The Lake Margrethe Property Owners Association’s board of directors have voted unanimously to work cooperatively with the Grayling Charter Township to establish a Lake Margrethe Improvement Board because without this board, Eurasian milfoil could not be treated chemically. This board will be empowered to act in support of the environmental stability of Lake Margrethe, will become responsible for the treatment of Eurasian milfoil and will effectively confront other environmental problems encountered in Lake Margrethe. This lake board provides a mechanism for collaborative lake management which includes Grayling Charter Township, Crawford County, the county road commission, and a representative from our riparian property owners. Questions and comments will be addressed at our LMPOA membership meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and at the Grayling Township Informational meeting also in May of 2019. For now we would like to answer some of our members and friends basic questions in the Q&A shown below. Additionally the attached document from the North American Lake Management Society provides important information. Specifically, we would draw your attention to pages 30-56 on the subject of lake boards in Michigan.
Q 1. Do other communities have lake improvement boards?
A. There are many lake improvement boards fully operational in Michigan. Most have the same issues we are experiencing and from whom we can learn best practices.
Q 2. What affect will the lake board have on our lake association?
A. We expect the LMPOA to continue to support the interests of lake-area property owners and to partner with Camp Grayling in efforts to assure our beautiful lake remains a.recreational jewel. This includes investigating new methods of milfoil control that do not require chemicals.
Q 3. How have environmental and invasive species issues like milfoil been re-mediated in the past?
A. Through the generous financial support of property owners and the Camp Grayling National Guard the association has tracked the development of invasive milfoil and employed licensed professional lake management suppliers to chemically treat an average of 20 acres of lake bottom most years. We are satisfied with our remediation efforts. However, the state has issued new regulations that prevent local property associations, like ours, from managing this type chemical treatment to public waterways or lakes.
Q 4. Will the lake board have the authority to establish a special tax district to help fund needed lake improvements and invasive species controls?
A. The simple answer to this question is yes. However, you will note from the attachment that spending approval for lake projects or treatments are subjected to a number of statutory requirements. We hope most property owners will agree with the rigor of this process.
Q 5. If we have additional question prior to the public meetings where can we go for more information?
A. We suggest you check our web site or the LMPOA Facebook page for information as it becomes available to us. You also might Google "Michigan Lake Improvement Boards" see what other lake boards are doing.