Lake Mitchell Improvement Board

What is the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board?

The Lake Mitchell Improvement Board was formed in accordance with Michigan's Inland Lake Improvement in 1993. Under provisions of Public Act 451 of 1994, Part 309 as amended), the lake board includes a Lake Mitchell Association at-large member who is elected for a three-year term, appointed representatives from Selma Township, Cherry Grove Township, the city of Cadillac, a Wexford County Commissioner, and the Wexford County Drain Commissioner. All board representatives are appointed for indefinite terms, except for the Drain Commissioner who is elected in a county election. If a change in representatives is desired, that should be communicated to the group the individual represents.
The Lake Board is empowered to collect special assessments from benefiting properties for approved lake improvements. To determine how the collected assessments will be spent The board established a budget based on the following principles:

 

Prioritized Goal Statements for the LMIB

 

The Lake Mitchell Improvement Board developed and established prioritized goals for the three year assessment period that begins July 10, 2010. These were discussed at length by the Board over several meetings and given opportunity for public input. They consist of maintaining the existing program of work and trying to establish a financial reserve to cover any unforeseen increase in our milfoil program.

  • Treatment of Eurasian water-milfoil to maintain navigation in the main lake, maintain a healthy balance of native aquatic vegetation, and prevent the spreading of nuisance aquatic vegetation.
  • One herbicide or mechanical weed harvest each year according to the Lake Mitchell Weed Management Guidelines approved by the LMIB (January 2012) to maintain navigational channels.
  • Curbside weed pick-up from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Chemically or biologically treat other areas as needed to maintain navigation, control purple loosestrife, and eliminate Phragmites.
  • Establish a financial reserve to cover years with higher than normal weed growth, control new invasive plants, or to reduce future assessments if aquatic weed management continues to be successful. Goal is to build a $60,000 reserve by July 1, 2015.
  • Conduct additional herbicide or mechanical weed harvest to maintain navigation if needed and approved by the LMIB.
  • Consider up to a 10% financial incentive to support large capitol expenditures that benefit specific areas such as dredging, aeration systems, or other innovative concepts.
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1989 Resolution Forming the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board
LMIB1989Resolution.pdf
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