The WLMD will continue the roadside weed pickup program this summer. LAKE WEEDS ONLY can be placed on the roadside for pickup. Please make sure the pile is close to the side of the road and not setting back up against a building or tree line. We will not be picking up "ice-off" debris. Do not put lake sediment, dirt, rocks, branches, garbage or other debris in the pile. The pile WILL NOT be picked up if anything other than weeds are on the pile. Piles must be out by noon on Mondays to be picked up between Monday and Wednesday evening.
The pickup dates for 2021 are: June 1st, 15th, 29th; July 13th, 20th, 27th; August 10th, 17th, 31st; September 14th, 21st, 28th; and October 12th, 26th.
The 2021 Annual Meeting was held on September 7th at the Norway Town Hall. Prior to the meeting, District stakeholders had the opportunity to view the new harvester and ask questions of the harvesting crew. Special thanks to Mike Bluemel for providing the truck and driver that moved the harvester to Town Hall for viewing.
The highlights of the meeting included Chairman Bluemel speaking on the accomplishments of 2021 and the plan for 2022. The major accomplishment this year was the purchase of the harvester from Inland Harvesting in Burlington. Starting up a harvesting program was also a huge accomplishment and even with the challenge of low lake levels, the first year of harvesting was a great success and will provide a base to build on. The harvesting totals included 202 staff hours, which included training and maintenance hours. The harvesting produced 59 cutter loads for a total of 23,000 cubic feet of weeds removed. The plan for 2022 is to increase harvesting hours and to develop a new five year Aquatic Plant Management Plan.
Treasurer Jeremy Sauld reviewed the proposed budget, including a breakdown of each line item. Sauld also mentioned that Casanova’s has offered to shrink wrap the harvester at no charge this year, saving the District about $1500. It was also mentioned that Jerry Kotarek was very fair in his billing for trucking services, which also saved the District. Sauld also explained the proposed change to the billing process, with each taxable property in the District being charged a lake fee.
After Bluemel read the proposed resolution into the record, there was a motion from the floor to approve the resolution as presented. The motion was seconded and then the stakeholders were provided an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. The most common topic was the need for a goose roundup in 2022. After the public comment section was complete, a voice vote was held with unanimous support of the resolution.
Shortly after the Annual Meeting, the Board held a brief meeting to elect officers. The officer positions remained unchanged with Mike Bluemel as Chairman, Ron Mayer as Secretary, and Jeremy Sauld as Treasurer.