk reported that the address book is at the printers and awaits final updates

Social Event :  Rhonda and Mike have graciously invited the lake community to join them at their home on August  1st for a cook out. They will  supply the meet.  We are requested to bring a carry-in item plus drinks and chairs. 

Change of next meeting Date :  August 15th at Coody Brown's     motion: Kevin Johnson  second: Vicki Lee Johnson

Motion to Adjourn :  at 10:15 a.m.    unanimously passed

Minutes submitted for approval  by :  Michele Mulhern - Secretary

 

Fall 2014 Association Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order on 16th of August 2014 at 9:00 a.m. by Rhonda Fink, President.

 

Welcome New Atwood Home Owners

A short discussion took place on homes believed to be recently sold but no new home owner names were available and no new home owners present at the meeting.

 

Introduction of the Association Reps and Officers followed:

·         Larry Weaver, North Side

·         Ray Kissner, East Shore

·         Gloria Combs, South Beach

·         Gina Sawmiller, West Shore

·         Mimi Paulus, LCLC Atwood Lake Steward

·         Troy Lindley, Vice President

·         Rhonda Fink, President

·         Sandra Funk, Treasurer

·         Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary

 

Secretary Report

An overview of the May 31, 2014 minutes were read by Vicki Lee Johnson and members were directed to the Atwood Association website for in-depth details. Vicki thanked Troy Lindley for taking the minutes at the last meeting during her absence. A motion to accept as read was made by Gloria Combs with a second by Kevin Johnson. Motion carried.

 

Treasurer Report

Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:

 

 

Checking Account

 

Beginning Balance as of 5/31/2014                                                                     $  680.62

           

Deposits:

6/12/14           State of Indiana                                                                                $5,688.76

7/25/14           Transfer from Savings                                                                    $2,000.00

 

Total Deposits                                                                                                           $7,688.76

           

 

Withdrawals:

7/24/14           Aquatic Enhancement (Shoreline)                                                          $1,271.00

7/24/14           State Farm Insurance                                                                     $   797.00

 

Total Withdrawals                                                                                                    $2,068.00

 

Checking Balance as of as of 8/16/14                                                                 $ 6,301.38

 

 

Savings Account

 

Beginning Balance as of 5 /31/14                                                                                    $28,301.41

 

            Deposits:      

This Period    Interest (May-June-July)                                                                 $       0.81

5/6/14             Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $1,229.00

5/17/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $1,192.00

6/09/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $1,360.00

6/16/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $2,350.00

7/25/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $    430.00

                                   

Total Deposits                                                                                                           $6,561.81

           

Withdrawals:

7/25/14           Transfer to Checking                                                                      $ 2,000.00

           

 

Balance as of 8/16/14                                                                                             $32,863.22

 

 

 

 


 

Checking Account used for Noble County Disposal

 

 

Beginning Balance 5/31/14                                                                                               $ 3,008.40                

Deposits:

6/9/14                                                                                                                         $488.50

6/19/14                                                                                                                       $  91.99

7/25/14                                                                                                                       $107.00

 

Total Deposits                                                                                                           $687.49

           

withdrawals:

6/16/14                                                                                                                       $612.00

7/14/14                                                                                                                       $653.25

                                   

Total Withdrawals                                                                                                    $1,265.25

 

 

Ending Balance as of 8/16/14                                                                               $2,430.64

 

As part of the Treasurer’s report, Sandy Funk stated that the Association’s policy requiring those participating in trash collection to pay in 3-month increments is working well.

 

Michelle Mulhern motioned to accept as read with a second by Kevin Johnson. Motion carried.

 

Association Insurance

Discussion took place regarding the association’s liability insurance used to cover activities and events. Kevin Johnson and Mike Fink provided information on the current policy that costs $797.00 per year and the reason for the coverage. It was decided that the topic of liability insurance should be place on the agenda for the spring meeting to further discuss the potential need for a policy and options.


 

 

Election of Association Secretary

Vicki Lee Johnson’s term as Secretary ended.  The floor was opened for nominations and Kevin Johnson along with several others present nomination Michelle Mulhern as our new Secretary. She agreed to take on the responsibility for a 3-year term. There was a second from Gloria Combs and everyone in the room said “YES”!  Welcome Michelle as our new Secretary and thank you!

 

Sandy Funk stated that she was giving consideration to leaving her position as Treasurer to allow her more time to help her son with his new business. It was suggested that a review of Sandy Funk’s and Troy Lindley’s current term limits be made to ensure timely re-election and/or that the positions remain filled should either individual decide not to seek re-election.

 

Atwood Lake 2014 Aquatic Vegetation Plan - Update

Kevin Johnson gave a Weed Control Report. During a recent check of the lake, Scott Banfield - Aquatics Enhancement determined that no Eurasian milfoil was found. The DNR has completed a check of the lake as well with the same findings. It looks like the spring application (applied 4/28/014) was successful and a second late summer application of liquid 2,4-D was not needed. This last winter with heavy snow and ice is believed to have helped to reduce the weed’s growing cycle as well.

 

The DNR requests lakes to sit out of the LARE Program every 5 years. Due to Atwood’s participation in a test application process, this year was our 7th year to receive funding for weed control.

 

For 2015, Scott Banfield is recommending that we sit out and not request LARE weed funding for the season. This would be our Option #1. A secondary option would be to spot treat 5 acres or so of the lake. It would be a spring treatment only.

Some concern was expressed about a larger amount of Illinois Pond weed. This is a native species and the DNR will not let us treat it. With the elimination of the Eurasian milfoil, it is believed that the Illinois Pond weed may have filled in the areas opened up by the removal of the Eurasian milfoil.

 

There was general discussion on the DNR application process, when treatments are generally applied during the spring and summer along with how much a potential spot treatment might cost. The cost for the secondary spot treatment option was estimated at several thousand dollars but would need to be better defined and dollars confirmed.

 

Sitting out would put Atwood in a better position to receive future requests for DNR funding. Receiving a weed permit without State funding is still considered sitting out by the DNR so a spot treatment would still be considered sitting out for the 2015 year if the Association paid for the treatment out of our own pocket rather than requesting DNR funds.

The weed treatment permit application and November DNR meeting date was discussed.

 

Don Creigh motioned to sit out 2015 DNR LARE Program funding with a second by Mike Fink. Motion carried.

 

Update:  During the November meeting with the DNR, it was suggested that we go ahead and apply for the LARE funding, but for limited application on an as needed basis.  The application to LARE and DNR was made for 5 acres of Milfoil and 10 acres of curlyleaf pondweed.  This compares to 2014 of 18 acres of Milfoil, 10 acres of curlyleaf pondweed and 10 acres of milfoil retreatment.  This approach is considered to be a “slowdown” of previous years.  The total estimated cost is $10,900 which includes $3,900 for planning and surveys compared to last year’s estimates of close to $20,000.

 

 

Weed Dues

What should we do with weed dues if we sit out 2015? Currently, the dues are $150 to be paid in January but payments are received throughout the year. Weed dues are fully voluntary with no enforceable option for non-payment / non-participation.  There was discussion on if the weed dues were not collected in 2015, what financial impact would it have? Are enough weed dues collected in one year to cover a spot treatment of several thousand dollars or should payment be made from association reserves?

 

Sandy Funk was asked to provide past weed dues payment information and communicate the information via the web by the end of January (# of individuals electing to pay, if payments were the full recommended amount or partial payment, # of individuals paying for shoreline treatments, etc.). This will help the board make a decision on weed dues for the upcoming 2015 year.

 

Update:  Sandy provided the following information for 2014.

Out of         113 properties listed

 

                     68        paid the $20 dues

 

                     47        paid     $150 for Weed Control

                       1        paid     $  50         "

                       1       paid      $  60         "

                       1       paid      $  80

                       1       paid      $  100

 

So 68 paid Dues and 51 paid some amount for weed control.

 

 

Concerns about blue-green algae, the lack of water flow in the channel area and more weed growth from the fertilizer from area farms was mentioned. Mimi talked about the current water testing program that Atwood participates in as it already tests for a precursor for blue-green algae. The question was asked if there are other water testing programs we can pay for to see if there is anything harmful in the lake that is promoting weed growth. Also, is there water shed program, etc. that we would volunteer for that would help prevent weeds? Mimi offered to ask her contact about additional options.

 

Goose Round-Up

A brief overview of the June goose round up was provided. The weather was good and all went as planned. There were a total of 36 geese relocated (8 adults & 28 children). One lone male goose escaped the round-up crew and stayed on the lake for the season.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Community Activities

Luminaries. A big thank you was given to Julie Mack and Dee Carper for their hard work on the Luminaries again this year. Luminary sales were down for the year and orders were picked up at the meeting.

 

Fundraising.  Additional discussion surrounded new fundraising thoughts along with where to hold more events that provide the opportunity for residents to socialize. Fundraisers are helpful in receiving LARE Grants. This year’s pulled Pork fundraiser was cancelled due to lack of parking and safe access from the road. Anyone with fundraising ideas should contact Gloria or Michelle. Several options discussed were:

·         Ice cream cards – Sell the card for $5 and supporting stores advertising on the card provide discounts such as buy one / get one free. Selling cards in the spring for use over the summer would be optimal.

·         Fall packages of tulips and daffodil sales.

·         Possible calendar with old pictures of the lake mixed with the history of the lake.

·         Reorganize the Pulled Pork Fundraiser and hold it at the campground better access and expanded community participation.

·         Garage Sale options. Is anyone interested in the event in the future? There has been little table participation and not much money raised for all of the effort involved.

·         Bird feeders – two feeders were made and donated by Ora Schrock to be raffled off at the meeting. Tickets were $5 each and lots of individuals participated by buying several tickets each. A silent auction idea for next spring was mentioned as a possibility.  Pictures could be placed online and bids taken with all funds going to the association.

 

Everyone was asked to encourage volunteerism and talk to their neighbors about the association, for fundraising ideas and overall participation in lake activities. Coody Brown’s owner has a seasonal place at the campground and is willing to help the association expand communications with the park and campers.

 

NIPSO Gas

Progress was discussed on NIPSO’s installation of the gas line around the lake. The more people that sign up, the greater the odds they will come to all areas around the lake and the sooner it will happen. A phone # and where to inquire about NIPSO service will be placed on the association website as a resource for everyone interested.

 

Next Meeting

Those attending liked Coody Brown’s as the meeting venue. It was decided that we will continue to hold meetings at this location.

 

 Meeting dates must be determined based on Coody Brown’s availability. – Notification will be provided by email and website.

 

Motion to adjourn at 10:17 am. Motion unanimously passed.

 

 

Minutes submitted for approval by: Vicki Lee Johnson - Secretary.xt, images, and other content

Association Meeting Minutes Spring 2014

Meeting called to order on 31st of May 2014 at 9:02 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President.

Welcome New Atwood Home Owners
            Jim and Linda Miller
            Gene and Marsha Cantwell
            Thomas and Elizabeth

Introduction of the Association Reps and Officers followed:
·         Larry Weaver, North Side
·         Ray Kissner, East Shore
·         Gloria Combs, South Beach
·         Rhonda Fink, West Shore
·         Mimi Paulus, LCLC Atwood Lake Steward
·         Troy Lindley, Vice President
·         Kevin Johnson, President
·         Sandra Funk, Treasurer
·         Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary (not present)

Secretary Report

An overview of the August 2013 minutes were read by Kevin Johnson and members were directed to the Atwood Association website for in-depth details and copies of handouts. A motion to accept as read was made by Daryl Sawmiller with a second by Rhonda Fink. Motion carried.

Treasurer Report
Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:

Checking Account
Beginning Balance                         8/25/2013                                                      $9,570.01
Deposits:
4/11/14           State of Indiana                                                                                $3,200.00
                        Total Deposits                                                                                   $3,200.00
Withdrawls:
8/26/13           State Farm Insurance                                                                        $  797.00
8/26/13           Luminaries Expenses (Julie)                                                              $      9.96
8/26/14           Lunimaries Expenses (Anne)                                                            $     28.98
10/8/13           Sam’s Club Pulled Pork Expense                                                       $   142.50

3/20/14           Aquatic Enhancement & Survey                                                  $4,000.00

5/21/14           Aquatic Enhancement & Survey                                                  $7,110.95

 

Total Withdrawls                                                                                                      $12,089.39

 (Note: May be reimbursed $5,686.76 from LARE))

Checking Balance as of 5/31/14                                                                           $   680.62
Savings Account

Beginning Balance 8/25/13                                                                                 $23,235.54

            Deposits:      

This Period    Interest 8/31/13 – 4/30/14                                                               $       1.87

8/26/13           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $   328.00

8/26/13           Pulled Pork Event                                                                            $   846.00

9/3/13             Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $   360.00

9/3/13             Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $   170.00

10/15/13         Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $   290.00

4/8/14             Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $   250.00

4/28/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $1,380.00

4/28/14           Dues/Weeds                                                                                     $1,440.00

Total Deposits                                                                                                           $5,065.87

Withdrawls: None   
Balance as of 5/31/14                                                                                             $28,301.41

 
Checking Account used for Noble County Disposal

Beginning Balance 8/25/13                                                                                     $ 1,460.46

Deposits:
August 26, 2013                                                                                                       $   254.25
September 2013                                                                                                       $   509.91
October 2013                                                                                                            $   287.65     November 2013                                                                                                        $   931.09
December 2013                                                                                                        $   512.90
January 2014                                                                                                           $1,018.00
February 2014                                                                                                          $   279.00
March 2014                                                                                                               $   209.00
April 2014                                                                                                                  $1,808.49
May 2014                                                                                                                   $   190.00

Total Deposits                                                                                                           $6,000.29

Withdrawls:
September 2013                                                                                                       $  685.00
October 2013                                                                                                            $  682.25
November 2013                                                                                                        $  551.25
December 2013                                                                                                        $  493.60
January 2014                                                                                                           $  430.00
February 2014                                                                                                          $  0
March 2014                                                                                                               $  405.00
April 2014                                                                                                                  $  766.50
May 2014                                                                                                                   $  438.75

Total Withdrawls                                                                                                      $4,452.35

Ending Balance 5/31/14                                                                                         $3,008.40
Gina Sawmiller motioned to accept as read with a second by Gloria Combs. Motion carried.

 
Atwood Lake 2014 Aquatic Vegetation Plan

Guest speaker, Scott Banfield, spoke on Aquatics Enhancement and Survey.  There are to be two applications; one in the spring and another late summer. The concern is non-native invasive species specifically curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil. The cost is $10,875 (applied 4/28/2014). Shoreline weed kill with be in June. The exact application times will be dependent on weather conditions.  The aquatic treatment is for Eurasian Milfoil (18.2 acres with liquid 2,4-D/5 ft. average depth, 2 ppm treated 4/23/13). Scott shared bottled samples of both species with the group, so members could identify the species and handed out a survey to each household. We may be able to take seasons off. They will evaluate in the fall and make a proposal. See DNR link on our association website for more information. The results of the survey will also appear on our website.

Floodplain Information – Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson summarized the meeting he attended in LaGrange County concerning new floodplain mapping done by Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA.) Bob Shanahan, Planning and Zoning Administrator of LaGrange County Planning Commission spoke to the group. He said that all residents with mortgages on lakes, rivers and streams may now be required by their mortgage companies to buy flood insurance based on a new map created by FEMA. Many residents have already received notifications from their mortgage holders. Anyone who receives the notice is welcome to contact him or Rick Pranger, County surveyor to see if they can help.

If the lowest corner of the house is lower than the 100 year floor level, you may be required to get the insurance. According to Shanahan, the INDNR current 100 year lake level for Atwood Lake is 902.2 feet. It is possible to get an Elevation Certificate then have Bob or Rick help you get a letter of Map Amendment. Attached decks and any structure that is 200 sq. ft. or more are considered residence.
 

Goose Round-Up Planning

Scott Smith will be leading this year’s good round up. Mike and Rhonda Fink will be providing the trailer and Scott and Trisha have the fencing. Kevin has procured the permit from the DNR. The date will be June 14, 2014 @ 8:00 a.m.  We will meet at the campground. Kayakers will meet at the center of the lake.


Fourth of July Flotilla

We will meet on the west side of the lake Saturday July 5th at 2 pm. Grand Marshall will be Randy Houser. Let’s have fun, but be safe!.
 

NEW BUSINESS:

“Big Red Barn”

We will no longer be using Matt Lordier’s “Big Red Barn” for our association meetings or for fund raisers.  Matt has offered up his home for the last 17 years, but the insurance is just too costly to continue to be the host. Thank you Matt for all you have done.  We really appreciate it!.

Coody Browns is available for a $25 donation that includes hot coffee and water. This will be a better meeting place for those who couldn’t climb the stairs in the barn, too. Troy Lindley will modify and print new meeting place signs to reflect the new location. Brief discussions were had on alternative meeting places for any fund raisers.


Community Activities

Luminaries will again be held Labor Day. Julie Mack will be heading this up. Information will be forth coming on all additional activities as the dates get closer. Additional discussion surrounded new fundraising thoughts along with where to hold more events that provide the opportunity for residents to socialize, like a progressive meal or picnic. Anyone with ideas should contact Gloria or Michelle.

Election of Association President

Kevin Johnson’s term as president ended.  Multiple nominations were made for Rhonda Fink as our new president. She agreed to take on the responsibility for a 3 year term.  There was a second from EVERYONE in the room! Thank you for doing such a great job, Kevin. Welcome Rhonda as our new president. As Rhonda is currently the west side representative, Gina Sawmiller was nominated and accepted the position. Thanks Gina!

 
Cottage Keepers of Indiana

Daryl and Gina Sawmiller spoke to the group about a new business they have started called Cottage Keepers of Indiana. The business includes everything from seasonal lake house services, building and contracting services to a cottage exchange program.  For more information go to www.cottagekeepersindiana.com


Next Meeting:

August 23, 2014

 

Motion to adjourn at 10:30 am. Motion unanimously passed.


Minutes submitted for approval by: Troy Lindley, Vice President. add text, images, and other content

Spring 2013 Meeting

Meeting called to order on 1st of June 2013 at: 9:01 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President.
Welcome New Atwood Home Owners
David Troyer – East side
Mike Burrough – East side
Matt & Holli Adams – East side
Scott Meyer – North side
Linda & Gregg Wattier – West side
Introduction of the Association Directors and Officers followed:
• Larry Weaver, North Side
• Bonnie Macy, West Side
• Ray Kissner, East Side
• Gloria Combs, South Beach
• Mimi Paulus, LCLC Atwood Lake Steward
• Kevin Johnson, President
• Matt Lordier, Vice-President
• Sandra Funk, Treasurer.
• Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

Secretary Report
The August 2012 meeting minutes were read by Vicki Johnson. A motion to accept as read was made by Pam Nicholas and with a second by Gloria Combs. Motion carried.

Treasurer Report
Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:
Checking Account
Beginning Balance 8/25/12 $ 698.42

Deposits:
This and That Sale $ 111.50
State of Indiana (Weed Control) $ 1,660.00
Misc. Deposits (Dues/Weeds) $ 160.00
State of Indiana (Weed Control) $ 1,840.00
Transfer from Savings $ 2,500.00
Transfer from Savings $10,920.00
Total Deposits $17,191.50

Withdrawals:
Luminaries Expenses $ 19.78
Pulled Pork Expenses $ 214.17
Aquatic Enhancement (Lake Weed Control) $ 2,075.00
Aquatic Enhancement (Lake Weed Control) $ 2,300.00
Aquatic Enhancement (Lake Weed Control) $10,920.00
LaGrange County Lake Council Dues $ 50.00
Total Withdrawals $15,578.95

Checking Balance as of 6/01/13 $ 2,310.97

Savings Account
Beginning Balance 8/25/2012 $23,957.71

Deposits:
Income from Luminaries $ 487.00
Income from Pulled Pork Event $1,141.00
Interest $ 2.38
Lake Dues/Weeds $8,246.00
Total Deposits $ 9,876.38

Withdrawals:
To Checking (for Weed Control) $ 13,420.00
Total Withdrawals $ 13,420.00
Savings Balance as of 6/01/2013 $20,414.09
Mike Fink motioned to accept as read with a second by Gloria Combs. Motion carried unanimously.

Water Quality Testing Program – Mimi Paulus
Mimi reported on the LaGrange County Lakes Council LARE Grant water quality testing activity on Atwood. At the fall association meeting, she volunteered to take water samples on the lake and received training at the 2012 Fall Forum. On the 4th Thursday of each month from June 2013 through October 2013, Mimi takes water samples and delivers them to LaGrange. The samples are submitted for water content and purity testing.
The objective of the project is to document water quality data, identify trends and share the information with various agencies including testing for blue/green algae that has been detected in other northern Indiana lakes.
When findings become public, the association will make sure they are shared with everyone. Thanks Mimi!

Weed Control Update – Matt Lordier
A DNR/LARE Grant was approved for treatment of the foreign Eurasian Milfoil. It includes 1 early spring treatment and 1 summer follow up treatment for a cost of $10,920. This is exciting news as 2013 was to be the lake’s “sit-out” non-eligible year of the funding cycle. It’s believed that the DNR is using our lake as a testing ground or “model” to document the effectiveness of our weed treatment program.
Much time, energy and effort was made by Scott Banfield of Aquatic Lakes Enhancement and Matt for the success of the project. Everyone expressed their appreciation! Matt stated that the DNR takes into account association activities as part of their decision-making process. Homeowners’ volunteerism, fundraising, and participation efforts in association events played an important role and made a positive impact on the approval process.

Last year, the Curly-Leaf Pondweed, native to the lake, was not killed in an application using the liquid 2, 4-D. It grew to take up the space left by the Asian Milfoil. Also during the summer, the Sago Pondweed grew out of control “clogging” the lake.
Curly Leaf Pondweed has an established lifecycle and a specific time that it can be effectively treated. Homeowners can treat no more than 625 sq. ft. in 6 ft. or less depth, and not more than 25 ft. of Lake Frontage, on their own. Please refer to Indiana Laws; individuals can call Fawn River at 829-6421 for more detailed exact information. (ref: IC 14-22-9-10 Control of aquatic vegetation).
a. Note: It was strongly suggested that individuals post a notice when treating to alert their neighbors. Grass water restrictions may also apply.
A treatment coverage map was shown that displayed treatment coverage as of April 23rd. A review of the early spring weed application was given. Matt states that it looks good and the water level is up. At this time, we believe that most of the Asian Milfoil appears to have been killed. The severity of last winter’s weather, along with the natural weed cycle, will impact how much additional weed growth will occur over the remainder of the summer season.
Extended discussion occurred about ways to communicate the need for participation in the Association and Weed Control Program.

Committee Reports
1. Goose Round-Up – Alan Talmage.
It was reported that numerous geese and babies have been seen on the lake and in the campground.
a. Date: June 22, 2013
b. Meet at the campground @ 7:00 am
i. set up the trailer and lake fencing
ii. herd geese from the campground ponds to the lake
c. Boaters: begin herding the geese on the lake at 7:30 am. Small boats, canoes and paddle boards are needed to herd the geese. A few pontoons are needed to cruse the lake to make sure all geese are found that none missed in the herding process.
d. Ready to load geese into trailer at 8:00 am
Mike and Ronda Fink volunteered their livestock trailer to use in the Goose Roundup. Alan will continue to supply the fencing, stakes and experience to set-up the “goose corral”.
2. Fourth of July Flotilla – Randy Houser, Grand Marshall
a. Date: July 6, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
b. Meet on the water on the west side as Randy leads us out to circle the lake
3. Fund Raising Committee – Co-Chairs Gloria Combs and Michele Mulhern.
a. Garage Sale - June 29th 8 am - 2:30 pm at Michele Mulhern's
i. Charge of Tables 15.00 - bring your own table they are not supplied.
ii. Donation table. – if you would like to donate items to sell with all proceeds going to the Lake Association, please drop items off already priced to Gloria or Michele.
iii. Large items needing picked up – contact Gloria.
iv. Parking available on the lot next to Michele. Thank you Alan!
b. LIGHT YOUR LAWN - Evening of July 6th
i. 9:15 pm – Judging will take place around the lake by mystery judges. The judges will take several trips around the lake after dusk. Prizes will be given.
ii. Be sure to cruse the lake to check out the pretty lights!
c. Game Night and Cookout - July 20th on the West side. Mike and Rhonda Fink and others from the West side will be sponsoring.
i. Additional information will be forthcoming on all activities as the date moves closer.
d. Fund Raiser Meal - August 24th following the fall meeting of the Lake Association.
i. Details being worked through
e. Luminaries - Julie Mack, Labor Day.
i. Order forms will be distributed closer to the date.
ii. Luminaries can be picked up at the fall August 24th Association Meeting
4. Looking for Volunteers
a. East side – looking for a volunteer from the east side to join the committee.
b. If anyone can think of additional fund raising ideas, please contact our Co-Chairs Michelle or Gloria.
c. Please consider volunteering to help at various events
Fantastic Job by the Chairs and their group! What a great place Atwood Lake is and its people! The committee stated that the more individuals that help to share in the workload, the more everyone can enjoy the lake. No one wants to spend lots of time working on fundraisers. It’s better instead to be relaxing at the lake. The goal is to make each event FUN…

Trash Update
Cost has gone up by $1 per month. Sandy needs to keep track of what to pay and when so please remember if you are taking advantage of the Association discount on trash collection, to notify both Sandy and Noble County Disposal when you want your trash collection to start and stop.
a. The Association pays Noble County Disposal and homeowners reimburse us.
a. Delinquent payments – All efforts to collect are made and service discontinued when payment is not received.
i. Association will not reinstate a delinquent paying homeowner into the program. They lose the discount and must work directly with the disposal company.
ii. Efforts such as small claims collection, liens will be used to collect payment on behalf of the Association
iii. If delayed or non-payment continues, considerations for prepayment requirements will be presented to the membership for consideration
b. Joe Bowditch asked to have the Trash account included in the Treasurer’s Report.
Information on the recycling program was reviewed. We must have at least 25 participants to qualify and we currently do not have enough individuals to begin a program. The cost would be approx. $6 per quarter extra should our membership change. For those interested in recycling on their own, it was discussed that Topeka, LaGrange and Rome City have recycling drop-off locations.

New Business
1. Fish Kill – It was mentioned that north side residents have fish floating on their shore and no one has an answer.
a. Randy Houser asked Matt Lordier to check with Scott Banfield if he known or was aware of any other lakes experiencing this. Matt stated that he would.
b. No formal motions were made on the topic

Don and Pam Nicholas complimented the Board on their work and continuing efforts on behalf of the membership.

Motion to adjourn at 10:05 am by Matt Lordier, seconded by Pam Nicholas. Motion unanimously passed.

Minutes submitted for approval by: Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary

 

 Fall 2012 Meeting

Meeting called to order on 25th of August 2012 at: 9:02 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President. 

 Guest Speaker

One guest speaker was announced.  Due to other commitments, Scott Banfield of Aquatic Lakes Enhancement they required the floor to present and then to leave before the meeting was scheduled to adjourn. 

a.      A review of the spring weed treatment application was given. 

b.      It was stated that the Asian Milfoil was killed.  While the early application offered a more selective and complete treatment, the mild winter weather this year along with the natural weed cycle allowed for less winter weed kill and early weed growth heavier in the season.

c.       The Curly-Leaf Pondweed was not killed using the liquid 2, 4-D in April and grew to take up the space left by the Asian Milfoil.  In the past, using “Reward” (diquate) was more effective at also killing the Curly-Leaf as well as the Milfoil; however, the Milfoil came back later in the summer.  The DNR / Lare only approved the permit / funding to see if the liquid 2, 4-D is more effective at keeping the Milfoil down all summer long and it was effective.  Only one acre was required for re-treatment this summer.  Remember, Curly-Leaf is native to the lake.  During the summer the Sago Pondweed grew out of control.  Scott also commented that we have Illinois Pondweed as well.  This is the primary weed that is visible above the water level now.   

d.      Up to 16 acre follow up treatment was budgeted by the Lare grant but only 1 acre was necessary. Again, this treatment plan was successful at treating the invasive foreign Eurasian Milfoil.

e.      26 private lake front lots were treated.  Additional property owner options are to treat no more than 625 sq. ft. in 6 ft. or less depth, and not more than 25 ft. of Lake Frontage, on their own.  Please refer to Indiana Laws; individuals can call Fawn River at 829-6421 for more detailed exact information.  (ref: IC 14-22-9-10 Control of aquatic vegetation).  It was strongly suggested that individuals post a notice when treating to alert their neighbors.  Grass water restrictions may also apply.

f.        Summary:

     i.      18 Acres were treated under a Lare Grant for Milfoil with up to 18 additional acres funded in late summer.

1.      Program was very successful at treating Milfoil and only 1 acre had to be re-treated.

    ii.      Sago Pondweed grew wild this year “clogging” the lake and reducing the possibility of Lake Owner enjoyment.

    iii.      Scott suggested a couple of options for next year.  One option included a similar treatment in early spring for the Milfoil with the possibly of Lare Funding @$325 per acre.  Then, later in the spring, apply a different application to knock down some of the Pondweed, approx. 10 acres at $500 per acre.  We believe that Lare will not fund chemically treating native plants like pondweed; however we may be able to get a permit from the DNR if we as an Association fund it ourselves.  They will not let us kill all of the pondweed (whole lake kill), but maybe we can get enough of it out to effectively use the lake.  Treatment should be completed in May or early June for maximum lake use.

     iv.      A motion was made by Cary Sloan and seconded by Jim Soest to fund the Weed Committee at $14,000 for next year with Matt Lordier as Chair.  Motion carried unanimously.

      v.      Knowing that $14,000 is half of our Association funds, a motion was made by Pam Nicholas and seconded by Michele Mulhern to increase the Whole Lake Weed Dues from $50 to $150 for next year, keeping the Membership Dues at $20.  Motion carried unanimously.  Noting that any amount would be accepted for the Whole Lake Treatment Fund.  Funds will be accepted in increments as well.  Anyone can contribute to the Whole Lake Weed Fund at any time, such as $50 now, $50 in fall and $50 in winter.

    vi.      Extended discussion occurred about ways to communicate the need for participation in the Association and Weed Control Program.  An appeal letter was suggested with wide spread distribution to include the Campground.

 

Introduction of the Association Directors and Officers followed:

·         Larry Weaver, North Side

·         Bonnie Macy, West Side

·         Ray Kissner, East Side

·         Gloria Combs, South Beach

·         Kevin Johnson, President

·         Matt Lordier, Vice-President

·         Sandra Funk, Treasurer.

·         Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

 

A reminder was given regarding an individual’s ability to address the group and vote at the Association meetings.  They must be a member in good standing.

 Secretary Report

The June 2012 meeting minutes were read by Vicki Johnson.  A motion to accept as read was made by Ray Kissner and with a second by Janet Overly.  Motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer Report

Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:

Checking Account

Beginning Balance                                               6/2/2012                                                                               $ 4,518.79

 

                                Deposits:

 

Department of Natural Resources                                                    $ 5,400.00

(Lake Weed Control)

                                                                Total Deposits                                                                       $   5,400.00

 

                Withdrawals:       

Refund for Member paying dues twice                           $      70.00

Aquatic Enhancement         (Lake Weed Control)           $ 6,750.00

Aquatic Enhancement (Shoreline Weeds)                      $ 1,500.00

Supplies for 2012 Luminaries                                            $    236.37

State Farm Insurance                                                          $    664.00

 

                                                                                                Total Withdrawals                                $   9,220.37

 

 

Checking Balance as of 8/25/2012                                         $       698.42

 

 Savings Account

 

Beginning Balance                                               6/2/2012                                                                               $23,427.13

 

                                Deposits

Interest                                                                                   $           .58

Lake Dues                                                                                $     530.00           

               

                                                                                                                Total Deposits                                       $     530.58

Withdrawals:

                None                                     

 

                                                                                                                Total Withdrawals                                $          0.00

 

Savings Balance as of 8/25/2012                                          $23,957.71

 

Pam Nicholas motioned to accept as read, Janet Overly 2nd the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Trash Start and Stop

Remember if you are taking advantage of the Association discount on trash collection, to notify both Sandy and Noble County Disposal when you want your trash collection to start and stop.  Sandy needs to keep track of what to pay and when.  If you are not taking advantage of this program, you are paying too much!! Contact Sandy right away and get the details on the Association discount.

 

Information was given that there is an option to participate in a recycle program.  We must have at least 25 participants to qualify and it would be approx. $6 per quarter extra.

 

Committee Reports

1.      Goose Round-Up – Alan Talmage.  

a.      No one has seen any babies and the round-up was cancelled.

2.      Fourth of July Flotilla – Randy Houser

a.      A good time was had by all!

3.      Weed Control – Matt Lordier

a.      See guest speaker, Scott Banfield.

4.      Fund Raising Committee – Co-Chairs Gloria Combs and Michele Mulhern.

a.      Pulled Pork Meal was a success profiting over $700!

b.      Luminaries as of the date of the meeting have profited over $200!

c.       This and That Sale scheduled for September 1st.  Alan Talmage will allow parking in the lot next to Michele’s.  Thanks Alan!  Table space is $15.  You must bring your own table. 

d.      Pam Nicholas may work on an 18 month Atwood Calendar for sale with pictures of the lake and proceeds to the Association.  Stay tuned! More information to follow.

e.      If anyone can think of any other fund raising ideas, please contact our Co-Chairs Michelle or Gloria.

f.        Fantastic Job by the Chairs and their group!  What a great place Atwood Lake is and its people!


New Business

1.      Kevin Johnson reported that the LaGrange County Lakes Council was granted Lare funds for a water quality testing program.  They are looking for a volunteer from each lake to take the monthly water samples.  Training will be provided to volunteers at the Fall Forum on October 27th.  Mimi Paulus volunteered for the position. The LaGrange County Lakes Administrator will contact Mimi soon.  Thanks Mimi!

 

2.      Kevin also stated that we are the only Association without Liability insurance based on a survey posed at the LaGrange County Lakes Council Meeting.  Cary Sloan made a motion to allow Kevin to acquire liability insurance for the Association.  This year’s cost is $664 from State Farm Insurance for a 1 million dollar policy.  Kevin stated he would like to contact someone from within the Association or at least a local agent to handle our insurance for future years.  The motion was seconded by Gloria Combs and unanimously passed.

 

3.      Janet Overly complimented the Board on their work and continuing efforts on behalf of the membership.


Motion to adjourn at 10:35 am by Alan Talmage, seconded by Don Farrer. Motion unanimously passed.

 

Minutes submitted for approval by: Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

Spring 2012 Meeting

Meeting called to order on 2nd of June 2012 at: 9:00 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President.  Introduction of the Association Directors and Officers followed:

·         Larry Weaver, North Side

·         Bonnie Macy, West Side

·         Ray Kissner, East Side

·         Gloria Combs, South Beach

·         Kevin Johnson, President

·         Matt Lordier, Vice-President

·         Sandra Funk, Treasurer.

·         Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

 

Guest Speakers

Two guest speakers were announced.  Due to other commitments, they required the floor to present and then to leave before the meeting was scheduled to adjourn. 

1.      Leslie Raymer, LaGrange County Lakes Counsel

The roll of the Northern Indiana Lakes Counsel was discussed and a slide presentation given on the LaGrange County water shed which included information on water quality.  Specifics on Atwood water testing was provided along with actions that land owners could take to preserve the future of our water quality.  Detailed information will be posted on Attwoodlakeassociation.com

2.      Scott Banfield, Aquatic Lakes Enhancement

a.      A review of the spring weed treatment application was given. 

b.      It was stated that the Asian Milfoil was killed.  While the early application offered a more selective and complete treatment, the mild winter weather this year along with the natural weed cycle allowed for less winter weed kill and early weed growth heavier in the season.

c.       The Curly-Leaf Pondweed was not killed using the liquid 2, 4-D in April and grew to take up the space left by the Asian Milfoil.  In the past,  using “Reward” (diquate) was more effective at also killing the Curly-Leaf as well as the Milfoil; however, the Milfoil came back later in the summer.  The DNR / LARE only approved the permit / funding to see if the liquid 2, 4-D is more effective at keeping the Milfoil down all summer long.  Remember, Curly-Leaf is native to the lake.  The Curly-Leaf will naturally die off in July. 

d.      A plant survey over the next 3 – 4 weeks will generate data to see the full response to the spring treatment.

e.      Up to 16 acre follow up treatment may occur later in the year if necessary.

f.        A survey was distributed to each household present at the meeting that allowed individuals to give feedback on how they felt the weed treatment supported or did not support their desired use of lake waters.

g.      26 private lake front lots were treated.  Additional property owner options are to treat up to 625 sq. ft., or not more than half of their lake frontage, on their own.  Please refer to Indiana Laws; individuals can call Fawn River at 829-6421 for more information.

 

A reminder was given regarding an individual’s ability to address the group and vote at the Association meetings.  They must be a member in good standing.

  Secretary Report

The August 25, 2011 meeting minutes were read by Vicki Johnson.  A motion to accept as read was made by Alan Talmage and with a second by Michele Mulhern.  Motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer Report

Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:

 Checking Account

Beginning Balance                                  8/26/2011                                                                               $ 4,151.79

                                Deposits:

Misc. Deposits                                                        $  519.00                                

(early payment for dues, weeds)

                                                                                                Total Deposits                         $     519.00

                Withdrawals:         

LaGrange County Lake Council Dues                                                      $      25.00

Department of Natural Resources for                                                  

Application for Aquatic Control Permit                                                  $        5.00

Stamps and Paper Supplies                                                                    $      53.15

Checks from Farmers State Bank                                                           $      18.85

Refund for Weeds Payment A.L.                                                            $      50.00

                                                                                                Total Withdrawals                  $   152.00

 

Checking Balance as of 6/02/2012                                                                                       $ 4,518.79

 

 Savings Account

 

Beginning Balance                                  8/26/2011                                                                               $16,132.14

 

                                Deposits

Aug. 26, 2011 through April 30, 2012 Interest                       $        3.99

Lake Dues and Weed Control                                                 $ 6,345.00

Luminaries Spinners, Shirts                                                    $ 1,126.00

                                                                                                                Total Deposits                         $  7,474.99

Withdrawals:

                Transferred to Checking to pay for rest of

                Weed Control for 2011.                                                  $   180.00              

 

                                                                                                                Total Withdrawals                  $    180.00

 

Savings Balance as of 6/02/2012                                                                                                          $23,427.13

(a payment of $1,350.00 still to be made for Weed Control 2012)

 Records show 119 properties: 72 paid association membership dues, 64 contributed to weed control efforts, 26 individuals paid for their shore line to be treated for weed control.

 Mike Fink motioned to accept as read, Gloria Combs 2nd the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Committee Reports

1.      Goose Round-Up – Alan Talmage.  

a.      Scheduled for June 16th at 8:00 am.

b.      No one has seen any babies and the group believed no round-up was necessary.  Final decision will be made just prior to June 16th.

2.      Fourth of July Flotilla – Randy Houser

a.      Scheduled for June 30th, 2 pm.

3.      Weed Control – Matt Lordier

a.      See guest speaker, Scott Banfield.

4.      Campground.

a.      Ray Kissner reported that he spoke with several campers and was able to collect $275 last fall for weed control.  Ray will contact campers again this year to discuss Associate Membership opportunities and opportunities to donate to the weed fund.

b.      Note: Owners of the Campground donated $100 for the lake weed fund!  We appreciate the Campground’s donation.

 

5.      A Fund Rising Committee was formed with Gloria Combs and Michele Mulhern as Co-Chairs.

 

Incorporation Status – Kevin D. Johnson

1.      The Association has been re-incorporated as Atwood Lake Community Association, Inc.  All necessary filings have been completed.  A book with instructions on the two annual filings has been created to remind us when and what has to be filed so we do not get dissolved again.  Bylaws need to be updated to reflect the new name.

Beaver Dams

1.       Several tree markings were noted and one sighting was stated.  No new action to be taken.

 New Business

 Kevin Johnson reported on attendance of the Fall Lake Forum.  He gave an overview of Lake property Tax value information received at the event.

 Ray Kissner complimented the Board on their work and continuing efforts on behalf of the membership.

 Ray introduced the idea to reimburse mileage to the Association President for attendance to the monthly meeting of the LaGrange County Lakes Council at 55 cents per mile.  The motion was made by Larry Weaver.  Seconded by Mike Fink.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Adjourned at:  10:47 am       

 Minutes submitted for approval by: Vicki Lee Johnson, Secret

Fall 2011 Meeting


Meeting called to order on 27 August 2011 at: 902 a.m. by Kevin Johnson, President.  Introduction of the Association Directors and Officers followed:

·         Larry Weaver, North Side

·         Bonnie Macy, West Side

·         Bonnie Macy, West Side

·         Ray Kissner, East Side

·         Gloria Combs, South Beach

·         Kevin Johnson, President

·         Matt Lordier, Vice-President

·         Sandra Funk, Treasurer.

·         Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

Secretary Report

The June 2011 meeting minutes were read by Vicki Johnson.  A motion to accept as read was made by Randy Houser and with a second by Ray Kissner 2nd.  Motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer Report

Sandy Funk read the Treasurer’s report as follows:

Checking Account

Beginning Balance                              6/04/2011                                                       $ 3,563.24

                        Deposits:

Pulled Pork Event                                  $ 1,126.01

Transfer from Savings to cover               $ 5,720.00

Weed Control                   

              Total Deposits                         $ 6,846.01

                 Withdrawals:  

Schwan Ice Cream Pulled Pork Expenses                         $      59.10

Matt Lordier Pulled Pork Expenses                                  $      19.95

Sandra Funk Pulled Pork Expenses                                   $    286.43

Stamps and Paper Supplies                                              $      87.21

Julie Mack Luminaries Expenses                                      $      84.77

Aquatic Lake Enhancement (Weeds)                                $ 5,720.00

              Total Withdrawals                  $ 6,257.46

 

Checking Balance as of 8/26/2011                                                  $ 4,151.79

  

Savings Account

Beginning Balance                              6/04/2011                                                       $17,498.67

 

                        Deposits

May 31,2011 through August 26, 2011 Interest                 $        1.47

Lake Dues and Weed Control                                             $ 4,352.00

                                                                                    Total Deposits                         $  4,353.47

Withdrawals:

To Checking for Aquatic Lake Enhancement (Weeds)  $ 5,720.00         

                                  Total Withdrawals                  $  5,720.00 

 

 Savings Balance as of 8/26/2011                                                      $16,132

 Pam Nicholas motioned to accept as read, Ray Kissner 2nd the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Committee Reports

1.      Goose Round-Up – Alan Talmage.  The round up was a success, safely                    relocating 25 geese to the Mongo Reserve.

 

 

a.  Special thanks given to Alan Talmage for his leadership.  He provided the “know how”, trailer, fencing, transported the geese, and cleaned up after. 

 

2.      Fourth of July Flotilla – Randy Houser

 

a.  This year had a good turn out and fun was had by all.

 

3.      Pulled Pork Fundraiser – Vicki Lee Johnson

 

a.   A great success this year and a wonderful show of volunteerism.  The fundraiser profited over $700.  Thanks again to all the volunteers and of course Matt and Kathy for the use of the barn!

 

4.      Luminaries Fundraiser – Julie Mack

 

a.  Julie and her South Shore comrades made over $400 profit!  Great job.  We can’t wait for dusk on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend to see the results.

 

5.      Directory Updates – Sandy Funk

 

a. Directories for 2011 distributed.  Thank you Sandy for pulling all the information together and thanks to Bruce Gulley of Kendallville Custom Printing for providing to members at no cost!

 

b. There was discussion that some residents want their phone numbers published in the directory.  This would be especially helpful if a neighbor would have to make contact should something happen to a nearby cottage.  Sandy will check with the printer to see if that would be a problem.  As an alternative, the Association could publish a list of property owners and their telephone numbers prior to release of the next formal directory.  Sandy to gather phone numbers at the end of the meeting to update the Association database.

 

6.      Weed Control – Matt Lordier

 

a.  An update was given on the effectiveness of the 2011 season treatment.  The Association chose the cheapest treatment that only had a short-term effect.

 

b.  Don Nicholas made a motion to create a committee, Chaired by Matt Lordier, to review the bids, select the best option for the lake, select the best time frame to execute the bid.  A not-to-exceed budget was given of $9,000 budget.  Gloria Combs 2nd the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  Don Nicholas and Delinda Swihart volunteered for the committee.   Per the By-Laws Kevin will act as an ex-officio member of the committee.

 

Election of Officers

The only open position is for Secretary.  Matt Lordier motioned to nominate Vicki Lee Johnson as Secretary, Gloria Combs 2nd the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  Vicki’s term will expire in August of 2014.

Incorporation Status

The members were notified that the Incorporation Status of the Association has been administratively dissolved.  Kevin is working the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Secretary of States office to get the Incorporate re-instated.

By-Laws Update

There was discussion regarding the proposed by-law changes dated 8-27-2011. One of the questions was regarding Article XI:

 

“ These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting by resolution, subject to the vote of the membership. The content of any proposed amendment must be mailed to the membership at least ten (10) days before the next regular or called meeting, which will consider the amendment.”

 

The question was does this article require a majority vote of the membership or a majority vote of the members at the meeting.  Gloria Combs made a motion, 2ndby Don Nicholas that the interpretation of “amended at an regular meeting” meant a majority vote of the membership present at the regular meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

Ted Kirschner made a motion, 2nd by Pam Nicholas to accept the proposed by-law amendments dated 8-27-2011 as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Beaver Dams

Alan Talmage reported that we were not having any current problems with Beavers.  No action necessary.

South Beach Second Annual Chili-Fest!

It was announced that the South Beach Second Annual Chili-Fest will be held on September 17th 5:00 pm.  Everyone is invited and donations accepted for the LaGrange County Animal Shelter.  Meet at Bill and Gloria Combs, 0365 E 745 S.

Raffle

Carol Woodiel donated a spiral, valued at $65, for a membership meeting raffle.  $83 was raised with a big thank you to Carol.

Campground

Ray Kissner volunteered to contact someone at the campgrounds to explain to them the benefits of donating for the weed fund.

Who Paid Dues to the Association?

It was suggested to reinstated the practice of listing all the names of members who have paid dues and donated to the weed fund.  This way all the people around the lake could see who donated to who does not.

Adjourned at:  10:17 am       

Minutes submitted for approval by: Vicki Lee Johnson, Secretary.

 

Spring Meeting June 4, 2011

Matt Lordier, Vice President, called the meeting to order 9:00 am. and introduced the following board positions:
    Northshore Rep: Larry Weaver
    East Shore: open
    South Shore: Gloria Combs
    West Shore: Bonnie Macy
    Treasurer: Sandy Funk
    Vice President: Matt Lordier
Looking for open positions:
    • President
    • Secretary
    • East Shoreline Rep

REVIEW LAST MEETING MINUTES
1st motion by Alan Talmage & 2nd motion by Carol Woodiel

WEED DISCUSSION
Guest speaker: Scott Banfield of Aquatic Lakes Enhancement
We have 10 - 12 species of water plants that are harmless and beneficial to lake life including fish. There are 2 species not native to this area and are invasive: Curly pond leaf & milfoil. Milfoil is the main problem of our lake this year and takes up approx. 25 acres. Three treatment suggestions: 
1. Full lake treatment with a herbicide solution. Usually lasts a couple of seasons. Will come back up after 3 or 4 seasons. $21,153.00 to treat - lasts approx 3 years. More cost effective but more up front money. Too late in the season for this option this year.
2. Granule treatment $400 per acre x 20 acres. This costs more if done every year. Only lasts 1 year. Does not take out curly leaf
3. Contact herbicide $330 per acre x 20 acres. Total $6600. Slight chance of regrowth in some areas. Also takes out curly leaf.

Matt will get a 2nd bid from Clark Aquatics (formally Weed Patrol).

If we don't do anything this year we will probably see a downturn in the lake quality in July. Late April / first of May is recommended for the Full Lake treatment. Another recommendation is to spot treat this year. 

Vote on above 3 options:
#1 - no votes
#2 - 3 votes
#3 - majority votes
Ted 1st motion, Don 2nd motion

The Treasurer's report was approved: Association Bank Balances:
    Checking Account balance     $3563.00
    Savings Account balance         $17,498.00
-It was motioned and voted that you are required to purchase shared lake weed     treatment to receive individual shoreline weed treatment.
-Geese Corral - June 18 at 9 am. The Johnsons will make the phone calls and coordinate. Alan Talmage will donate the use of his livestock trailer.
-Flotilla - Saturday, July 2 at 2 pm. Randy Houser will be the Parade Marshal. Line up at the northwest corner in front of his cottage.
-Pulled Pork Fundraiser will be held August 6, 2011    from 11 am - 2 pm at Matt Lordier's red barn on the north side. Vicki Johnson will set up a committee. Interested volunteers should call Vicki.

Positions Filled
-East Shore Rep: Ray Kissner
-President: Kevin Johnson

-South Shore have banned together and created their own banners.
-It was motioned to increase garbage fee $1 per quarter to cover postage. Total of $43 per quarter.
-A motion was made for John Bales to act as our Weed Representative.

NEW BUSINESS
-It was brought to our attention that DNR should be contacted to regulate or check on caught fish sizes and life vests on boats.
-It was suggested to have reflectors, a flag or solar lights on swim platforms for safety at night.
-Scott Banfield explained the foam occurrence on the east side of the lake. He said this is a natural, harmless occurrence. 

NEXT MEETING:

August 27, 2011
9 am at Matt Lordier's red barn. 0440 E 700 S

10:46 am meeting adjourned.

 

Fall Meeting: Aug 21, 2010

Ted Kirschner, President, called the meeting to order 9:02 am.

REVIEW LAST MEETING MINUTES
-Weed service motioned to change refund to $40 credit as opposed to $50 credit per last meeting minutes. This is because our weed control costs were less than originally anticipated.
-Geese Corral was a success
-Beaver Dams. Still need volunteers to help this fall. See Allen Talmage at 260-854-9858.
-Garbage disposal. We still have enough to continue our group rate. Please contact Sandy Funk and Noble county if you are canceling for the winter.
-President position still available!!!
-Association Dues. Increased dues $10 to non-property owners, $20 for land owners.
-Website Update. Email [email protected] if you wish to post articles or pictures on our website.
-Lake Directory. New one will come out next year. Call Sandy Funk at 260-437-8600 if you want your phone number published. There will be an indication via asterisk by the names of those who have paid the association dues and/or weed control.
-Officer Phone Numbers will be posted on the website.
-A Reminder to have boat lights on at night.

-Association Bank Balances:
Checking Account balance on 6/4/10    $3611.69
Deposits:
    2010 Dues & Weeds        $2835.00
    2010 Add'l Shoreline Weeds    $900.00
Withdrawals:
    8-10-10 Clark Aquatic Services    $3095.50
    8-10-10 Clark Aquatic Services    $900.00 (shoreline)
Checking Account balance on 8-20-10    $2891.19
Savings Account balance on 8-20-10    $17,493.78

NEW BUSINESS

CAMPGROUND:
It was suggested to meet with campground again regarding weed control contribution. They have approximately 1/3 of the total boats on the lake. Ted will make an effort to contact a couple of the residents to gain support.

SEWER RATE INCREASE:
The Sewer District increased our sewer fees to $68.30 which will take place over the next two years. The increase is on the maintenance portion. It was asked if a seasonal rate could be established. Unfortunately, there is no seasonal rate. This was established when the sewer was put in place.

CHANNEL:
It was asked if we had interest in opening up the waterway around the island near the public access site and clean up some of the algae. Janet of the south side contacted DNR who were going to contact the land owner. Matt Lordier will follow up on this and post on the website.*

SEAWALL WASHUP:
Lots of foam chunks were seen on the East side of the lake near the shore. It was also brought up that excessive bubbly buildup on seawalls has been reported. Ted will contact the sewer people to see if this could be a sewer issue.

PARADE:
July 2, 2011 Parade at 2 pm


NEXT MEETING:

June 4, 2011
9 am at Matt Lordier's red barn. 0440 E 700 S

9:44 am meeting adjourned.

* Followup on the channel: The LaGrange County DNR office will contact the Public Access Department to request the waterway at the public access be looked at and cleared if needed.

Spring Meeting: June, 5 2010

Ted Kirschner, President, called the meeting to order 9:02 am.


REVIEW LAST MEETING MINUTES
Geese coral in June
Trapped Beavers
3 new metal meeting signs
New location - Matt Lordier's barn
Last year 83 members
Residents to get house numbers on for the fire dept.

Current $3715 in checking account balance.

NEW BUSINESS

SEWER RATE INCREASE:
Rate increase still not known at this time. The sewer board will be meeting about this. Please attend one of the meetings if you want to contest.

WEED CONTROL:
It will cost $3000 - $4000 to spray the weeds this year. This is less than what was anticipated. There are less weeds than originally predicted. Will target certain milfoil spots in July that come back. Full weed service of $90 goes down to $40. Those 39 property owners who have already paid the $90 will get a credit for next year.
It was motioned that those who paid the $90 will get a letter from our Treasurer next year as a receipt / reminder next year when dues letters go out to reflect that credit from this year.

GEESE CORRAL:
Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 am. We need volunteers with kayaks and canoes to meet at the campground to help corral the geese. If you don't have a kayak and canoe, come on out with your swimsuit to help in the water. The geese are corralled into a livestock trailer and taken to a protective reserve. Allen has donated the use of a barrier fence. Pretty Lake contact, Travis….Matt Lordier will get the permit.

BEAVER DAMS
Congratulations to Alan Talmage for winning the Beaver Award. He and Bill Combs has helped our water flow with trapping beavers. We always need volunteers in this area.

GARBAGE
34 people signed up. (We need to stay over 30 to get the group rate) You must sign up through our Lake Association. This special pricing is available to our association from Noble County Disposal. Cost is $14 per month and can be put on hold if you are away. You also can sign up for just the season. Must pay the association by the quarter. Since our association is handling the charge via Noble County Disposal, if you make changes, please call Sandra Funk Treasurer, and also Noble County Disposal. It was motioned to keep this service for next year. Also motioned to have a locked drop box for those who wish to drop off garbage service payments. This will be installed at Bonnie Macy's house on the West side of the lake. Payments can still be mailed to our association.

NEW OFFICERS
Ted will be moving off the lake. We are in need of an association president. Duties are light and most items are already on computer files. Does not take much time.
Motioned to nominate Matt Lordier for Vice President.
Motioned to nominate Sandra Funk for Treasurer.

We will have to nominate a president at August's meeting. If you need any information, contact Ted Kirschner.

NEW RESIDENTS
New members at the meeting and on the lake were introduced. Congratulations to our new our new neighbors. It was suggested to have a welcome basket set up for new residents. To discuss later.

ASSOCIATION DUES
It was discussed to increase dues. Currently the annual dues are $10.  Discussed to be proactive and increase the dues since we have lost our LARE grant.
Motioned to increase dues to $20.

FUNDRAISING
It was suggested to raise association money via fundraisers. Community garage sale, hog roast, etc.
Motioned to have a hog roast at Matt Lordier's barn on Saturday, August 21. We need volunteers to set up a committee. More info to follow.
Motioned to look into a raffle.

WEBSITE
We now have a purchased domain that links to our current website. You can find it the old way or type in: www.atwoodlakeassociation.com. Special thanks goes out to our new residents, Kevin D. and Vicki Lee Johnson  who paid for this.

LAKE DIRECTORY
This will be published and distributed next year. This new directory will contain a list of those who have paid for dues and weeds and those who have not. Directories are printed every two years and printed by a third party.

OPEN DISCUSSION:
It was discussed to print out minutes to distribute to all property owners. Also suggested to list those who donated weed control, paid association dues etc.

Suggested to remind all those about safety issues such as driving slower because of children playing around the lakes, boating away from piers, etc. Getting signs from the county, mentioning these issues on our website or a newsletter.

PARADE
Motioned to have the flotilla Saturday, July 3, 2010. Be out at your docks at 2 pm with your boat in full decoration. Bring your cameras.


NEXT MEETING:

August 21, 2010
9 am at Matt Lordier's red barn. 0440 E 700 S

10:20 am meeting adjourned.

Fall Meeting: August 22, 2009

Ted Kirschner, President, called the meeting to order 9:04 am.

REVIEW LAST MEETING MINUTES

NEW BUSINESS

LARE Funding:
If we can get the grant this year we will still have to pay approximately $4000 for weed control. The grant is harder to get approved. Weed control only takes care of invasive curly leaf pond weed and milfoil.

It was brought up that the more weeds we kill, the less fish we have. If we don't follow through with the LARE grant, we have the possibility of loosing the grant which covers approximately 80% of our weed control cost. This process is monitored by DNR to assure a healthy lake. The LARE program that we are currently on is a 5-year program. Scott Banfield, working with the LARE program, is going to focus more on the lake clarity and keep a watchful eye on the fish population.

On the other side, it was brought up by some that there are fish in our lake and some large fish have been caught recently. It was also brought up by some residents that want to continue the weed control so that our lake doesn't turn into a bunch of weeds like in the 70s.

It was motioned to continue with the five-year LARE.

GARBAGE
34 people signed up. You must signup through our Lake Association. This special pricing is available to our association from Noble County Disposal. Cost is $14 per month. Must pay the association by the quarter.

GEESE CORRAL
Volunteers needed for next year. This will happen next June. We are looking for kayakers to help corral along with others to help on the shoreline.

BEAVER DAMS
Thanks to Allan and Bill and others that tore down the beaver dams. This has helped our water flow and. We are in need of volunteers to help with this. Please contact us.

MEETING SIGNS
Metal signs to define the association meetings. It was motioned to purchase 3 new signs to announce the meetings.

MEETING LOCATION
Motioned to move the next meeting in June at the new red barn on the North side at Matt Lordier's barn. The weekend after Memorial Day and the weekend before Labor Day.

MEMBERS
Our membership has increased. We have 83 dues-paying residents. 117 residents total. It was motioned to put your phone number on the next directories. Directories are printed every two years. If you want your phone number included, call the association.

NEWSLETTER
It was motioned to have those who donated weed control published. List by name only and if they are a member and donated to weed control. To print and distribute door-to-door in the fall.

RESIDENT ADDRESS
It was requested that we get address (house numbers) signs for the front and back of our homes. This will help weed control next year. We will get a cost from the Fire Department.

SPRING CLEANUP
It was requested to have a spring cleanup day on our lake. We would have a dumpster available on the lake for our residents to use for the day. The cost of the smallest dumpster (10 ton) is $250. No one interested in this at this time.

SEWERS:
Sewer prices will be raised on the county level next year.

OPEN DISCUSSION:

BEAVER CONTROL:
It was brought up to allocate money for beaver control to cut down on shoreline loss. It was motioned at the Spring meeting to allocate the money. We now need to have volunteers to help along with someone to collect bid proposals for the service.

CAMP GROUND:
The camp ground owner attended the meeting and have expressed an interest to attend future meetings and play an active roll with our association.

GEESE CORRAL:
We are need of a snow barrier fence for our geese corral. This is the orange plastic fencing that is attached to wood slats that easily rolls up. Last year we borrowed fencing from Pretty Lake. We are looking to have our own by June of 2010. If anyone has access to this for us to borrow, please contact the association.

NEXT MEETING:
June 5, 2010
9 am at our new location - the new red barn on the North side at Matt Lordier's place.

Spring Meeting: June 12, 2009

NEW BUSINESS

Scott Banfield spoke on our current weed situation. His job is to survey our lake for plant species and activities to determine both beneficial and invasive plants. He stated that our lake has 2 main weed varieties that causes issues. Curly Leaf Pond Leaf and Milfoil. Curly leaf pond weed comes up early in the spring and drops off on its own mid July. Milfoil is the main weed that has caused us problems. A survey was issued by Scott with questions regarding how residents are using Atwood Lake. Our goal last year was to treat Milfoil to allow the native plants to grow. It was determined that 15 1/2 to 18 acres of Milfoil has occurred. He recommends a whole lake treatment then spot treat during consecutive seasons. The acreage of milford has increased tremendously since last season. He also stated that our water clarity is a lot better this year. Our weed treatment will go down in the next week or two to fight milfoil.

A scarcity of large bass was brought up by an associtation member. Scott encouraged anyone interested in this issue to call Neil who is the Fisheries Biologist for our district at 829-6241.

Scott closed his presentation by stating that his website has information on the 4-year plan for Atwood Lake, www.aquaticenhancement.com.

Increased Water Level Issue:
No one at the meeting had any issues to discuss.

Beaver Control issue:
It was motioned to appropriate enough money to control the beavers every fall. We will take bids for this service.

Geese Issue:
Our geese population seems like the highest we've had. We will have to deal with this issue in the future.

Trash PickUp:
A minimum of 25 is needed for this service. Only 18 have signed up. You must signup through our Lake Association. This special pricing is available to our association from Noble County Disposal. Cost is $14 per month. Must pay the association by the quarter.

NEW MEETING SIGNS:
Our existing signs are in need of replacement. We would like to purchase permanent ones. It was motioned to collect bid proposals.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

The following was motioned.
Ted Kirschner, President
Matt Lordier, Vice President
Sandra Funk, Secretary/Treasurer


OPEN DISCUSSION:

Water Testing:
A member asked if there is a dollar amount set aside for water testing. She noticed a dark brown runoff in the west side of the lake and also noticed a high volume of algae. Ted Kirschner said DNR is coming out soon to check this out. There is training meeting scheduled on lake Wawasee next week that offers training to individuals who wish to learn how to test their own water. Go to the DNR website for that link.

Fishing Hooks:
Some members discussed issues with finding fishing hooks in boat lines, boat covers and other areas close to shore where kids swim. It was asked if property owners can rope off their shore area to keep fishermen out. The lake is not a part of personal property therefore Ted Kirschner suggested calls be made to DNR on this issue to see what can be done.

Excessive speeding along 700:
The Sheriff's department will be able to address this issue. It is a concern for residents living on the North side.

Leaf Cleanup:
A member asked if the association can do anything about neighbors who don't clean up leaves in their yard. Matt Lordier explained that our association is a "Lake" association and not a "property" association, therefore we have not jurisdiction with property off the lake.

Old Paperwork:
A motion was made to go through and clean out old association paperwork.

Fall Meeting: August, 23 2008
Reviewed last board meeting minutes. L.A.R.E. representative will be coming to evaluate the lake soon. He will meet with Ted in October to review observations if anyone is interested in attending the meeting, call Ted.

Weed patrol will be meeting with us in August.

Beaver dams were knocked down by some residents. They

Tees. We sold 90 shirts. We have 2 left: Youth Small and Mens Large. Both Fisherman.

The campground has new ownership.

We are still looking for a Secretary-Treasurer for the association.

We cannot change the bylaws to "Lake Association" from "Property Owners Association".

Motion was made to approve last meeting minutes.

NEW BUSINESS

Update current bylaws by a small committee of volunteers.
#1 priority was to remove items that were no longer apply today.

Dues: Propose $10 per property as opposed to $5 per person. Propose Associate Member from $2.50 to $5. Changing the vote to 1 vote per property. It was motioned to change vote to 1 vote per property and increase dues to $10 per property.

Committees:  It was motioned to create committees as needed.

Future Meetings:  It was motioned to change wording of future meetings to scheduled season in advanced.

Newsletter:  Print and distribute twice a year soon after each meeting.

Meeting Dates for Next Year:
It was motioned to schedule next years meetings on
-Saturday, June 13
-Saturday, August 22

Boat Parade
on Sat, July 4th at 2 pm

Fishing Contest: Possible association fishing contest for July 4th. Would anyone interested in organizing.

72 full membership signups
64 weed sign up
34 short weed sign up ?

Lagrange County Lake Council meetingsAnyone interested in attending the Lagrange County Lake Council meetings. See Ted for information.

Garbage pick up. Cut your bill to $14 per month if one bill can be sent to the Association as a whole. We'll need at least 25 participants. You can combine pick up service with your neighbor if you don't have a lot of garbage.This is a huge savings if you are interested. Each participant will receive a large container. This deal was proposed by Noble County.

OPEN DISCUSSION:

It was brought up to add phone numbers to Lake Association directory. This will be updated according to the sewer mailing information.

It was mentioned to bring in a neighborhood watch program. Ted will check with the Sheriff's department for signage. Or add "This neighborhood is watched by..." on existing lake signage.

Only those who've paid for "shoreline treatment" get a sign in their yard when week control has treated their area.

Association Member Decal:
3"x4" UV exterior grade decal for members to place on your boat, pier or cottage door or window. 150 decals for $0.87 each. Total cost $130.50. This would be given to dues-paying association members.
It was motioned to try this out for next year.

72 of 123 are members of the association.

Ted will talk to DNR about the trees that have been cut on the island by the access site and have fallen into the water.

Publish dues members in the newsletter. We'd like to thank our 2008 members...Or put into a spreadsheet and post. It was motioned to post dues payers in a spreadsheet.

It was brought up to set up a fund to control the Beaver situation. This has been an issue with the 29 acres on the southeast corner of the lake. This is a natural drainage into Witmer Lake. The beaver dams have caused high water to the homes in this area.

It was suggested to post some history of Atwood Lake on the website Bob has photos and stories?

It was asked weather our water condition has been tested or compared before vs. after our new sewer system.
Spring Meeting: June, 14 2008
44 people were present.
 
Guest:
Scott Banfield - [email protected]
        5 year plan with LARE (Lake And River Enhancement)
        -Money comes from boat registrations.

Primary purpose of current grant is to kill Water Milfoil (Hard to kill).
If you pull your boat in or out, clean off this plant from your boat. It usually catches on your prop causing you to drag it into your pier area where it takes root.

Atwood has 5 acres of Water Milfoil in the lake. Not bad now, but this Milfoil is quick-spreading. Grows 1" or more per day.

Curly Pond Weed is also monitored.

Scott maps the milfoil areas, exotic plant beds and generate statistics to come up with a 5-year plan to keep the lake a nice resource.

Report will be generated sometime this winter. See our Web site for a link to this report.

Weed Patrol out of Elkhart currently treats our weeds.
9:24 am Fall Meeting minutes were read by President, Ted Kirshner.
Motion
All approved.

Upcoming parade:
The fourth of July Flotilla will be held on the Fourth of July this year (a Friday) to avoid confusion. Decorate your boat in a patriotic spirit and join the fun for a few laps around Atwood Lake. Don't forget to take some pictures so that we can post them on our Web site. You'll be glad you did next Winter when you want to remember the hot July festivities.

Beaver Report:
Wildside Animal Control
7 beavers were removed. and some dams were knocked down.
The beavers have dammed up the water causing flooding in the area.
The water run off property was sold twice in the last year to two different Amish familys.
Current property owner has given us permission to walk back there and knock down the beaver dams.
We are looking for property owners in that area to take a walk back there periodically and trap or take a look at the situation, contact Ted Kirshner.

Tee Shirts:
Our first order was a huge success. If you did not get a chance to order your Atwood Lake apparel, you can order more Tee shirts, Hoodies, and Crew shirts on our Web site. The order form is in the "How You Can Help" section. We need to think of ways to make money to help with the weed control effort. More and more lakes are applying for funding for weed control. We currently are treating 5 acres of weeds @ $450 per acre. It is getting expensive and we may not get funding next year. (The LARE weed control treatment was last Friday.) So order a Tee shirt, Hoodie, or Crew Shirt today for yourself and by-the-way, our high quality apparel makes great birthday and Christmas gifts too!

Weed Control:
Everyone is invited to the upcoming meeting with Scott Banfield (Aquatic Biologist). The meeting will be posted on the Web site once scheduled.

Next year - $1.80 / linnear foot to take care of your lake weeds in front of your property.
The Weed Patrol will be applying the weed control Thursday, June 19, 2008. If an application is used within 100 feet of your shoreline, a notice will be posted on your property at the waters edge,

Restroom Facilities:
Is the association interested in putting a port-a-jon in the boat ramp area?
A vote was taken and the consensus was that it would not be cost effective.
Vandalism:
There was vandalism in that ramp area by young kids on ATVs last spring. If anyone has information concerning the vandalism please contact an association board member.
Financials:
$1347.39 checking
over $15,000 savings (2008 dues still coming in)
$6200 grant 80% back later on
$4500 weed bills (2,000 will be reimbursed by the state)
We need to increase members in the association
70 of 123 property owners are members of the association.

Campground sold to new owner (Brian Schaper) on April 15th, 2008.
Matt and Ted are hoping to meet with Brian to secure the use of the pavillion for future meetings.

It was suggested, but not voted on to put together a welcome package with Association info to new owners.

It was suggested, but not voted on to make association membership mandatory.

It has been determined that we are a lake association not a property association. Therefore dues are not mandatory and delinquent dues can not be recovered at the sale of property.

It was suggested and agreeded that we should take a look at updating our bylaws.

We are looking for volunteers to meet with Vice President, Matt Lordier to review bylaws by the next meeting. Ray Kissner (East side), Larry Weaver (Norht side), and Gloria Combs (South side) have agreed to meet with Matt Lordier (North side) and discuss updating the bylaws.

It was suggested, but not voted on to raise dues to $45 and cover weeds.

It was suggested to have an Atwood Lake Association membership sticker for your boat. This would allow everyone that uses the lake to show their neighbors that they contributed to the upkeep of the lake. Matt Lordier has contacts with printers that can produce such a sticker. Matt will get a quote for an annual sticker that is weather proof and has the date clearly indicated much like the sticker that the state issues for boats.
Motion to post something on boat...
Larry Weaver motioned. Rest followed. We'll look into this for next year.
Does anyone have a picture of the lake during the 70s when the weeds high?
If you do, please contact a board member so that we can post it on our Web site,

Matt Lordier spoke to an attorney and found out that the lake association could not change it's bylaws to become a property owner's association.
 
Kathy Minnich and Matt Lordier will put together a flier to have content for membership, weeds etc delivered door to door by Atwood Lake Representatives.

Website:
Matt Lordier presented screen shots of our new Web site and talked about the possibilities that the new site afforded the association. The current Web site is free, but with a small annual fee it could be upgraded to remove the banner ads, allow better functions and widgets along with a more direct web address.

Shoreline Representative:
We are looking for shore representatives:
Responsibilities include the  distribution of association material to your territory as well as attending the biannual meetings and other board meetings (as necessary).

Keep a lookout for vandalism, theft. A motor was stolen the first week of June, 2008.
Watch out for your neighbors property. Especially those who are weekenders.
It is suggested that you put a lock on your motors and gas tanks.

Open position:
Secretary-Treasurer
West side Representative
Please call President, Ted Kirshner

Think about ways to raise money. Think about social events to raise money so that we can bond with our neighbors and help pay for the weed control effort on our lake.