March 29, 2014
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
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
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.
Special Assessment Progress
(From Oct. 2013)
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...
- Hearing: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
- Finalize: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
- Hearing: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
- Finalize: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
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!
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.)