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March 29, 2014

Henderson Lake requires a plan for long term aquatic weed control to protect the lake from overpopulating weed growth.  The Henderson Lake Milfoil Committee (HLMC) is continuing the process to create Special
Assessment Districts (Public Act 188 of 1954) for control of invasive aquatic weeds on Henderson Lake.  Henderson Lake is uniquely situated in both Hill and Cumming Townships.

In 2013, HLMC conducted its first attempt at the petition process with each Twp., unfortunately, at the required Public Hearings (Sept.), several areas of concern arose with complexity & coordination of the two Twps., and no action was taken on the SAD. 

Over the winter, HLMC has continued diligent work with two Board Members assigned from each Twp. to resolve those concerns.  In addition, accurate legal information has been provided to all from Michigan Lakes & Streams Association
http://www.mymlsa.org/.

 

Now, HLMC, Hill and Cumming Twps. are aligned on what is specifically required for the SAD.  The 2014 re-petition SAD, if approved, will provide funding for five years (2015/16/17/18/19), for control of any weed species along all developed shoreline to a depth of five feet, and treatment of invasive weed species found anywhere in the lake, while still maintaining the lake within guidelines set by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

 

The target for having 57% of the petitions signed is July 15, 2014.  Two required public hearings will be announced by US Mail and conducted in the weeks following, likely sometime in August or September.  The amount requested in the S.A.D. Petition is $160 per year per lakefront lot, and $30 per year per backlot with deeded access.  Owners of multiple lots are encouraged to combine lots at no cost for combining.

 

  • Next Steps to preserve Henderson Lake for future generations
  • We ALL need to act now
  • Please your petition and provide the required information.  If more than one owner all signatures are required


Links to Petitions

Cumming Twp. Petition (2014)
Cumming Exhibit A (Map)
Hill Twp. Petition (2014)
Hill Exhibit A (Map)
Cover Letter from Mail Packet

The Henderson Lake Milfoil Control Committee (HLMC), who have been managing invasive weed species since 2010, strongly believe that approving and creating this Special Assessment District for weed control is best for long-term aquatic health, boating & fishing and also property values.  Please consider the future of our beautiful lake.
  


Plat Maps & Tax ID Numbers

Both Ogemaw County and the State of Michigan have some very useful on-line tools for locating Plat Maps, Tax ID Numbers, Assessed Values and Tax History.

State of Michigan
Plat Map Library

http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/platmaps/sr_subs.asp
(This application requires Java.)

Ogemaw County
Property Search

http://ogemawgis.com/parcelquery/website/

Ogemaw County
Property Tax Search

http://ogemaw.mi.govern.com/parcelquery.php



Henderson Lake has five platted subdivisions...


Hill Township
- Allens Park
- Henderson Lake Heights Sub. #1
- Henderson Lake Heights Sub. #2

Cumming Township
- Henderson Lake Sub. #1
- Henderson Beach Sub. (from 1925) now re-platted into "Assessor's Plats of Ogemaw and Chippewa" #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8.


Special Assessment Progress
(From Oct. 2013)



Background


Both Cumming & Hill Townships scheduled, announced by US Mail & Ogemaw Herald postings, two special Township Meetings.  The purpose of these meetings were for...

1) Hearing concerns about creation of the Special Assessment District, and

2) Finalizing the financial calculations / billing to property owners within the proposed District.

Dates for these meetings were...

Cumming Twp.
- Hearing: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
- Finalize: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Hill Twp.
- Hearing: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
- Finalize: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013


Update

Both of the first hearings went about per expected.  There were a total of five owners in the two townships combined who voiced disagreement with the proposed Weed Control Assessment District.  The Committee had managed to gather signed petitions from 66% FOR in Cumming and 61% FOR in Hill Townships vs. that required by PA188 of 51% minimum.  Very good support by a clear majority of property owners.

During the second required Public Hearing in Cumming Twp (Sept. 26) the Twp Board became very concerned about how to coordinate the SAD between two townships; coordination of competitive bidding, supplier selection, quality surveillance and payments to the supplier. 

The Cumming Board had also developed concerns / confusion regarding the five Public Accesses in the south / Henderson Beach Subdivision; the accesses intended use, who can use them, who maintains them and No Trespassing signs that had been posted at two of the five.  While these concerns had nothing to do with the proposed SAD, they resulted in concern and confusion within the Board.  In the end, the Board took no action toward creation of the SAD for 2014 tax year.

Hill Township was in full support of creating the SAD in their second Public Hearing (Sept. 27), but given that most of Henderson Lake is in Cumming Twp and that Cumming Twp Board took no action, the Hill Board took no action as well.

Meanwhile, our assortment of invasive weed species is still there and will need treatment in 2014.  The weeds know nothing about Twp Boards and PA188 SAD's.  So, for 2014 treatments we will be back to the voluntary donation program we've run since 2010. 

(See Donation article below.)

The Henderson Lake Milfoil Committee is re-grouping on how to proceed and next steps.  Many thanks to all on the Committee for the hundreds of man-hours spent on this project!

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All we are trying to accomplish is preservation of the lake for future generations to enjoy.  Seems fairly straight forward.





June 2013 Milfoil Treatment Update


Our weeds were treated on Thursday, June 6th by Savin Lake Services.  Eight acres in total were treated. Some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that we had only 0.5 (half) acres of Milfoil!  It was treated with 2-4D @ 150 lb/acre systemic killer as in years past.  This is a great accomplishment in that we started with almost 15 acres in 2010!  

The bad news is that we are now facing another invasive species called Curlyleaf Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus).  A total of 7.5 acres was treated with Diquat Dibromide.  Curlyleaf does not respond to 2-4D. 

Like Eurasian Water Milfoil, this weed forms dense vegetation beds with floating mats on the water's surface.  It is also "seeded" by fragmentation,  While our 2013 crop is treated for the summer so not a fragmentation risk, the point to remember for the future is don't boat through these weedbeds and keep a rake-by-the-lake to remove what washes up on your shoreline.

(Click here for more about Curlyleaf.)

(Click here for a map of treated areas.)



Donations Needed
2014 Weed Treatments

Our Eurasian Water Milfoil & Curly Leaf Pondweed will again need treatment in 2014. 
(The Special Assessment District will not yet be in place for 2014.)

 

Click here to see a plot of 2013 EWM treated areas.

We are asking for donations in 2014.  The requested amount is $160 per family. More is better!

Please write & mail checks to:

H.L.M.C.
P.O. Box 115
Birmingham, MI 48009



Special Assessment District
for Weed Control
  • Weed management program for all of Henderson Lake.  Open water & shoreline
  • Treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly Leaf Pondweed and any future invasive species of weeds
  • Treatment of all developed shoreline for any weeds up 5’ water depth.  (This includes lily pads, pond weed, etc.  All weeds in water depth of 5’ or less.)
  • Undeveloped shoreline will not be treated except for Milfoil, Curly Leaf and future invasive plants, and only if needed
  • Henderson Lake Milfoil Control Committee is urging formation of a Special Assessment District for funding
  • Public Act 188 of 1954 defines this structure used for “Special Assessment Districts to provide for payment of an improvement by special assessment against the property to be benefited by the improvement”. 
  • S.A.D. will run for five years 2015 /16 /17 /18 /19
  • Proceeds will be used only for weed control on Henderson Lake
    • $160/year per lakefront lot
    • $30/year per back-lot with deeded access
    • Owners of multiple lots are encouraged to combine lots
  • Both Cumming & Hill Township Boards have approved this initiative
  • Petition attached for approval signature.  57% owner approval is required.
  • Return as quickly as possible to those listed below.  No later than July 6th 2014
    • Both townships will hold public hearings if 57% (or over) sign the Petition, likely in August / Sept. 2014 timeframe.
    • If approved, the special assessment will be included as a line item in property taxes for 2015 /16 /17 /18 /19.
    • Henderson Lake Milfoil Control Committee will be involved in treatment contractor selection, definition of areas requiring treatment and quality surveillance of the treatments.


    Downloads...

    Cumming Twp. Petition (2014)
    Cumming Exhibit A (Map)
    Hill Twp. Petition (2014)
    Hill Exhibit A (Map)

    Cover Letter from Mail Packet
    Public Act 188 of 1954 (PDF Copy)


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Be on the Lookout!
Another Invasive Species



The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division is leading response efforts to control a new aquatic invasive plant, European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae).

Until recently, this free-floating plant had only been reported in a few localized sites in the southeastern Lower Peninsula. Through recent statewide monitoring efforts, this species has been detected in Saginaw Bay, Alpena and Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County.

European frog-bit closeup










Read and learn more about European Frog-Bit and other invasive species at the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network website.

http://www.misin.msu.edu/facts/detail.php?id=45

Newsletters

Fishing Club & Milfoil Letter - Aug. 2013

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Curly Leaf Pondweed



Photo of Curly Leaf and Eurasian Water Milfoil growing together May 2013.
Eurasian Water Milfoil



Our efforts toward control of the Eurasian Water Milfoil are working.
We can't take our eyes off the sights.



A copy of our HLMC committee's financial summary is available by request to BillOlsen3@Gmail.com


Nest Under Construction

Photo taken June 6, 2013 of the Loon's nest being built.


Black Bears are in our area! 

This photo of a mother with cubs, was taken by a trail camera mounded to the back deck of a dwelling near Peters Rd. and east of East Side Drive.  Other sightings have been reported towards Rose City / Lupton direction. 

Be on the lookout! 


Loon eggs on the nest May 23, 2011
  (Photo courtesy of Connie Malecek.)



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Links to related / useful websites.

Ogemaw County
http://www.ogemawcountymi.gov/

City of West Branch
http://www.westbranch.com/

Rose City, MI
http://www.rosecitymi.net/

Michigan Lake & Stream Association, Inc.
http://www.mymlsa.org/


Midwest Invasive Species
Information Network

http://www.misin.msu.edu/


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