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Coffee Hour by Derrick Morey

“Come join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 9-10:30 at the pavilion on the beach for some coffee and doughnuts!

We will start on Memorial Day weekend (Saturday), and go through September.  A $1-$5 donation is appreciated (to cover costs) but not required.  Hope to see you all there!”

Disclaimer: this is not an officially sponsored club event, as it is arranged and conducted as a separate entity, although many club members are regular participants, and it’s a great way to get to meet the neighbors.

Board Meeting – Barnes Lake Club – April 6, 2022

Board Meeting—Barnes Lake Club

April 6th, 2022

Meeting called to order at 7:02 PM

Board Members Present: Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Derek Morey, Brian Menard, and Alex Nikora. Absent: Pam Reid, Teresa Rolland

Guests: Jackie & Cory Compeau, Burns Rolland.

Minutes of Last Meeting: Pat Betcher made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting and was seconded by Cece Stramsak. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Pat Betcher asked about the electric bill and Cece explained the months that it covered. Brian Menard made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report and was seconded by Lacy Minard. Motion passed.

Membership Update:  Cece was still getting them in at the time of the meeting but estimated that at least 90 to 100 people have joined.

Bills for Payment: None

Special Events Reports:

  • A. Christmas House Décor: Derek let us know that while there was great participation many of the really well decorated homes weren’t members therefore aren’t able to win.
  • B. Future Events (Garage sale, first concert): Cece let Brain know what to do as far as advertising goes for the lake wide garage sale in June. Derek will have a band for us on June 11th
  • C. Observers: Since our March mailing went out late and to save on all the paper and postage it was decided we will have a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter Observer this year. Pat Betcher made a motion to cut back to two Observers for the year and was seconded by Derek Morey. Motion passed.
  • D. Annual Picnic: We are in need of a volunteer to organize the raffle prizes for the annual picnic this year. We talked to Pat about seeing if Teresa Keeling would be willing to work on the project since she helped on it last year.

PayPal and BLC Website Update:  PayPal has been working well and people have been using it to pay dues. Shanna Mills took over the BLC website and it looks great!

Beach/Pavilion Maintenance Report:  Alex reported that the gate was opened as soon as the ice broke. Everything is unlocked and working well.

Park Lot Maintenance:  The stakes that were pulled up on V lot have been fixed. Burns asked Davis to come out and resurvey for us. New markers have been put in the ground. At least 40 people were caught coming onto the lake via S lot over the winter. Alex and Brian Reeser were helpful in removing nonresidents from the lake. Burns helped cut down the tree that was overhanging the water on G lot. There are 53 boats registered so far but if Alex doesn’t receive people’s registrations soon, he will let spots go. Brian Menard brought up the fact that a neighbor is letting their dogs use a park lot as a bathroom and not cleaning it up. We talked about posting signs on the lot to hopefully discourage the behavior and if that doesn’t work having a discussion with them.

Scouting Report:  Teresa was gone but Alex gave a report earlier in the meeting about having the Scouts out to ice fish. They came out from 2 until dark and caught quite a few fish and a dandy bass.

Barnes Lake Improvement Board:  Burns informed us that due to the outbreak of the bird flu there would be no goose round up this year. They will allow egg collection but that’s it. We are signed up for weed spray. A survey of the lake will be done soon but they hope to have the first spray before May 1st to cut off the algae growth and before spraying restrictions go into effect. The dredging is going to begin on G lot soon. The amount removed will be 215’ long, 15’ wide, and 2’ in depth of silt.

Correspondence: none

Old Business:

  • A. Lawsuit: Pam has requested that we schedule a closed meeting about our newest progress on April 20th at 6 PM.

New Business: 

  • A. Fireworks: We need a 40 to 50% deposit ($4500). Using the donations from the Steve Shea memorial fund we will have a massive show this year but a normal time frame.
  • B. Donations: Burns brought up having boxes around the neighborhood for monetary donations to the fireworks. Pat talked about roaming donations and Derek said he’d drive his golf cart around to collect. Lacy mentioned incentivizing homes that were having parties and rewarding the highest donators with prizes.
  • C. Neighborhood Creeper: Pat’s neighbor called to tell him that a person was walking around his home and another neighbor’s two days in a row. She got the plate number and a picture of the car. Pat will call the local police department to see if he can get any guidance.
  • D. Forest Place: Burns advised the family that lives on one side of the Forest Place easement to get approval before making any moves to do landscaping or construction on the lot. The home has been having water issues that need to be addressed and the problem is the water overflowing from Forest Place. Burns was informed by the Road Commission that they had abdicated the road to the Barnes Lake Club.

The next meeting will be May 4th, 2022, at 7 PM.

Cece Stramsak made a motion to adjourn and was seconded by Alex Nikora. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:43 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Lacy Minard

Board Meeting – Barnes Lake Club – November 3, 2021

Board Meeting—Barnes Lake Club

November 3, 2021

Meeting called to order at 7:02 PM

Board Members Present: Pam Reid, Del Shoopman, Lacy Minard, Cece Stramsak, Pat Betcher, Teresa Rolland, Brian Menard, and Alex Nikora. Absent: Derek Morey

Guests: Jackie & Cory Compeau, Burt Bentley, Tom Petts, Burns Rolland.

Minutes of Last Meeting: Cece Stramsak made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting and was seconded by Cece Del Shoopman. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Brian Menard made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report and was seconded by Lacy Minard. Motion passed.

Membership Update:  We have 246 this year and membership is closed. Anyone who pays from this point forward will go towards 2022.

Bills for Payment: None

Special Events Reports:

  • A. Halloween Party 10/16: There were only 46 people that attended this year vs. over 60 the previous years. Pam could have used more volunteers. Since Fantasy Forest and Lapeer downtown trick or treat was the same day we think it affected the attendance. We’ll see if we need to change the dates next year so they don’t fall on the same day.
  • B. Christmas Lights Contest: Will be one day this December, the 18th.
  • C. Fishing Contest: The last day is October 31st. John didn’t attend the meeting but did send Cece an update on the winners in all the categories. They will be able to be viewed on the website. Congrats to all the winners!
  • D. Spring Observer: The spring edition will go out in mid-May. Cece explained the difference between the March mailing and the spring, summer, and fall Observers.

Beach/Pavilion Maintenance Report:  Alex reported that the buoys are all out of the water and he’ll put the toys away and mow the lawn one more time before the snow flies. Alex asked if Justin could take over the grass cutting as his back is in really bad shape. A motion was made to pay for the lawn work to be done for $65 by Pat Betcher and seconded by Lacy Minard. Motion carried. Alex also pointed out that there will need to be work done to the building soon.

Park Lot Maintenance:  There are a few boats left on lots that will need to be gone soon. We will be locking the gate after the first ice. The dock registration information was sent out this week. Alex will have the Lot V stakes fixed soon.

Scouting Report:  Teresa reported that the bucket camp out at the Morey residence was a success. There were 10 Scouts and 3 leaders. One Scout got his cooking rank and two more had rank achievements.

Barnes Lake Improvement Board:  Burns let us know that they’ve paid for the permit revision and he hopes they can get it approved this fall. The dredging will move forward before there’s ice unless they can’t find the right bag to pump into. The bag will allow the water to flow back into the lake but trap the silt. We’ll need silt fencing or a curtain to control the flow of the silt that does flow back.

Correspondence: none

Old Business:

  • A. Barnes Lake Club using PayPal: It will be ready by December 1st. Lacy or Derek will make a flyer for the March mailing on how to use it.
  • B. Park Lot V survey: Has been completed and paid for.
  • C. Lawsuit: No new information.
  • D. Tree Cutting: Tree cutting is on the docket for this winter at some of the park lots
  • E. Fish Stocking: Alex has the permit ready and will be stocking perch and walleye as soon they’re available.

New Business: 

  • A. Website: Stacey Staples is ready to step down as our webmaster. She will have a conversation with Brian Menard about the amount of maintenance involved in taking over the website and they will go from there.

The next meeting will be April 6, 2022 and Del Shoopman will chair.

Cece Stramsak made a motion to adjourn and was seconded by Brian Menard. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Lacy Minard

Geese Update by Laurie Petts

All paperwork was completed this year for the Nest/Egg Destruction on Barnes Lake. 

Goose Busters was able to come out and get 9 nests and 48 eggs. 

Our information was submitted to the DNR.  Unfortunately, the Goose Round-Up program has been cancelled for this year due to High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).  Relocation of Canada geese has the risk of transporting HPAI around the state and facilitating the spread of the virus. 

Next year we should be able to resume a normal round up program.  Thank you and have a great summer!

“Weed Talk” by Burns Rolland

You may have noticed some activity on the lake initiated by Barnes Lake Improvement Board. Among these efforts in 2022 are:

  • Spring Phosphorus water sampling, Cooperative Lake Management Program
  • Chlorophyl Sampling, CLMP, by lake volunteers, throughout boating season
  • Watershed Study, conducted by Clarke Aquatics
  • Secchi Disk, Water Turbidity Depth measurements, CLMP, by lake volunteers
  • Inlet Channel Dredging (Conducted by Savin) and Spoils Removal
  • Summer Phosphorus water sampling, CLMP, by lake volunteers

We have experienced algae issues just after ice out on Barnes Lake during the last several years. The Lake Improvement Board has scheduled Clarke to spray for algae control & other weeds this week by Thursday, April 28, 2022.
Also note that there have been reports of outboard engine overheating due to shallow waters at south end of lake, caused by sediments plugging of cooling system. It is advised to use your trim systems to run above sediment until further notice.

Burns Rolland, Chairman of Lake lmprovement Board

Click Here to View the Secchi Disk results from 2021

2021 Winter Holiday Decor Contest Winners

  • Scott & Theresa Herrick – 1290 Lakeshore Drive
  • Matthew & Stacy Stapels – 1119 Lakeshore Drive
  • Gary Macha – 832 Lakeshore Drive
  • Mark & Kerry Ludwig – 790 Lakeshore Drive
  • Bernice Conrad – 1330 Lakeshore Drive
  • Phillip Brewer & Amy Shea – 737 Lakeshore Drive
  • Lawrence Delonnay – 1107 Lakeshore Drive
  • Debra Shea – 480 Peninsula Drive

Thank you for making the Season bright!!!

Congratulations!