The Board of Directors would like to pass along an update from the Montcalm County Drain Commission regarding our wells, pumps and lake level. Please remember that the lake level is maintained by the Drain Commission. Members within the LSA are charged a tax assessment by the County, and those monies are managed by the County to service the wells and pumps for our lake. Your annual LSA Membership Dues are not associated with these funds, nor are they used for the pumps that service the lake. There is a court mandated level at which the lake should be maintained, and we are currently below that level.
A new well has been dug near the maintenance building and existing pump on Apache Trail. The well was tested last week for capacity at 2,000 gallons per minute. Our permit allows us to pump at a rate of 1,800 gallons per minute and an appropriate pump has been ordered for the well. The pump is expected to be installed in two weeks, and the pump will then be servicing the lake.
The Drain Commission’s Indian Lake contact, Steve Pritchard, has indicated he intends to keeps the pumps running into the fall until the lake level is at a level to protect the fish once the ice forms. If ice should begin to form on the lake before the pumps are off for the winter, the ice will not be safe for use and signs will be posted warning of unsafe ice.
In addition to the installation of this new well and pump, work on the dam on the north side of the lake is scheduled to be completed this fall. The desire is to have the dam installed so the lake level will be maintained a couple of inches higher than the current mandated level.
The LSA continues to regularly check in with the Drain Commissioner regarding the completion of these very important projects, and Members are encouraged to reach out to Commissioner Sandy Raines, firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 831-7322, with their questions and concerns. Contact information is also available on our website.