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

Residents Asked to Support New Fee Structure

As we all look out on our lake now, we see pontoon boats cruising and people fishing, kayaking, swimming or just enjoying the view. From the surface, however, we can’t see all the “imminent needs” for keeping the lake healthy and enjoyable. Here are some facts and information to consider as you vote to help determine the future of Dunlap Lake.

  • When the lake was dredged in the 1993 the silt was deposited on several locations including what is now the Oaks subdivision which has since been developed.
  • The South end was 8 feet deep after the 1993 dredging. It is now less than 3 feet deep. Shallow water contributes to poor water quality and algae growth. It will not be long till many of the coves are too shallow for a pontoon boat.

The existing fee structure uses lot size to determine fees. That made sense when we had empty land. Today, there is no correlation between lot size and home value or the owner’s wealth. The range of assessments is huge. One owner pays $65 and another pays $1,100.

  • The highest assessment is 17 times more than the lowest. Using the current structure to raise fees would make that inequity even worse.
  • For example, one homeowner that pays $82 is on the lake and has a pontoon boat. Across the street, off the lake, there is a smaller house that has an assessment of $900.
  • Nine of 15 residents paying under $130 live on the lake, many with docks and boats. Five of the 8 residents paying over $700 live off the lake. Many are very average homes with the assessment cost driven up because of unbuildable lots or woods.

The board chose not to add on higher fees for on-lake residents because they are already required to spend more on maintaining the lake.

  • On lake residents are required to lease the parkway adjacent to their property, maintain the shoreline and remove trees or branches that fall into the lake.
  • Everyone helps pay for commons area shore line maintenance, tree removal, mowing and other upkeep for the off-lake residents. These costs are currently 27% of our annual budget.
  • Everyone’s property values are dependent on a healthy lake.

Please consider all this as you think about your vote for a revised fee structure. It may not be perfect but it is a way for us to work together to preserve Dunlap Lake as the beautiful place we are so fortunate to call home.

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Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association

PO Box 5

Edwardsville, IL 62025