Lake Mitchell Improvement Board

What is the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board?


There seems to be confusion between the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board and the Lake Mitchell Property Owners' Association. This information might help you sort it out. 


The Lake Board is empowered to collect special assessments from benefiting properties for approved lake improvements. Virtually all assessment monies is spent to control invasive and nuisance native vegetation.


The Lake Mitchell Improvement Board was formed in accordance with Michigan's Inland Lake Improvement in 1993 and brings together local citizens and governments to manage the lake.. Under provisions of Public Act 451 of 1994, Part 309 as amended), the lake board membership includes a riparian representative 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. Township, County Commission and City Commission representatives representatives are appointed for indefinite terms. The Drain Commissioner who is elected in a county election. 


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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.
1989 Resolution Forming the Lake Mitchell Improvement Board
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