Lily Lake Summerhaven Association 

Lilly Lake, Wisconsin

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Rev. 30-Jun-2015

Welcome Message from the President

Welcome to the Lily Lake Summerhaven web site. We hope you find the information you're looking for. Feel free to contact a Board member if you need assistance with anything.

Mike Adam, President, Lily Lake Summerhaven Association, a voluntary organization of Lilly Lake residents whose purposes include community building, Neighborhood Watch, and communication and presentation of issues affecting the community to the proper authorities.

Note: The Association is most grateful to NCast Corporation for the donation of server space and technical support for this Web site.

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Click the link to the topic that interests you:
Association Information Other Lilly Lake Information Miscellaneous area information
2015 Association event calendar Lilly Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District
District Newsletters
Medical help, medication dropoff sites
Board members Water Safety on the lake (including beach pollution) and  Rules for Piers
Law enforcement, Wheatland town rules, Burning Regulations, and Security alerts and scams
Block captains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Other local events
Highlights of the May 23, 2015 meeting Photo gallery
Houses of worship
Wheatland Center School:, 262-537-2216
July 4, 2014 Parade
Lily Lake Resort Our DNR Water Guard is Conservation Warden Karen Stoll, 608-576-9123 or
Fall, 2014 Decorating Contest Emergency Preparedness Wheatland:
Town Board Agendas for the current year
2013 Holiday Lighting Contest

2014 Venetian Night boat decorating contest.
History and memories of past residents Kenosha County:
Includes information about specific properties.
Kenosha Police:
See also Sex Offender Web Sites.
Association Bylaws Grief and suicide prevention
Kenosha Community Emergency Response Team
Runaway Return: Bill Scannell at 537-4408 Homes for Sale
Businesses Run by Residents
Racine County:
Pet Czar (lost pets): Heather Kokesh 224-522-4780 or
Also see
Watercraft buy and sell
All Hazard Weather Radio: 162.450 in Kenosha and Racine counties

Board Members

Mike Adam
Mike Adam
7126 327th Ave
First Vice President
Marilyn Magnuski
7723 334th Avenue
Second Vice President
Eileen Mullins
7654 Lily Lake Road
Need a volunteer

Marc Skurski
Marc Skurski
7711 334th Ave


Block Captains

The area around Lilly Lake is broken into 12 blocks of about 20 to 25 households each. Each block has a Block Captain, who is the central contact point for information to and from the Board and for collection of dues. To see a diagram of the blocks, click here.

Block Captain Address & Email
Mike Adam
7126 327th Ave


Kelly Wilson 8003  328th Ave
Bill Scannell 33260 80th St
Marilyn Magnuski 7723 334th Ave
Sherry Bigalke 8064 335th Ave

Aridith ("Ardie") Monzel 33508 80th St
Eileen Mullins
7654 Lily Lake Road
Renee Petranich Johansen
7811 336th Ave

Bill Lill
7532  334th Ave

If you cannot reach your Block Captain and you want to discuss something urgent, please call one of the Board members.


Highlights of the May 23, 2015 Meeting

The following highlights present the main topics and issues covered during the meeting. The highlights summarize the main ideas and are not meant to be a complete verbatim transcript of the whole meeting.

Financial Report
To date, we've collected $615 in dues and a $100 donation from the Wheatland Town Board. Over half of the dues checks included something extra. Every $10 that you donate gets you an extra entry in the spring dues raffle. There were just a couple of disbursements, but the big bill (liability insurance, usually around $850) has yet to arrive.

50/50 Raffles, Consolation Prizes
Many thanks to Marc Skurski who again donated a raffle license to the Association for our 2015 raffles. The $25 license brought in about $250 last year. This license is only for same-day raffles.

Should we use the license at every summer event? Last year we hesitated to go to the well too often, but people like to take a chance. Even if we only bring in a little at the two movie nights, we're still ahead.

For the July 4 raffle, we need to go to the local businesses for some additional "consolation" prizes. If you don't win the money, you still have a chance to win a pizza or a haircut or a lawn mowing, for instance. Locals are usually happy to contribute something.

Block Captain Reports
Can't anything be done about the eyesore properties that dot our neighborhood? Some yards have been full of garbage for years. Yes, but it can take a long time (one property in Wheatland took 5 years). Contact the Town Hall and ask the Constable to pay the offenders a visit. Get on the Town agenda for especially bad cases.

A lot of homes are for sale. One in Block 6 have been vacant for over a year.

Boat Launch
The Town got a 50-50 grant to install a new boat launch. The work on the launch is in progress. Don't try to launch at the Lily Lake Resort. The water is very shallow there for a long way.

Questions arose about the dimensions of the launch. No one knew for sure. We'll ask Sheila Siegler to post the engineering report on the Town web site. The launch is precast.
[Ed. note: Sheila responded with a helpful diagram from the bidding document.]

Water Patrol
Once again, we have a new water patrol officer (Dave Zoerner) from the Sheriff's Department, who will be assisted by several alternates working staggered times. Last year's officer issued just 7 citations all summer. His approach was to educate. This year's officers may be more heavily into ticketing.

Fish Survey
Mike Adam has not had a response from the DNR biologist to talk about the fish survey. We'd like to know (in layman's terms) what they found and what we should do in the future.

Weed Treatment
There will be a weed treatment on May 26. You need to catch the weeds before rapid growth occurs. Last year we should have had a second treatment. If you see patches of milfoil starting to spread, call the Town Hall. The beach and fishing area get broader weed treatment than other areas of the lake.

Lake Quality
Phosphorus is very low (that's good). The water is clear. This is a really good lake.

Beach Improvement
There haven't been any meetings of the committee lately. The new launch was the centerpiece of the improvement. After it's done, the committee will meet to discuss next steps. Last year the Town did remove some unsightly trees and bushes around the Monument.

2015 Summerhaven Events
July 4 Parade
Jim Schneider reported that all the main participants are in place. The McKenzie's son-in-law is providing a 1964 Cadillac convertible for his in-laws to ride in (they are the grand marshals). Jim got a bunch of new flags for the kids to wave.

Many thanks, Jim, for again taking on this job and getting things in place early.

Movie & Venetian Nights
We still don't have the movies nailed down. The July night is usually an adult classic. One suggestion would be It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World.

The kids' feature in August should be a cartoon. Up and Chicken Run are movies that appeal to both adults and children. Ideally, the movie should set the theme for the Venetian Night boat decorations.

Other ideas
The problem with many of the ideas is the liability. One option is to partner with Just Live. They'll provide the liability coverage, and we'll do most of the work. We can split the proceeds.

Next Meetings

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The following notes from the spring, 2007 meeting are left here because the goose situation is still a hot topic

Dan Hirchert from USDA Wildlife Services presented a slide show about management of goose problems. The USDA gets involved with geese because they, like deer, can damage crops.

Two populations of geese: migrants and residents (Giants)
Migrants pass through our area only for short time when they migrate from Hudson Bay to southern Illinois and back again. They do not breed here.

Residents (Giants) migrate very little (only when everything here freezes). They are very productive, averaging 5 eggs per nest. They live 20 years, are adaptable, don't have many native predators, and weigh up to 15 lbs.

Damage: crops, airplanes, park areas, landscapes, water bodies, attacks on people
Resident geese can produce major crop damage, and they threaten safety near airports. E.g., in 1995, an AWACS plane flew into a flock of geese; the resulting crash killed all 24 military personnel on board.

In urban areas, they can cause property damage, decimate vegetation, contaminate water bodies, and increase erosion. They can make such a mess that people stop using parks. They are also aggressive and will charge children who are holding food or adults who surprise them while they are nesting. During their molting period (late June) when they are unable to fly, they can cause traffic accidents because they walk everywhere, including in roadways. They may create predator-proof nests in high places such as roofs. If they succeed in raising a brood somewhere, they return to the same place, and their young learn to return to the same place.

Abatement: scare away and reduce populations, educate the public
You can manage goose concentrations with various techniques: propane cannons, pyrotechnics, flagging, fencing, and increased hunting. Most of these techniques are not usable in urban areas.

Hunting laws allow high bag limits (usually 5/day) before the migrants arrive. Hunting has helped manage the exploding resident goose population. Sixty to seventy years ago, it was thought that resident geese were extinct. In 1970, the DNR estimated there were 1600 resident geese in the state. Now there are probably 155,000. The breeding population is increasing.

Education is important. People should not feed the geese. Local ordinances can help enforce that idea. If you notice birds starting to congregate, try to disperse them because they act as decoys and attract more birds.

Non-lethal abatement methods include scare devices (like blow-up figures that inflate on a timer), trained dogs, pyrotechnics, repellents, and habitat alteration. If you discourage them in one place, they will go to another nearby area.

They like a smooth transition from water to grass. So anything you can do to break up that transition, like putting a band of rocks along the shoreline, can help discourage them. Fences (plain and electric), string grids, and big plants next to the shore are other methods. For small ponds, stringing fishing line at 20-ft intervals interferes with their ability to land in the water.

Because they are so adaptable, you may have to change your disruption techniques from time to time.

Predators: skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes
Skunks, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes normally don't take on an adult goose, but they disrupt nests and will kill juvenile birds for food. One area that had resident foxes stopped having any trouble with geese because the foxes took out all the young birds.

Protected by treaty
Geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. You need a federal permit to take eggs or birds.

Population management: reduce breeding, increase mortality
It is our local decision what we'd like to do about the geese. Then we apply for the permit.

Spraying 100% corn oil on the eggs suffocates the baby geese. However, you need a permit to do this, and you need to check for new eggs that the adults might produce. By adding dye to the spray and rechecking the nest, you can see any new unsprayed eggs. If you break the eggs during the adults' fertile period, they'll just produce replacement eggs. They sit on the nests for 28 days. They're fertile for roughly 25 days of that time.

Addling (shaking) the eggs is another option, but you have to shake for a long time, and you need a permit.

Nests are hard to find. Geese love islands (for their protection) and floating bogs. They can nest under bushes and trees. And you may be attacked as you approach the nest.

2-year process to remove geese: test for contaminants, then take birds away
Removing geese takes 2 years. The first year, the USDA collects 7 birds and tests them for PCBs, mercury, lead, and pesticides. The 25 contaminant tests take a long time. The collection takes place near the end of June when the geese are molting and can't fly.

If the birds test clean (so far, only one community has tested high for PCBs), the following year the USDA harvests the agreed-upon number of birds. It is wise to leave a few birds for goose lovers to enjoy so that the community does not become divided between goose lovers and goose haters.

The birds are handled, caged, and euthanized humanely. They are sent to a licensed poultry processor, who turns the meat into gooseburger for food pantries. Smaller birds are donated to animal sanctuaries for food. So far, 1600 geese have been pantried or given to Native Americans for food, and 1800 geese have been used for animal feed.

Effectiveness: manage the big adults to allow other options to work
If you reduce the number of big adults, other less drastic options may suffice to manage the geese in subsequent years. One community hasn't contacted the USDA in 5 years after their first removal. When you have a smaller population of geese, you attract fewer migrants because there are fewer decoys.

Summary of actions
1. Reduce food and habitat.
2. Time your actions: act when the geese are nesting and flightless. That's a roughly 3-week period in June.
3. Solicit neighborhood involvement.
4. Work with law enforcement.
5. Reduce geese to tolerable levels, but don't eliminate all geese.
6. Be proactive. Don't wait until the situation is out of control. If you have a few geese now, you'll have more later.

Costs: $2000 and $2000
Dan has found a lower-cost lab. So tests for contaminants now run $2000 instead of $4000. Next year, it will cost roughly $2000 to remove some birds. There is some grant money that may help defray the cost.

Disturb the nests right now
The geese are already nesting and probably sitting on eggs. This is the time to disturb the nests.

Dan Hirchert can be reached at 1-800-433-0663. He will collect the 7 geese to test for contaminants and apply for a grant. He'll also let Ron Vollmer know when he comes so that Ardie can take pictures for the web site.

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