Lily Lake Summerhaven Association
Welcome Message from the PresidentWelcome 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.
|Association Information||Other Lilly Lake Information||Miscellaneous area information|
|2015 Association event calendar||Lilly Lake Protection &
|Medical help, medication dropoff sites
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 August 29, 2015 meeting||Photo
Wheatland Center School: www.wheatland.k12.wi.us, 262-537-2216
|July 4, 2015 Parade
||Lily Lake Resort||Our DNR Water Guard is Conservation Warden Karen Stoll,
608-576-9123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fall, 2014 Decorating Contest||Emergency Preparedness||Wheatland:
Town Board Agendas for the current year
|2013 Holiday Lighting Contest
2015 Venetian Night boat decorating contest.
|History and memories of past residents||Kenosha County: http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/
Includes information about specific properties.
Kenosha Police: http://www.kenoshapolice.com.
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: http://www.racineco.com/.
|Pet Czar (lost pets): Heather
Kokesh 224-522-4780 or email@example.com.
Also see http://lostdogsofwisconsin.org/.
|Watercraft buy and sell
||All Hazard Weather Radio:
162.450 in Kenosha and Racine counties
7126 327th Ave
7723 334th Avenue
7654 Lily Lake Road
7711 334th Ave
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.
Email, & Phone
||7126 327th Ave
|All of 327th Ave,
7308 328th Ave,
6704 to 6906 Fox River Rd,
32811 to 33202 73rd St
||33209 to 33325
7400 to 7557 Lily Lake Rd,
7507 to 7526 332nd Ave
||VACANT||33005 to 33117 76th St,
32906 to 32926 77th St,
7625 to 7722 328th Ave,
||Kelly Wilson||8003 328th Ave
|7728 to 8225 328th Ave,
2810 80th St
||Bill Scannell||33260 80th St
|32840 to 33260
7935 to 7993 334th Ave
||Marilyn Magnuski||7723 334th Ave
|7711 to 7929 334th Ave,
7655 to 7725 Lily Lake Rd,
33609 77th St.
||Sherry Bigalke||8064 335th Ave
| 8012 to 8144 335th Ave,
8017 to 8137 336th Ave,
33509 and 33522 81st St,
33524 82nd St
||Aridith ("Ardie") Monzel||33508 80th St
|7811 to 7926 336th Ave,
33508 to 33610 80th St,
7909 to 7921 337th Ave
||7654 Lily Lake Road
|7600 to 7662 Lily Lake Rd,
33421 76th St,
7614 to 7657 335th Ave,
33418 and 33707 77th St
||Renee Petranich Johansen
||7811 336th Ave
| 7503 to 7573 335th Ave,
7558 to 7582 Lily Lake Rd
||7528 337th Ave
| 7606 335th Ave
7503 to 7561 336th Ave,
33606 to 33618 76th St,
7503 to 7549 337th Ave
||7532 334th Ave
|7508 to 7552 334th Ave,
33323 to 33405 75th St,
7510 to 7540 Lily Lake Rd
If you cannot reach your Block Captain and you want to discuss something urgent, please call one of the Board members.
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.
In general things are quiet. Block 6 had one case of vandalism
(portable garage slashed) and one instance of a drunk disturbing
the peace at a home in the middle of the night.
We badly need Block Captains. Put the block areas on the web site
so that people know the exact boundaries.
The launch will be stored for the winter.
Milfoil was starting to spread in places. There was a debate about whether to treat it now or hit it in the spring. The Town decided to treat 2.9 acres now.
Goose droppings have closed the beach. They like to congregate on flat areas around the lake, especially the south end.
One homeowner has had good luck putting dollar-store pinwheels all over her beach. Shiny balloons also help; geese don't like shiny things. We have a permit to oil eggs in the spring, but there are no nests around now.
The fish survey showed that we have too many small, stunted panfish. (See Mike Adam's article in the July 2015 Lilly Lake Newsletter at http://www.townwheatland.com/LillyLakeProt&RehabDist/LLProt&Rehab.html.) We need predators. The DNR is stocking 174 Northern Pike. The Protection District will spend up to $1500 of our goose control money to buy additional predators.
One homeowner no longer sees bluegills while another reported
seeing many of them.
The water appears hazier lately. Are there more algae, like at the Chain O' Lakes?
Tests show that water quality is at or better than average. Our recent rains may have brought in extra nutrients.
This new invasive species easily gets caught on propellers. People have to clean off their boats after they've been on a lake. Does the signage at the boat launch warn about transferring invasives and the fine for not cleaning your boat? The police can pull you over if they see weeds hanging from your boat as you travel.
A lot more people are coming to Lilly Lake since the launch was
Election of Officers
2015 Summerhaven Events
July 4 Parade
The parade was great. Jim Schneider once again did an excellent job.
Next year's parade will be on Saturday, July 2. We are grateful
that Jim will serve as chairman again.
Movie & Venetian Nights
The July movie night had to be canceled due to storms in the area.
The LEGO Movie and LEGO-themed Venetian night went well
with 4 entries in the boat decorating contest. We need more
publicity for this event.
Holiday Lighting Contest
This year we have a winter decorating contest on December 19 and 20.
The committee painted the swing sets in spring. (Many thanks to the Mullins family for donating the paint.) There will be a fall meeting to plan the next step.
What hours does the Constable work? Usually evenings between 5 and 8 PM. He has a day job in Twin Lakes.
[Ed. note: After the meeting, Kelly Wilson reported that in June, 2015, the Constable worked 19 days totaling 109.75 hours, which is typical.]
Cars, garbage trucks, and UPS drivers come speeding down some of
the hills. It's frightening. People call the Town Hall,
but nothing happens.
Call the Dispatch number. They'll send a Sheriff's squad. The Sheriff's Dept is on duty 24 x 7. We pay taxes to have them; so use them.
Labor of Love Music Festival September 6
Kelly Wilson says that this year's festival will be the biggest and best yet. They have 130 volunteers and lots of kids' activities. The money stays in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties. In 6 years, the festival has brought in over $500,000.
DAN HIRCHERT (USDA WILDLIFE
SERVICES): GUIDELINES FOR CANADA GOOSE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT IN
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.