Fall Bonfire is Saturday Oct. 18

The Fall Bonfire and Social will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th. The location is 113 W. Lake Dr.

Hot dogs, brats, and s’mores will be provided. We need people to bring chili, a side dish or a dessert to share.

If you have a fire pit we could use please let Jim Seubert know. Friends, family and neighbors are welcome to attend with you.

E-mail Carolyn at carolyn@dunlaplake.org  so we know how many will be attending and what you plan to bring.

Please Join in the 6th Annual Adult Fishing Tourney

The Adult Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 12th at 510 W. Lake Dr.

There will be a shotgun start at sunrise. You must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Two people are allowed per boat. Specific rules for the tournament will be posted at www.DunlapLake.org two weeks prior to the event.

Don’t miss this great event! Friends and family are welcome to fish if they are in a boat with a resident.

E-mail Walt Heck waltheckwalt@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Divers Inspect Dam Silo

On Labor Day divers went down and inspected the silo of the dam. The 75-year old structure is intact.

The divers will be presenting a recommendation for repairs and how the Association can keep the equipment in good condition.

Thanks to Walt Heck for coordinating this project!

Assessment Update

There were 317 votes (56%) in favor of a $500 annual assessment fee per voting lot and 245 (44%) against it. Anyone who’s assessment bill was under $500 should have received an invoice from City & Village for the remaining balance. The few individuals who paid more than that will get a credit toward next year’s bill.

Mark Your Calendar

  • October 12- Adult Fishing Tourney @ 5:30 a.m., 510 W. Lake Dr.
  • October 18 - Bonfire @ 7 p.m., 113 W. Lake Dr.
  • December 6 - Holiday Social @ 7 p.m., Fox Creek Golf Course Clubhouse, 6555 Fox Creek Dr.

Membership Approves Assessment

Sheffel and Boyle accountants collected and counted the votes from the recent election. There were 317 votes (56%) in favor of a $500 annual assessment fee per voting lot and 245 (44%) against it.

DUNLAP LAKE VOTE REPORT

The change in assessments takes effect immediately. Supplemental bills will be going out later this month for those whose assessments were less than $500. Anyone who paid over $500 will receive a credit toward next year’s assessment. As always, just e-mail carolyn@dunlaplake.org if you have questions or concerns and Carolyn Green will do her best to find the answers for you.

August Dunlap Lake News Letter

Who is responsible?

Homeowners asked to vote YES on new fee
structure so lake clean up efforts can begin 

In some of the recent discussions about raising fees to start addressing silt issues in the lake there have been a number of questions about whether the City or the Corps of Engineers should be held responsible for the silt running off into lake.

The board does not think that is feasible. We checked in with the St. Louis Regulatory Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which confirmed that when it comes to run-off of silt and debris from adjacent uplands, developments, etc. the Corps does not typically get involved unless it is directly associated with a permitted activity (per Section 404 of the Clean Water Act regulations).

Any improvements, construction activities or changes to our lake, it’s wetlands, and tributaries in our watershed does fall under the jurisdiction of the Corp of Engineers and in some instances the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  But their involvement in our lake is primarily approving and monitoring permitted work.

Approval/permitting is needed for any work done by private citizens as well as organizations and municipalities. Examples of work that may need permits include dredging, clearing of brush/trees, constructing culverts, bridges, roads, dams, rip rapping or other work impacting a tributary’s stream bed or flood area or wetland area.

The City has a responsibility to enforce ordinances and laws in areas that fall under their jurisdiction.  They, like other groups, are responsible for following statutes and laws that fall under the Corp of Engineers jurisdiction. The City approves development plans and those plans must comply with laws and ordinances regarding storm water retention and discharge. The City does not have jurisdiction over the restriction of silt or debris entering our lake (limiting it or forcing others to limit it) unless it is in the city limits and violates city ordinances or state/federal laws.

We can and frequently do ask the City to enforce contractors use of silt fences. But as for the silt that has accumulated over the years from many different sources, there is no law requiring the City, the Corps, or anyone else to clean it up. There is nothing to enforce. Therefore, the Board feels that spending time and money trying to assign responsibility for the current silt build up will do nothing to help fix it.

If the vote is successful, the board intends to begin the process of purchasing and developing land to use as a silt depository and to get the permitting necessary to dredge and construct an area at the south end to trap silt and debris. We hope you will vote YES and get your ballot mailed and postmarked by Monday, August 11.

City Starts Rental Registration

Properties must meet Health and Fire/Life Safety Code Standards

On January 1, 2014 The City of Edwardsville adopted an ordinance establishing a Rental Registration and Inspection program. A copy of this ordinance is available on the City’s website at www.cityofedwardsville.com (or go to this index page and type Rental in the search bar at the top https://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14058)

The purpose of the Rental Registration and Inspection Program is to assure that rental housing in the City is maintained in a good, safe and sanitary condition and be sure it does not create a nuisance or blighted condition to its surroundings.

Dunlap Lake homeowners who rent their property must now notify both Carolyn Green, our lake administrative coordinator, AND Denise Thibault the new Rental Inspection Coordinator for the City of Edwardsville Public Works department each year that a property is being rented. Ms. Thibault can be reached at rentalregistration@cityofedwardsville.com or 692-2331 if you have questions or concerns about registering your rental property.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mon. Aug 11 - Ballots must be postmarked
Oct. 2014 – Bonfire date to determined soon
Sat. Dec. 6 – Holiday Social (mark your calendars)

Neighborhood Meetings Scheduled

Thanks to the families who have volunteered to host meetings and have invited neighbors to ask questions directly to board members. We have not had as much interest as hoped.

On Wednesday there will be a meeting of Park Drive residents at Marcia Wever’s house and there will be a general meeting next Tuesday at Bart and Meg Solon’s home for anyone anywhere on the lake who wants to attend. You are welcome to attend either.

  • 6 p.m. Wed., July 30 at 216 Park Drive
  • 7 p.m. Tues., August 5 at 607 East Lake Drive

Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail or calling me if you can attend. Bring a neighbor if possible.

If you have not seen the Frequently Asked Questions that was sent out via e-mail on July 15 please click on the white button below or go to our website (scroll down below the big crappie catch). I can also e-mail it as a Word document if you would be willing to print it to share with neighbors who might not have e-mail.

Thanks,
Carolyn Green
Board Administrative Assistant
618-791-1398