Christie Lake Board

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NOTICE OF HEARING TO BE HELD BY LAKE BOARD

TO RE-AFFIRM AND CONTINUE A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT FOR THE ERADICATION OR

CONTROL OF AQUATIC WEEDS and PLANTS FOR CHRISTIE LAKE

 

On May 12, 2008, a Christie Lake Board was established. An annual special assessment for weed control has been assessed on riparian lake lot owners since the Winter, 2008 taxes.

The Lake Board has requested an re-affirmation and continuation of the special assessment to continue the weed control special assessment. On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Lake Board held a meeting to elect a chairperson and a secretary, to determine the scope of the project, to adopt the

July 2, 2014 proposal from PLM Lake & Land Management to provide a chemical lake management program for the control of exotic plants and/or algae in Christie Lake for 2015 thru 2019, and to set a public hearing. 

A public hearing will be held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor of the County Administration Building, 219 E. Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw, Michigan.

At the hearing, the following actions will take place:

1)  Determine a periodic redetermination of the cost of treatment without a change in the special assessment district boundaries;

2)  Go forward with the proposal from PLM Lake & Land Management;

3)  Determine the total amount to be assessed against riparian lake lot owners of Christie Lake.  The estimated cost of treatment will be approximately $109.15. This assessment will commence with the December, 2015 tax roll and will be collected for five (5) years.

4)  Tentatively set forth the interest rate on any unpaid assessment installments

5)  Review the tentative assessment roll prepared by the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner

Should the Lake Board proceed with the special assessment on 9/19/2014, and you are opposed to the amount, you must appear and protest at the second public hearing to confirm the special assessment roll in order to appeal the amount of the special assessment to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The second public hearing to confirm the roll is tentatively scheduled for October 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. A second notice will be mailed.

The County will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to those with disabilities planning to attend upon three (3) days’ notice to the County Clerk. Individuals who require such services should contact the County Clerk by telephone at (269) 657-8218.

If you are unable to attend the September 19, 2014 meeting you can send comments to the Van Buren County Drain Office:

219 E. Paw Paw Street, Suite 301

Paw Paw, MI 49079

or

Fax: 269-657-8286

or

Email: parmanj@vbco.org

Eurasain Milfoil

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What is it?

Eurasian watermilfoil is a submersed plant that grows in a variety of still and flowing fresh water bodies. It can tolerate a range of salinity, pH, and temperature. Watermilfoil forms dense mats that shade native aquatic plants, inhibit water flow, and hamper recreation. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

Is it here yet?


Yes. Eurasian watermilfoil has been documented throughout Michigan.

Why should I care?

Eurasian watermilfoil forms dense mats on the water surface, interfering with recreational activities, displacing native vegetation, causing flooding, and clogging water intakes. It can infest an entire lake quickly, and provides poor habitat and a low-quality food source.

What are its characteristics?

  • Plant roots on the bottom of a water body and mainly grows underwater.
  • Leaves grow in sets of four (or, rarely, five) arranged around a stem.
  • Reddish flower spikes emerge a few inches above the water with small pinkish flowers and one short leaf below each flower.

How do I distinguish it from native species?

Eurasian watermilfoil can be distinguished from native milfoils by the arrangement of its 1-inch- to 1.5-inch-long leaves in whorls of four around stems that are reddish or green in summer. It typically has more leaflet pairs per leaf (14-21) than native milfoils. The plant can also be confused with the invasive parrot

Documents:

Christie Lake Weed Assessment District

PLM Lake & Land Management Program - Proposal 

2007 County Resolution - Christie Lake Board

Christie Lake Petition - 2007

Draft - Christie Lake Board Minutes - 8-15-14

Reference Material/Helpful Links:

Part 309 - Inland Lake Improvements

MDEQ Aquatic Nuisance Control Website

Aquatic Invasive Species MDEQ

USDA : Aquatic Species, Eurasian Watermilfoil

2012 Christie Lake Report

Frequently Asked Questions - MDEQ Information for the Chemical Treatment of Aquatic Nuisance Plants