Lake Mitchell Improvement Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting Monday, June 10, 2024 at 10:00 am

Cherry Grove Township Hall, 4830 E. M-55, Cadillac, MI. 49601


A. Mike Solomon, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.

B. Present: Mike Solomon, Shari Spoelman, Marty Williams, John Deterding, Kathy Adams (Dave Foley absent)

C. Chair Solomon appointed Spoelman as acting secretary.

D. AGENDA approved as presented.

E. April 20, 2024 Minutes approved.




1. Treasurer’s Report -Presented by Deterding. Minimal activity.

1.a.) Motion Adams. Seconded by Williams to approve Treasurer’s Report. Approved unanimously.

1.b.) Deterding reported a couple of invoices (PLM and RLS) that will be paid in July when the CD matures, providing us with more cash on hand.

1.c.) Solomon thanked Deterding for stepping in as treasurer and taking over amidst some interesting financial and record keeping circumstances.

2. Budget Approval. Detering presented proposed 2024 – 2025 budget (effective July 1, 2024). A few clarifying questions and answers from board members.

2.a.) Motion to approve and seconded. Roll call vote. Unanimous approval.

3. Solomon reported Foley indicated the Weed Pick-up is going well.

4. Solomon presented public hearing documents prepared by the LMIB attorney. All board members had these to review in advance of the meeting. Adams presented the motion; Solomon seconded: The Resolution of Intent to Conduct a Public Hearing on and Establish a Special Assessment District for the Continuation of the Lake Mitchell Improvement Program for Lake Mitchell. Roll Call vote. Unanimous approval.

5. Solomon reviewed and commented on other documents related to the hearings: Resolution to Proceed with Improvements to Lake Mitchell and Resolution Confirming Special Assessment Roll and Directing the Collection of Special Assessments for Improvements to Lake Mitchell. Solomon made a motion to approve these. Adams seconded. Unanimously approved.

6. It was decided to hold a Special Meeting on July 24 at 10:00 am to discuss and review the feasibility study completed by RLS.

7. Solomon reviewed Secretarial duties, including public notifications and

property owners’ notifications via mail, that need to be performed prior to the hearings in August and the costs involved. He will work with Foley to ensure all duties are performed within the time frames prior to the hearing.

8. Consultant Report. Ben Schermerhorn recapped the activities of Restorative Lake Science. The lake was surveyed on May 13 and approximately 24.25 acres were found with Eurasian Water Milfoil. Some other invasives were also found. Invasives were treated on May 29, along with some native plants in Franke Cove to allow for boat navigation for these property owners. Mid July RLS will perform a scan and vegetation inventory. Schermerhorn noted the development of a beaver dam or lodge near the channel.

9. Q and A for the Consultant

9.a.) Dave Kuyers questioned if the late summer treatment last year was helpful in reducing EWM this year. Schermerhorn indicated it was definitely successful. He also said there could be a late season bloom again this year and they will continue to monitor the lake.

9.b.) Gary Huyge asked a number of questions related to the July survey. Schermerhorn explained the intent of the July survey is to learn more about the biomass and bio volume, along with sediment composition.

More information is available on the LMIB website in the consultant’s report.

9.c.) Dennis Mahony mentioned that he thinks he is seeing more weeds at the surface near his dock near the canal than he has ever seen.

Schermerhorn mentioned to treat native vegetation, it has to be at least 100 ft from the shoreline or causing major navigation issues for boats.

9.d.) Ron Moelker asked questions about the use of ProcellaCOR® wondering why RLS isn’t recommending the use of it routinely.

Schermerhorn provided that the use of ProcellaCOR® is site specific, not broadcast. Solomon provided comments about the cost of the chemical and reminded all that it was not a “silver bullet.” Solomon also reviewed costs of treatments since 2013 and the

Board’s efforts at keeping these as low as possible.

9.e.) Jackie Erway had questions about treatment timing, wondering if a treatment later in the season when the plants are larger would be more effective. Schermerhorn responded that later treatment would not necessarily result in greater results since plants may absorb herbicides better during their fast-growing period early season. He added that there may well be another treatment later in the summer.



1. Dave Kuyers – Appreciates format of budget and treasurer’s report. Questioned the Delinquent Assessment revenue not being carried forward

to new fiscal year. The Board agreed to look at this and thanked Kuyers for bringing it to its attention.

2. Ron Moelker – Questioned the need to increase the assessment amount from $250 to $450. He expressed concern over RLS benefitting from this. Williams reminded the group of the expense involved in doing a public hearing and the $450 is the most that the board can assess in a given year. The Board reviews and determines the assessment amount each year based on need.

3. Jackie Erway indicated she was speaking on behalf of the Lake Mitchell Property Owners Association. She expressed concern over the proposed increase. She mentioned she didn’t see how the LMIB was trying to

decrease costs and questioned why we didn’t use the treatment company solely instead of having both a consultant and a treatment company.

Erway said the Property Owners are not happy with the Board and the Board is not transparent. Williams disagreed with Erway’s assertion that property owners aren’t happy. The property owners that he is in contact with have indicated they are pleased with the efforts of the LMIB. He wondered if a survey would indicate that the majority of property owners are happy. Spoelman questioned how the Board could be more transparent. Erway replied that agendas could be printed in advance and available when they enter, meetings could be held in the evenings or on weekends.



1. Adams expressed how nice it is that the LMIB meetings allow for community members to have open communication with the Board and with the Consultants.

2. Spoelman said she feels it is important to have a consultant that is separate from the treatment company. She added that board members are volunteers, working hard to do our best for the LMIB, including keeping costs down.



Solomon commented on the importance of having a consultant in addition to a treatment company. RLS has a history of success on Lake Mitchell and the budget has been managed well.




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Lake Mitchell Improvement Board Meeting Minutes -- April 20, 2024


A. Call to order  10:00

B. Roll Call: Present Mike Solomon, Marty Williams, Ron Klimp, Kathy Adams, Dave Foley.   Absent Shari Spoelman 

C. Additions/Deletions to agenda

D. Approval of Agenda: Unanimous

E.  Approval of November 3, 2024  minutes: Unanimous

F. Public Comments:

G. Agenda items:

1. Treasurer's report: Ron Klimp

Balance as of 4/5/24 - $55,747. 

2. Klimp completion of 4-year Riparian team

3. Select new riparian member -

Motion: Dave Foley made a motion seconded by Kathy Adams to appoint John Deterding to serve on the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board (LMIB) as the Riparian  member. Unanimous approval.

4. Election of officers – The following were nominated and elected as officers of the LMIB – Mike Solomon, chairman; Shari Spoelman as vice chairman, John Deterding as treasurer; and Dave Foley as secretary.

5. Establish assessment for 2024

Motion by Dave Foley, seconded by Marty Williams to set the assessment at $250 for lakefront assessment. Motion passed unanimously.

6. Weed Pickup contract – Approved for this year. Begins May 1.

7. Approve proposed budget for 2024 – Williams

Marty Williams of the finance committee proposed that the 2024 budget approval be postponed until June meeting to examine new data and get input from new treasurer.   

8. Discus amount of fund balance

A fund balance goal of $250,000 was proposed, based on  1 ½ to 2 times the years with the most expenses. Motion made by Marty Williams and seconded by Kathy Adams to establish this fund balance  received unanimous support.  

9. Discuss and recommend length of assessment period. 

Motion to make the assessment period 5 years was made by Dave Foley and seconded by Kathy Adams. All voted “yes” except Mike Solomon voted “no”. The rationale for the length of the assessment period was to minimize the frequency of  public hearings saving cost on the required first class mailings and the placement of public hearing information in the local paper.

10.  Discuss and recommend the maximum amount of the assessment.

Motion by Marty Williams and seconded by Dave Foley to set maximum assessment at $450 passed unanimously  

11.  Use of an attorney

Motion by Mike Solomon to hire Crystal Morgan as LMIB attorney to prepare paperwork and resolutions for the public hearing at an estimated cost of $1500. Motion passed unanimously

12.  Consultant report  - Jennifer Jones, CEO of Restorative Lake Sciences reported that the weed survey was scheduled to take place on May 17.

H. Correspondence – none

I.  Public Comments

1.Sandy Harrison  asked about how LMIB keeps people informed. Information is passed via LMIB email list and updates to website.

2.  To keep out invasive species, lakes sometimes use boat washing stations. Jackie Erway felt the cost would be prohibitive to establish these on Lake Mitchell.  She also hoped that annual $250 assessment would be sufficient and felt that the maximum of $450 might be too high.

3. Dave Kuyer  who has a member of the finance committee, and a member Lake Mitchell Sewer Board felt assessment level was okay if it enabled Board to accomplish its weed control mission.

4. Gary Huyge was concerned about new invasive species getting into Lake Mitchell. Jennifer explained that there is a new law making it illegal to transport invasive species.

Marty Williams added that we should contact our legislators and recommended that they become active in funding the invasive species control efforts.

5. Dave Stinger feels state needs to reminded that they need to patrol boat launches to minimize spread of invasive species.

6. Stinger also asked why concentration of chemicals is been increased over years and Jennifer told him it was because EWM is producing hybrid plants which are more resistant to chemicals that is why less 2-4-D is being used and more Procella.    

7. LeAnne Droski encouraged the LMIB to consider joining the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (MLSA). The status of LMIB's membership will be checked to make sure we are members.


Chairman Comments: Mike Solomon noted that a riparian's property value is tied to the condition of the lake. If lake quality is poor, value drops.  


Meeting adjourned: 11:03  - 20 members attended