News

Boating Safety Courses-CANCELLED

05/27/2020

Attention: Lauderdale Lakes Community 

MEMO: Cancelation of LLLEP June Boating Safety Classes 



This letter is a written notification that as of today (May 27th, 2020) our Lauderdale Lakes Law Enforcement Patrol June Boating Safety Classes for 2020 will be canceled at the LaGrange Town Hall.  After communication with the Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources and in response to the ongoing Health issues surrounding COVID-19 the decision to cancel both of the June Boating Safety Classes has been made in the interest of protecting Instructors, Parents, and Students enrolled in these classes.  Notification will be made to all students currently enrolled in the safety classes and this letter serves as notice to our lake community members of the cancelation due to the unfortunate situation ongoing. 

 

Provided here is the website link for Parents, Students, or Community Members to enroll in the online boating safety course option for certification in WI.  This website also provides the opportunity to obtain a DNR Customer Identification Number online which will be needed for course enrollment.  

 

Online Boating Safety Course: 

https://dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorskills/onlineEd.html 

 

Our Lauderdale Lakes Law Enforcement Patrol Boating Instructors look forward to working with students in the future when it is safe for all to resume instruction in a classroom setting in person. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Lauderdale Lakes Law Enforcement Patrol 

Spring 2020 News

Lauderdale Lakes Lake Management District - Spring 2020

As we have entered a new decade and now a new boating season all while sheltering in place, I thought it would be an opportunity to review the activities of the Lake District.  Although we are unable to meet, your board has been very busy at work making improvements on many fronts.

As a sign of the times, I have a special request:  If anyone has or knows of a source for the Lake District to purchase hand sanitizing bottles and disinfectant wipes, we would appreciate your help.  Please contact any of the board members.  We are in need of such items as we open both the Water Safety Patrol and the Golf Course.  I thank Jeff Angst who has provided us with masks free of charge from a local source.

The following is a brief update and review of some of the issues and activities that we are currently working on.

Outflow Dam:               Commissioner Jim Kroeplin, on behalf of the Lake District, has finalized the dam improvements and we should be receiving the final Grant funding any day now. The improvements to the dam are the final leg of the Lauderdale water outflow system.  Previously, the District oversaw the improvements of the culverts water flow under Sterlingworth Drive.  This action substantially increased the flow of water to the dam, clearly resulting in fewer “high water” or “slow no wake” days.  Now the water will flow unimpeded over the dam and down the Honey Creek.  The dam is now safer and the water flow is far less likely to ever be blocked by dam debris.  A blockage of debris in the dam could have caused a backup of water within our entire lakes area.  I thank Jim Kroeplin and all who have worked on the Culverts and Dam, as the resulting system is much improved. 

Aquatic Plants:            As a result of Greg Wisniewski’s efforts, we have just received a DNR Grant commitment for a required Aquatic Plant Study of the lakes.  The study is quite detailed and shows plant migration patterns in the lakes.  It is also required as a part of the cutting program permit.  The new season of plant harvesting will be starting very soon.

Watershed Study:         One of the purposes of the Lake District it to protect and maintain the environmental and recreational values of the lake.  The Lake is the spring fed head water of the Honey Creek; it also receives waters from all of the surrounding watershed areas that flow into the lake.  Past watershed studies have resulted in the District purchasing or leasing lands to create settling basins or areas planted with dense vegetation to improve the quality of the water entering into the Lake.  New studies are recommended from time to time as surrounding land uses or zoning changes may occur.  The DNR will help with grant funding and we will be looking for volunteers to help work with our engineer in gathering and preparing information to be assembled for such a study.  This project will likely be a three-year effort but one that we feel is extremely important at this time.  

We have recently had a few significant rains which carried mud and debris toward the lake.  Along with the Town of LaGrange, we are in the process of addressing some of these drainage areas now, as they may be able to be mitigated before or concurrent with the overall study.

Safety Patrol:   Ron Diedrich and Chief Ken Blanke are busy making preparations as the season begins particularly with regard to the social distancing requirements that keep evolving.  One patrol boat has been launched and is now kept at the Town’s boat house should an early season need arise.  

Please note that if you were born after January 1, 1989 and you wish to operate a PWC or motorized boat you need to have taken a boating safety class.  The Lauderdale Lakes Water Patrol is offering two such classes in 2020. They are June 13-14 and June 27– 28, they begin at 8:30 a.m. ending at 4:00 p.m.  More information can be found on the Lake District website.

Town of LaGrange:      The Town of LaGrange is installing buoys in the water as this is being written.  Please regard the boating rules even in the absence of certain buoys. 

Walworth County:        Walworth County has recently issued the following statement:

Guidance for Seasonal/Second Homeowners:

The Walworth County Division of Public Health requests that seasonal and second homeowners remain at their primary residence for the duration of the Safer at Home Order. This request applies to both in-state and out-of-state travelers. If travelers choose to relocate to a second home in Wisconsin, they should be prepared to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. Public health recommends bringing groceries and essentials, as self-quarantine does not permit shopping at local stores for supplies.

For more information please go to:       https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/travel.htm

Boat Speaker Noise:     Our board has received complaints about excessive volume and inappropriate content, from boats with elevated speaker systems.  If you live on the lake you undoubtedly know what the discussion is about.  The lake environment is for everyone’s enjoyment, we therefore ask all boaters to use common courtesy for their neighbors.  If you are asked to turn your volume down, please do so or move on to another location.  If you are not skiing and do not need those speakers on, please enjoy the internal speakers in your boat.  We would much rather inform the users of these audio systems of their downside and ask for cooperation and respect for their fellow lake residents than to have to create laws prohibiting certain volumes. 

Golf Course:     As this is written the golf course is closed. However, as of April 24thwe will be able to open the course for play, although the clubhouse must remain closed.  Carts will NOT be available and various “social distancing guidelines” will dictate other changes.   For information on tee times and the continuing changes relative to COVID – 19, please call the clubhouse at 262-742-2454.

Sparky has taken several bunkers out of play and has improved sand in the remaining traps.  The cutting of the grass has been improved with several pieces of newer equipment.   Sparky has worked hard to make improvements to keep the course in the great shape it has been in.  Hopefully, we will have a full season of great golfing weather.

Kristy has also been hard at work preparing for a new season.  We have purchased a new Point of Sale system; this will not only help our efficiency, but it should provide information to afford better data for decision making and future programming.  

Clubhouse:       We have made some improvements to the Clubhouse primarily to ensure its safety and basic preservation.  These recent improvements will give us more time with the buildings so that we may systematically discuss and take our time to come to well thought out conclusions on how to handle our aging buildings.   With the advent of the COVID – 19, this year will likely present many challenges.  Therefore, the board does not feel that this would be the time to enter into a major decision on a clubhouse building project. 

However, for your review and future discussion, the cost estimates received at the end of last year from Focus Engineering on renovation or rebuilding of the clubhouse are below and will be posted on the website.  This newer information combined with previous information should help us to accurately predict and assess the job conditions we may encounter whether we remodel, repair or rebuild all or part of it.

Focus Engineering estimates the following costs to either remodel or rebuild the existing clubhouse in its current location.  

Remodeling will likely range between $431,551 and $719,250; with their estimate at $575,400.

Rebuilding will likely range between $695,640 and $941,160; with their estimate at $818,000.

Rebuilding could be done in either the existing location or moving the building to have more direct access from Sterlingworth Dr.  Moving the clubhouse location would involve creating more parking, rebuilding the septic system, water well and likely making some golf course changes.  The additional cost of moving the building has been estimated at approximately $500,000; therefore, should the clubhouse be rebuilt in a new location the estimated total cost would be approximately $1,441,160 (the high side estimate for the building cost - plus the estimate of $500,000 for changes to the course, parking etc.)  Of course, final building specifications and details need to be identified.

This information is included for informational purpose only and long-range planning.  As said above, we do not plan on voting on this matter this year.

Piers:               If you are considering building or having a new pier built or significantly remodeled, you are required to get a pier permit.  The Lake District handles the inspection process for the permit which is issued under the Towns authority.  If the pier is found to be compliant (within the Towns pier ordinance) the permit is issued. However, should the pier require a variance or be in a sensitive area it will require a hearing for a variance. The hearing and enforcement are handled by the Towns of LaGrange or Sugar Creek.  For information regarding the pier requirements please contact the Lake District or one of the Towns.

The District and the Town of LaGrange are currently reviewing some of the provisions within the Town Pier Ordinance.

Septic Systems:                State law requires every standard septic system to be pumped minimally once every three years.  The Lake District does this for most electors.  This activity allows for the District to be aware of any systems that may breach or threaten to harm our lake resource.  Should you have questions about the program please let Commissioner Summers know.

Highway 12:                 Four lane Highway 12 runs from Richmond, Illinois northwest by Lake Geneva and terminates on the north side of Elkhorn. The route of the road had been planned to extend directly from its point of termination in Elkhorn to the bypass road around Whitewater, this unbuilt section of roadway is often referred to as the “Red Line”.  Due to various reasons, mainly budgeting, the Red Line section of the road was not built. Therefore, traffic heading toward Whitewater generally uses the existing 12/67 which travels along the east side of Lauderdale Lakes and the west side of Pleasant Lake. 

Significant increases in traffic are using the existing Hwy 12/67 and unfortunately this has led to a higher accident count along the route.  The Lake District has consistently supported the completion of an environmental impact study along the Red Line.  The study is precedent to the funding and building of the actual road along the Red Line route. 

The ultimate resolution to this overcrowded stretch of roads is for the construction of the Red Line route which would relieve the bulk of traffic passing our lakes toward Whitewater. This would undoubtedly reduce the current accident rate on Hwy 12/67 as well as keep the environmental impact along Hwy 12/67 no worse than it is now. 

We will continue to monitor political activity and funding for this choice.  Feel free to contact your representatives to express concern for the completion of the Red Line. 

Internet Service:           On numerous occasions our board has been asked about the quality of the internet service surrounding our lakes.  There are several companies currently serving the Lauderdale Lake area. 

I did attend a Walworth County Lakes Association Meeting pertaining to rural and lake internet service. The speaker was from Edge Broadband a Whitewater Company who is currently installing fiber optic cable near the south side of the Lauderdale Lakes area.  At the seminar, the speaker Brian, invited residents who are interested in higher speed internet to contact his company.  If you are interested the contact phone number is 262-458-4220. They assemble information on where the interest is and it helps them in planning their routing.   Our board passes this information on for your interest, not as an endorsement.

Information:     The Lake District has a website where much of the information about the District may be found.  Please go to lauderdalelakeslakemanagementdistrict.com

COVID-19 TRAVEL

DHS recommends Wisconsin residents cancel or postpone all nonessential travel, including travel within the state. At this time, all international and domestic travel is considered risky, and all individuals who spend time outside of their home or local community have some risk of exposure to COVID-19. If international or domestic travel cannot be avoided, be prepared to remain away for an extended period of time if travel restrictions change or if you become sick. You should also be prepared to self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon your return.

Travel between private homes within the state, including seasonal homes or rental cabins, is strongly discouraged. This is for your safety and wellbeing as well as the safety of our rural counties and tribal communities. Non-essential travel outside your current community may spread COVID-19 to areas with very limited health care infrastructure.

Several counties in Wisconsin have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. If you choose to travel to a second home in Wisconsin, you should be prepared to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. You should bring your own groceries and essentials, as self-quarantine does not permit shopping at local stores for supplies. 

“Safer At Home” and travel. On March 24, Governor Evers implemented a “Safer at Home” order for all Wisconsin residents, which will be in effect until at least April 24, 2020. This requires that Wisconsin residents stay at home or their place of residence, unless performing essential activities, such as seeking health care, food, necessary supplies and services, outdoor exercise, certain types of work, and other qualified activities. All travel within Wisconsin is prohibited other than certain essential travel, including:

  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel to return home from outside your home jurisdiction.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable populations.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning, meals, or other related services.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside of Wisconsin.
  • Any travel related to perform other approved essential activities, special situations, essential government functions, essential business operations, and minimum basic operations, as described in Gov. Evers’ “Safer At Home” order.

Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. If you are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19, you should avoid all travel within and outside of your community in order to minimize contact with others.

International or domestic travel. All travel that does not qualify as an essential activity should be canceled or postponed in compliance with the “Safer at Home” order.

Travel to countries with a Level 3 Travel Notice and travel on cruise ships are not considered safe at this time due to widespread transmission of COVID-19 in these areas. People who travel to these areas despite this recommendation should be prepared to encounter significant delays in returning home.

If you are returning from travel. If you traveled anywhere outside of your local community in the past 14 days, you are being asked to stay home and monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after you returned. If you were able to practice social distancing during the entire time you were away (for example, you stayed in your car by yourself and kept at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others), you should still monitor your symptoms and practice social distancing.

  • Stay home. It is important that you avoid contact with others to avoid spreading the infection to others (this is called “self-quarantine”).
  • Monitor your symptoms. Check your temperature twice daily, and write down any symptoms you have (this is called ‘self-monitoring”). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or others and need medical care, call your doctor. See the Medium risk flier for a chart you can use to log your daily symptoms.

See COVID-19: Monitoring for Illness for more details about self-monitoring and self-quarantine.

Note: Self-quarantine rules may not apply for health care workers and others who perform essential services. Contact your local health department if you have questions about travel-related quarantine guidelines.

For everyone. Because COVID-19 transmission is now widespread throughout Wisconsin, even people who have not traveled outside of their community should minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practicing social distancing, and being alert for symptoms of COVID-19.

 

 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/travel.htm
 
 
 

 

Regional Planning Meetings - Red Line Route

I recently received a contact from Kevin Muhs, Executive Director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.  He assured me that the "Red Line" (the expansion and rerouting of USH 12 on a diagonal between Elkhorn and Whitewater) is still included in the Region's transportation plan and that they do support that ultimate connection. 

Here is his description of what the facts are: 

In December 2018, the Regional Planning Commission amended VISION 2050 as part of preparing for Foxconn. Unrelated to Foxconn, but because we were amending the long-range plan, the Commission was required by Federal regulations to look at what is called "available and reasonably expected available revenues" (essentially, how much money was available to implement the plan given current funding sources and federal and state regulations). The conclusions of that analysis, called the "fiscally-constrained" transportation plan, did result in substantial amount of roadway work across Southeastern Wisconsin being determined to be unattainable by 2050 given the funding constraints at that time. However, since that time (December 2018), the State Legislature has added additional funding for transportation, and it is expected that many projects will be included in the "fiscally-constrained" transportation plan that were required to be removed in December 2018. This analysis will be completed again as part of the current interim update process.

To try to clarify, the Regional Planning Commission still recommends the "Red Line" in the form it has had for decades. The funded subset of the long-range plan, as of December 2018, does not include this project, along with a number of other freeway construction projects across Southeastern Wisconsin. The Regional Planning Commission does not have the authority to raise additional revenues for transportation projects or redirect funds in State budgets to specific projects, and therefore does not have the authority to add or remove projects from the "fiscally-constrained" transportation plan on its own.”

Therefore Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission DOES support the Red Line route.

 

2019 District Dialogue

The District Dialogue is a newsletter containing information for property owners on lake district issues along with information on the budget and tax levy. You can always read the most recent and other issues of the District Dialogue online on the Documents page.

Annual Lake Management District Community Meeting and Budget Hearing

Thank you to all who participated in our 2019 Annual Meeting!  Jim Kroeplin was re-elected for a three-year term as Lake District Commissioner.  Meeting Materials can be viewed here.

The 2020 Annual Community Meeting and Budget Hearing will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 - the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  Registration begins at 9:30 and the meeting begins at 10:00.

 

Fish Cribs

If you are taking any trees down on your property, the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association's Fish Committee needs your help! 

Contact Jeff Angst and he can take care of the wood for you... the committee needs pieces that are 6 feet long and 7-14 inches in diameter to build fish cribs. jangst@phoenixtextile.com

 

Boating Safety Courses

The Lauderdale Lakes Water Safety Patrol offers opportunities for Boater Safety Courses every year. Two Wisconsin DNR-sanctioned courses will be offered by the Lauderdale Lakes Water Patrol this year.

Successful completion of a boating safety course is required for anyone (12 and over) born on or after January 1, 1989 if they intend to operate a PWC or motorized boat without an adult onboard.  The classes offered by the Lauderdale Water Safety Patrol are sanctioned by the DNR and provide students with information useful for boater safety on Lauderdale Lakes.

2020 Class Dates:    June 13-14
                                  June 27-28

2020 Boating Safety Course Information

WI DNR Boating Regulations Handbook (updated in 2016)

The Wisconsin Department of Natuaral Resources published an updated Boating Regulations Handbook in 2016.  Our officers will carry the handbooks on our boats and the Water Patrol will make them available at lake community events.

You can view the updated handbook here.