Ballots Due Sept. 28

Postmark Ballots by Wed., Sept. 28

If you have not already returned your ballot on creating an SSA to pay for dredging Dunlap Lake please get that mailed so that it is postmarked by September 28. The mailing address is at the bottom of the ballot. If you have any questions you can reply to this e-mail or contact Carolyn Green at 618-791-1398 and Alan Ortbals at 659-0232.

New Ballot in the Mail

A letter and ballot for Dunlap Lake was mailed to you from Community Property Management in Manchester, MO last week. In the letter, our phone number was wrong and the return envelope was not enclosed.

Since it is critical that everyone’s vote make it to the right place to be counted, we feel we must send out a new mailing with the return envelope.

We are moving the due date for ballots to Wed., September 28, 2016  to make sure that everyone has time to vote. If you have any questions, if you have not seen a copy of the letter yet, or if you want to set up a neighborhood meeting to talk more about dredging or financing please email or call Carolyn Green at 618-791-1398.

Dunlap Lake Fish Report

Residents Doug Carney from IDNR and Dr. Chris Theodorkis from SIUE as they collect fish to be counted, measured and released back into Dunlap Lake Thursday, Sept. 7. A few fish of varying types and sizes were kept for the SIUE Environmental Science Department to test for toxins thanks to a grant from the Urban Institute.

Fred Cronin IDNR Fisheries Biologist (back) directs lake residents Doug Carney from IDNR and Dr. Chris Theodorkis from SIUE as they collect fish to be counted, measured and released back into Dunlap Lake Thursday, Sept. 7. A few fish of varying types and sizes were kept for the SIUE Environmental Science Department to test for toxins thanks to a grant from the Urban Institute.September 9, 2016

Dear Ms. Green,

The purpose of this letter is to summarize the results of the electrofishing survey conducted on Dunlap Lake on September 8, 2016. I will also compare this data to the 4 previous surveys (1998, 2001, 2004, and 2009) and provide some management recommendations. We shocked for 30 minutes and got a good sample of fish. We collected the following species:

Species                                   Number

Largemouth bass                        49

Bluegill                                       44

Walleye                                     15

Gizzard shad                               80

Green sunfish                             12

Channel catfish                             4

Redear sunfish                              3

Common carp                              1

Yellow bullhead                            1

Largemouth bass – The tables below show the largemouth bass numbers and size distribution from this survey compared to the previous surveys. The bass numbers are better than ever and appear quite stable over the years. The size distribution looks very good with good numbers in every size class. The 29% under 8 inches suggests very good natural reproduction of bass this year. In summary, this survey shows a very healthy, stable bass population.

LMB Catch per 30 minutes of shocking effort:

1998                43

2001                31

2004                35

2009                40

2016                49


LMB Size Distribution:
1998 2001 2004 2009 2016
% less than 8.0 inches 19 0 6 3 29
% between 8.1 and 12 inches 57 26 49 60 20
% between 12.1 and 15 inches 24 26 17 18 31
% over 15.1 inches 0 48 29 20 20


Bluegill – The bluegill collected ranged from 3 to 8 inches. This is pretty good for a lake with gizzard shad and green sunfish present.

Redear sunfish – 3 redear sunfish were collected. They were quality sized fish 8-9 inches.

Walleye – 15 walleye were collected. They ranged from 10-20 inches and were in great condition. The numbers, quality, and condition of these fish is very impressive. The recent stocking of these fish is working very well. It appears a very healthy, fishable population is becoming established.

Crappie – No crappie were collected. The crappie move to deeper water at this time of year and are difficult to collect by shocking, so this survey may not be representative of the crappie population. However, the fact that we did not see small crappie suggests that the population is not over-crowded and growth and average size of crappie should be good.

Channel catfish – Four fish collected. They ranged from 22 to 28 inches and were in great condition.

Summary and Recommendations – This survey shows a very healthy and well balanced fish community. Bass fishing should be very good. Walleye fishing should be very good. Crappie and bluegill fishing should be good. Catfish fishing should also be good. The lake does not need any corrective stocking or management. With the abundant gizzard shad population continued stocking of supplemental predator species (walleye, hybrid striped bass, and muskie) should continue as desired. The walleye stocking in particular seems to be working very well. Walleye and hybrid striped bass can be stocked at 10-25 per acre, muskie at 1-2 per acre. You can always add more channel catfish, 6-8 inch at a rate of up to 50 per acre. If you need more information or have any questions please contact me.


Fred A. Cronin

Dist. 16 Fisheries Biologist

Horseshoe Lake State Park

3321 Hwy 111

Granite City, IL 62040                                                                                                     (618) 931-4217


July Dunlap Lake Association Board Meeting Minutes

Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association Board Minutes July 25, 2016

Call to order: Alan Ortbals, president, called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. in the Association meet- ing room at 840 East Lake Drive.

Present: Board members – Larry Ahrens, Greg Brumitt, Lee Frea, Mark Hicks, Patrick Hill, Andy Leek, Alan Ortbals, Jim Seubert, Todd Smith, Michael Watts, Roy Wehling and Richard Welle. Association Manager – Carolyn Green & Financial Coordinator – Tori Frea

Absent: Walter Heck, Craig Louer (excused), Genie Manterfield (excused). Visitor’s Present: Phil Gatton, Tom Lucas, and Michelle Cathorall


  • –  Algae – Phil Gatton, a lake resident who has managed facilities including the lake at SIU Carbondale shared his experience with algae including toxic algae. The University has been unable to get rid of the algae and will be emptying the lake this fall. He shared all the things they have tried and recommended calling Ami Ruffing to learn more about the plans for this fall. He has not seen any of the toxic plants he is familiar with here on Dunlap Lake.
  • –  Roy Wehling presented a proposal from Greg Arth to have the Association purchase a dredge instead of contracting the work out (see attached).MINUTES – Carolyn Green presented minutes of the June 27, 2016 meeting. Roy Wehling made a motion to approve the minutes with one correction to the fish and wildlife report. Mark Hicks sec- onded the motion and it passed unanimously.

    FINANCIAL REPORT – Tori Frea went through the financial reports from June. The first financial reports from CPM do not show all the local bank transactions but we will work on making them more comprehensive. Rick Welle made a motion to accept the financial reports as presented. Mark Hicks seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


    Alan Ortbals presented all of the work that has been done since the last membership meeting. The Executive committee met with City officials and shared the results of the vote. A survey was done to get feedback from the membership and in response to member concerns research has been done on:

  • –  Mechanical dewatering
  • –  Suing developers for the silt
  • –  Holiday Shores dredge operations
  • –  Grants
  • –  Using E8 to reduce mobilizationsSurvey respondents were also very critical of holding the vote at a meeting. August 31 was selected as a time to bring information collected back to the residents. Attendees can help craft the question but ballots will be mailed out since that clearly seems to be a preference.

Meetings Elections and Social: Submitted by Jim Seubert, chair – possible social events were dis-

cussed but nothing new was approved The bonfire will be in 10/22 and the holiday social 12/3.

Restrictions: Submitted by Roy Wehling chair – Letters have been prepared for 3 dock or shoreline issues and an oversize motor.

Safety: Submitted by Mark Hicks, chair – water testing showed no e-coli and phosphorus was down. There was a concern about the new plant with yellow flowers being lesser celandine but it appears to actually be water primrose.

Silt & Erosion: Submitted by Craig Louer, chair – discussed earlier in the meeting

Web Page: Submitted by Todd Smith, chair – Posting regularly

Building: Submitted by Andy Leek, chair – no report

Commons Area: Submitted by Lee Frea, chair – there is a new hole in the commons by Andy’s house and the muskrats are back.

Dam: Submitted by Michael Watts, chair – The lake will be lowered by Nov. 1 if weather allows. Mike made a motion to approve $1,800 for the annual dam inspection. Larry Ahrens seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Fireworks: Submitted by Michael Watts, chair – no report
Fish and Wildlife: Walt Heck, chair – no report
Legal: Submitted by Alan Ortbals, chair – research covered under old business. NEW BUSINESS – none
ADJOURNMENT: The next meeting will be 7 pm Monday, August 29, 2016

Greg Arth’s Dunlap Lake Association Dredging Plan

Dunlap Lake Association Board Meeting Aug 29

Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association
Board Meeting Monday, August 29, 2016, At 7PM at 840 East Lake Drive


1. Roll call-

2. Approval of minutes – July 25, 2016

3. Guest comments

4. Financial Report

5. Old Business

a. Membership Meeting

6. Committee Reports

a. Legal – Al

b. Meetings, Elections & Social – Jim

c. Restrictions – Roy

d. Safety – Mark

e. Silt & Erosion – Craig

f. Web Page – Todd

g. Building – Andy

h. Common Areas – Lee

i. Dam Maintenance – Mike

j. Fireworks-Mike

k. Fish and Wildlife – Walt

7. New Business –

8. Adjournment

Membership Meeting Wed. Aug. 31 7 PM


August 3, 2016

Dunlap Lake Property Owners

PO Box 5

Edwardsville, IL 62025

RE: Membership Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Moose, 7371 Marine Rd

Dear Dunlap Lake Property Owners,

Following the membership meeting on June 22, Board members met with city administration to report the results and get their advice. Results of that meeting were reported back to the full Board and a decision was made to do additional investigation and analysis in an effort to craft a plan that would build a greater consensus among the membership.

In that effort, we conducted a survey to try to better understand what members thought about the proposed dredging and financing plans. The opinions expressed in that survey led us to further examine the proposed plans and seek alternatives.

There will be an informational meeting of the membership on Wednesday, August 31 to present those results. We will be presenting alternative dredging plans, financing plans, and assessment structures and we will be seeking membership input on all three. Member input at that meeting will help shape the question that will be put to the full membership for a vote during the month of September.

As many people who responded to the survey advocated for a written ballot sent to the full membership, that’s what we will do. Those ballots will be mailed following the August 31 meeting.

You are urged to attend the meeting and give your input. The vast majority of survey respondents (86%) agreed with the need to dredge. We need to find a way that we can come together to save Dunlap Lake.


Alan Ortbals



Lake Lowering This Fall

Dunlap Lake will be lowered about 6 feet this fall to allow residents to do shoreline and dock maintenance.

The water will be dropped around November 1 weather permitting.

If you are planning a project please submit a building permit application with drawings and a site plan as soon as possible.

Follow the link for the permit application and more information:

Dunlap Lake Association Board Meeting

Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association
Board Meeting July 25, 2016 At 7PM at 840 East Lake Drive

Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association
Board Meeting
July 25, 2016

1. Roll call-

2. Approval of minutes – June 27, 2016

3. Guest comments

4. Financial Report

5. Old Business

a. SSA

b. Annexations

6. Committee Reports

a. Fish and Wildlife – Walt

b. Legal – Al

c. Meetings, Elections & Social – Jim

d. Restrictions – Roy

e. Safety – Mark

f. Silt & Erosion – Craig

g. Web Page – Todd

h. Building – Andy

i. Common Areas – Lee

j. Dam Maintenance – Mike

k. Fireworks-Mike

7. New Business – Next meeting August 29

8. Adjournment