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2015 Cloverleaf Lakes Protective Association Goals
Mission: Preserve our lakes for future generations.
* Control invasive species.
Hire scuba hand pickers for Eurasian Water Milfoil
Based on Onterra’s findings, hire Lake and Pond Solutions to treat chemically
Hire part-time boat monitor (along with town) to promote
Clean Boats, Clean Waters plan
Trap rusty crayfish as needed
Help control nuisance species such as muskrats and carp
* Maximize resources through collaboration with governmental and other organizations including the Town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, the DNR and the Sportsman’s Club.
Continue current five-year invasive species grant
Apply for grant to provide a trail along Highway Y to provide safe access to pedestrians and bicyclists
Apply for grant under DNR “Healthy Lakes” program to provide better fishing and reduce storm water runoff into lakes
* Enhance sense of community.
* Provide environmental awareness to protect lake.
Encourage best practices such as shoreland restoration, composting and building rain gardens
Provide educational materials on lake living to residents
Perform water testing to monitor health of the lakes
* Promote boating safety.
Hire Shawano County Sheriff’s Department to periodically provide a boating safety patrol
Encourage boaters to observe safe practices including observing slow no-wake zones
* Keep residents informed about local news and issues.
Edit and send Belle Plaine News and Events newsletter to every resident and property owner four times annually
The Calendar has been updated with new events.
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Last year for fireworks?
The colorful fireworks over Pine Lake may explode for the last time on July 4, organizers say.
A lack of volunteer help and increased government regulations over fireworks is driving the Cloverleaf Lake Fireworks Association to abandon the decades-old show.
“We’re all getting tired,” Mike Nelson told the Town Board in April. His crew has set up and fired off the fireworks for years. Fireworks have been set off on the lake since 2001. The amount of “red tape” has increased and the equipment needed is aging.
“The Fireworks Association would like to extend our warmest Thanks to everyone who has donated in one way or another towards the Cloverleaf Lakes Fireworks,” the group said in a statement. “It was decided in our last meeting held April 14 that this will most likely be our last year of shooting off fireworks on the lake.”
Regulation of fireworks has been tightened by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in the wake of 9/11 and terrorism fears. Fireworks must be securely stored and can only be held by a non-profit group for 24 hours before the show.
The association members asked the Town Board to consider buying the fireworks from Spielbauer Fireworks of Green Bay this year, which would eliminate some of the paperwork involved. Municipalities are not subject to as many rules.
The group also faces additional training requirements to set off its own fireworks. Hiring Spielbauer to do the fireworks show would be more expensive and that company does not fire off rockets from a watercraft, as Nelson does.
Funds are sufficient to purchase this summer’s fireworks. But the effort of raising donations is also taking its toll on volunteers, Nelson said.
“We have decided as a group that we won’t be able to follow all these rules and still get the fireworks set up in time for the show,” the statement said.
CLPA annual meeting May 23
All members and prospective members are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Cloverleaf Lakes Protective Association on Saturday, May 23, starting at 10 a.m. at the Round Lake Park picnic shelter. Coffee and donuts provided by Cloverleaf Shakes will open the meeting, followed by reports on the many CLPA projects including aquatic invasive species, July 4 festivities, environmental awareness, boater safety and fund raising.
In the spotlight will be a detailed explanation on how the Healthy Lakes grant will help members grow wildflower gardens at minimal cost to prevent stormwater runoff into the lakes. Native plant expert Lisa Reas will be helping the association plan and plant these projects. Her guest column explains the benefits of these plantings.
Nominations will be open for two board positions. Bring your questions and comments for the board members. Membership dues are just $25 per household.
Fish sticks, runoff project funded
The Town of Belle Plaine has secured a Healthy Lakes grant from the Department of Wisconsin to help pay for Cloverleaf Lakes fish habitat improvement and shoreland runoff prevention.
The grant will pay for 75 percent of the project, up to $20,000 over two years. (See stories on pages 4 and 5 for details.)
The Belle Plaine Sportsman’s Club has started placing “fish sticks” trees in the water around Gibson Island and plans more next winter. The Cloverleaf Lakes Protective Association will coordinate funding for wildflower gardens and rain gardens.
A separate grant application will be filed by Shawano County for a recreational boating grant to replace the aging culvert between Round and Grass Lakes on Highway Y. Because of DNR limitations, it will likely occur in 2016. A trail and fishing pier are also planned in the area.
Golf outing Aug. 15
It’s not too early to mark Saturday, Aug. 15, on your calendar. That is the date of the third annual Jim Aumann Memorial Golf Outing at Clintonville Riverside Golf Course
Contact Bob Gross (715) 823-6616 for more information.
nIc Foundation plans sale
The non-profit nIc Foundation invites everyone to its Rummage-Antique Sale-Brat Fry- Baked Goods fundraising event at the Belle Plaine Community Center on Memorial Day weekend. The fund raiser is on Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Items for sale include furniture; glassware and collectables; hand, electric and garden tools; enamelware; vintage jewelry and hats; lanterns, barrels, wheels, sprinkling cans, crocks and milk cans; dolls, toys, clothing, household, and more.
Brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be for sale on Saturday plus soda and water. Baked goods will be available for purchase. Music for dining and shopping will be provided by Jolene Van Beek.
The nIc Foundation is seeking donated items for the rummage and antique sale. Donated items may be brought directly to the Belle Plaine Town Hall on Thursday, May 21, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. or call Lynn Marcks at (715) 823-4829 to make arrangements for pick-up of donated items.