Manager's Message

Manager's Message
News - 10/11/2019

Don’t Forget your Waterfront!

Although it may seem a little early, it is time to think about winter and your waterfront.  The east winds have been blowing hard for a few days now and we’ve been seeing all kinds of items (from paddle boards to tarps and umbrellas) being blown into the water.  Please take a moment to secure your waterfront area so that everything stays where it belongs on these windy days. 

When the east wind isn’t blowing, there is an increased chance of rainfall.  Just this past weekend, our lake patrolman pumped out 5 boats that were sitting very low in the water due to accumulated rain.  When you are not using your boat as much, the bilge pump will drain your battery very quickly and it will be left unprotected from heavy rains.  If enough water gets in and your starter becomes submerged, you will have much bigger problems.  One visit to your boat a week until it is winterized and safe from the weather can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Waterfront Development Reminders
Most shareholders are aware that they need permits from the LOC for waterfront development such as docks and boathouses.  What many aren’t aware of is the fact that, in most cases, the LOC also owns a strip of land near the water.  Any work done on this property, including landscaping, requires a permit from the LOC.  Along with that permit comes required documentation for any contractors involved in the project.  These requirements are in place to protect all shareholders.  We are currently working on one-page checklists for both homeowners and contractors to make the process and requirements clearer.  If you are planning a project, please feel free to contact me.  I will be happy to help you through the process.  If you have started a project without a permit, please contact our offices right away in order to get the proper documentation in place so that your work is not at risk.

2020 Lake Drawdown
Our current drawdown policy calls for lowering the lake every third year for one month in order to enable shareholders to perform maintenance on waterfront construction projects.  Our last drawdown was in 2017.  The typical schedule would be to start lowering the water in the third week of October.  We would then hold the lake at a ten-foot drawdown level for one month before allowing it to begin refilling on December first.  Next year, the timing and possibly the depth of the drawdown will be affected by a sewer maintenance project being planned by the city. 

During the last drawdown, city maintenance workers discovered that concrete was spalling on the seams of manhole risers installed in 2010-11 during the deep drawdown for the interceptor sewer project.  After investigation, it was determined that the grout on the seams of the riser sections was continuing to expand under water.  Since the risers are lined with HDPE sleeves, they are not leaking, and engineers determined that they could safely wait until 2020 to perform the work of removing the grout and replacing it with a more suitable product.  The unknown element is whether the same condition exists below the mudline.  Tests to this point have been inconclusive.  We may not know until some exploratory excavating can be done.  If, as we lower the lake and manholes on the west end are exposed, damage is discovered below the mudline, we may need to lower the lake as far as 18 feet in order to repair the deepest riser at the entrance to the northeast arm. 
 
Although no decisions have been made at this time, it is very likely that the 2020 drawdown will start earlier (closer to October first) than in 2017.  We will want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance at achieving lake-full status in a timely manner with the best water quality possible while allowing city contractors enough time to successfully complete their repairs.  Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss these or any other topics.