Important Update Regarding Exit / Entrance Road

Now that the exit road construction has been started, we have found out the road and the base to the existing road are not in good shape, much like the rest of our community.  We made the decision to move forward with the complete removal of the existing exit road as well as the side parking lot of the community office.  Our goal was to fix this road so that it will last for years to come, and not a quick fix we would have to fixed again in the near-term. 

I have a couple bullets points of why we felt the need to do the entire road and not just the original two areas that we originally addressed.

  • The existing road had little to no base and was not going to hold up for long.  We have been doing patch work in the community for years and it is now time to start stepping up and fixing things the proper way when and where we can.
  • The existing asphalt road has over a 4” hump in the center of the road which was making the new concrete match that hump, which would not have given us a slightly slopped road in order to divert the water run off properly and the way it should be done.
  • The contractor already had his equipment here and it was time to make a deal that was good for the community and the longevity of the road.  This represented a savings of almost 15% less than if we had waited until another date to do the work.
  •  The reason why we are going with concrete over asphalt is the durability, and the longer life that we will get out of this road.  First impression is always nice, the heavy trucks and vehicles that enter and exit our community do a lot of wear and tear on the main part of our exit and entrance. 

What’s Next

  • Our long-term goal is to do the same with the entrance and making it appealing to the eye for members and their guest as well and the durability that concrete brings to the table.  We will evaluate this area strongly and once again get the proper bids and get the best for our community.
    • While we secure bids to address the rapidly decaying entrance road, we will also be shoring up the Entrance Gate electronics that will improve gate performance/reliability and improve traffic flow into our community.
  • As presented at the ILPOA Quarterly Member Meeting, after the exit road is completed, we will be installing the exit gate arm. The new gate arm will accomplish the following:
    • Quicker Open & Close Cycle – this will allow traffic flow quicker, and address people trying to access the community by attempting to go in through the exit lane.
    • Exit Gate Arm will be made of steel and if someone tries to illegally enter the community through the one-way road, they could be subject to damage to their vehicle.  We will have the necessary signage, and ILPOA will not be responsible for any damage.
  • We also mentioned in the ILPOA Quarterly Member Meeting that the existing spikes that were removed for the new gate arm and will be relocated to other areas to address illegal entry into our community.  This will attempt to address the concerns of our members regarding other entry points into our community.

Your Board hopes from the work that is being done that you will see we are listening to our members, adjust our plans, responsibly spend “our” money, and achieve our goal to better secure our community. 

ILPOA Board Contact Information

Below are the email addresses for the ILPOA Board

  • Mark McLean: President (bod.mmclean@ilpoa.org)
  • Chris Pinaire: Vice President, Legal Chair, Lake and Infrastructure Major Repair Committee Co-Chair (bod.cpinaire@ilpoa.org)
  • Scott Rockafellow: Treasurer, Lake and Infrastructure Major Repair Committee Co-Chair (bod.srockafellow@ilpoa.org)
  • Don Kalista: Secretary, Office Chair (bod.dkalista@ilpoa.org)
  • John Richmond: Roads & Maintenance and Building Permits Chair (bod.jrichmond@ilpoa.org)
  • Bill Brumitt: Lake, Dam & Spillway Chair (bod.bbrumitt@ilpoa.org)
  • Koren McGinnis: Security Chair (bod.kmcginnis@ilpoa.org)
  • Jeremy Huguet: Nuisance Properties Chair (bod.jhuguet@ilpoa.org)

Other key contact information:

  • ILPOA Office: 573-885-3630 or indianlake@ilpoa.org or 17 Indian Hills Drive, Cuba MO 65453
  • Roving Patrol: 573-259-3700
  • Community Hall: 573-885-2640

Lake, Dam & Spillway – Pondweed Update

2019 Indian Hills Pondweed

In conversations with other lake associations, biologists, and conservation departments, pondweed is expected to be a problem again this year. The large majority of lakes in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas are experiencing an explosion in Pondweed again this year.  We have talked to several conservation agencies and this is what they are saying is the cause:

  • Significant emergence of pondweed last year has allowed the root system to re-sprout this year regardless of treatments.
    • Herbicide treatments are effective for a season much like the herbicides you have to use yearly to treat for crabgrass in your yard.
  • Higher temperatures caused warm water conditions, fuel Pondweed growth again this year in multiple states.
  • Other factors include, number of sunny days, shallow water depths and migratory waterfowl.

American pondweed- Variable leaf pondweed, Split leaf pondweed

  • Variable leaf pondweed produces very small leaves only after reaching the top of the water surface.

Current Pondweed Strategy:

We have a multi-prong approach for dealing with the Pondweed and continue to survey growth rates and strategy effectiveness:

  1. Grass Carp:  Last year we stocked the lake with approximately 400 Grass Carp. Grass Carp will eat three time their own weight each day. This is the first part of our approach and will help stabilize/reduce the current growth and provide a long-term control.
  2. Chemical Treatments: There are herbicides we can use to address the issue quicker than Grass Carp and we have been testing a site-targeted herbicide that ensures the safety to our lake, members (including kids), fish/dogs and our significant investment in grass carp.
    1. Results of herbicide treatments – The results have been extremely positive and we are seeing a 90 to 95% kill rate in targeted areas, but to use this method widescale we will need additional funding that our current budget does not have.

Reminder:

 We will continue to keep our members up to date on our progress to address the problem we are experiencing.  Should you have any questions please send them to the ILPOA Office at indianlake@ilpoa.org.

Thanks,

Bill Brumitt

ILPOA Chairman Lake, Dam & Spillway

Bod.bbrumitt@ilpoa.org