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|
|2014 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 May 10, 2014 meeting||Photo
Wheatland Center School: www.wheatland.k12.wi.us, 262-537-2216
|July 4, 2014 Parade
||Lily Lake Resort||Our DNR Water Guard is Conservation Warden Karen Stoll,
608-576-9123 or email@example.com
|Fall, 2012 Decorating Contest||Emergency Preparedness||Wheatland:
Town Board Agendas for the current year
|2013 Holiday Lighting Contest
2013 Venetian Night boat decorating contest.
|History and memories of past residents||Kenosha County:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
33260 80th St
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.
||7126 327th Ave
||Kelly Wilson||8003 328th Ave
||Bill Scannell||33260 80th St
||Marilyn Magnuski||7723 334th Ave
||Sherry Bigalke||8064 335th Ave
||Aridith Monzel||33508 80th St
||7654 Lily Lake Road
||Renee Petranich Johansen
||7811 336th Ave
||7532 334th Ave
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.
Disbursements this past year came to $1298.24. Main expenses were for insurance, contest prizes, parade costs, and the yearly State filing fee. Our biggest expense by far is for insurance: $842 this year. Treasurer Marc Skurski checked with 3 other insurers. Nothing lower was available.
Can we go without insurance? No! The Town will not allow us to
run any events without liability insurance. Also, the Officers
must have Directors & Officers coverage. Otherwise, they could
lose all their personal assets if we are ever sued. No one could
be expected to serve under that type of threat. The root problem
is that people sue for everything these days.
Have we ever been sued? No, but that's no guarantee that it will
So far, we've received $485 in dues. Last year, dues were up 28%.
Block Captain Reports
Kathie Cashman resigned as BC 9 due to health and family problems.
Our BC situation is a big concern. There are every few
functioning BCs. We get a volunteer, who then doesn't do the job
and/or quits. This organization needs personal contact in the
blocks to thrive. If you'd like to serve in one of the vacant
blocks, please contact Mike
One resident at the meeting reported that a screen was pried off,
or perhaps the wind ripped it off. No one got into the house.
Police told the resident that we have a big drug issue in our
On some roads, bushes and tree branches stick out into the road.
When two cars pass, they scrape the foliage and can get damaged.
Please cut back anything that grows into the road.
Lilly Lake Rehabilitation and Protection District Meeting
Note: Marilyn's notes on the meeting are on the Protection District page of this web site. Several specific lake issues were discussed.
Lilly Lake is in really good shape. Phosphorus is steady. Clarity is excellent. It was 18.5 ft two weeks ago. The murkiest time is July - August, and even then the reading was about 10 ft last year. Last September, the reading was about 13 ft.
The muffled ice bikes were fine, but some people run with just a pipe (no muffler). They are very loud and can rattle your windows. The bikers made a bigger track. If you hear a bike without a muffler, call the Constable. All other vehicles in this State have a decibel maximum, but ice bikes don't. The only thing you can report is muffler or no muffler.
Prevention should be maximized before we discuss sewer installation. The biggest lake polluters are malfunctioning septics, fertilizer runoff from lawns, and geese. The Kenosha sanitarian needs a reason to dye test septic systems. If you see something irregular, e.g., wet spots during a drought, smelly water ponding, call the Town. The sewer issue will be discussed at the August Rehab District meeting. Four years ago, we were told that sewers would not be installed in our lifetimes.
We have a $25 Class B license that expires on Oct 30. It's a day-of license: The raffle must be held on the day the chances are sold, and the winner must be present to win. Besides a 50-50 cash raffle, we can also raffle other donated items. We can use the license to hold raffles at the parade and on movie nights. Each raffle must be reported to the State.
A subcommittee has been looking into beach beautification to show off our lake better. Some preliminary sketches show concepts for the playground through the swimming beach and the area around the boat launch. Landscaper Ken Volbrecht is donating his time to come up with ideas. There are DNR-approved low-maintenance plants and native grasses that could replace the jungle of weeds on the hill near the boat launch. Two big requirements are handicap access and fire tender restocking (trucks fill up with lake water that then can be used to fight fires).
This is a long-term project. It will not be cheap, although some
ideas like repainting the playground equipment can be done at low
cost. We'll have to go for grants and fundraisers. The job now is
to come up with a master plan that we can implement in stages over
Fixing the boat launch is a minimum of $30,000. The Town has an
opportunity to try for a 50-50 DNR grant for recreational boating
facilities. The application has to be in by June 1.
The monument also needs work: cut back bushes, take out dead
trees, perhaps install a gazebo or shelter.
The subcommittee welcomes all input. Contact Mike Adam or Supervisor Kelly Wilson.
Beach Road Safety
The Town has grappled with ideas to get people to slow down near the beach. A dog was hit not long ago. The SLOW signs on the pavement will be repainted. Little plastic flagmen (like the ones near schools) will be installed. The Constable and Sheriff will pay attention to the problem. A few tickets should get the message across. Report speeders.
July 4 Parade
Planning is on target. We have the Town's approval, yearly donation, and promise to provide barricades and barrels. The Fire Dept, Constable, and Sheriff are on board. Jerry Greil is our Grand Marshal. He was a dog handler during the Vietnam War. We should invite all veterans to march in the parade.
Shouldn't we give our GMs something permanent to mark the
occasion, e.g., a plaque (approx $30 engraved)? They can take the
magnetic sign on the convertible. After you have a bunch of
plaques, knowing what to do with them becomes a problem.
How about something permanent at the monument, e.g., a plaque or
pavers with the names of all past GMs? That would be a public
acknowledgement of their contribution.
On July 19, we'll show the movie Goonies. This will be the more teen / adult movie night.
On August 9, we'll show Frozen, which will also be the
theme of the Venetian Night boat contest. This is the more
kid-friendly movie night. We hope the memories of winter will have
faded by this time.
Future Dates of Interest
August 23 is our fall meeting.
October 25-26 is the fall decorating contest.
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.