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Drainage Improvement: A Message from the Roads Committee

As part of an ongoing plan to improve drainage throughout Locust Lake Village as well as the condition of our roads, we will on a regular basis check the swales (ditches) located beside the roads along the front of many properties. We will also check drainpipes under driveways to make sure they are intact and in proper operating condition.

Our overall goal is to keep both swales and drainage pipes free of debris (such as leaves, rocks, branches, and limbs) so that effective drainage is maintained year-round throughout the Village.

However, under the Rules and Regulations of LLV (see page 28) property owners are responsible for the clearing and maintenance of drainage pipes and ditches surrounding their properties. Leaves and debris must not be blown or placed into ditches. A property owner in violation of this regulation will be fined.

Left unattended, swales and drainage pipes can back up not just on one property but onto other properties along that swale or ditch and threaten existing structures with the possibility of extensive and expensive damage.

What can be done?

As of June 1, 2022, we will inspect drainage throughout the Village. There are three options from which you can choose to meet your obligation to keep swales and drainage pipes free of debris:

  • Regularly free your swale or drainage pipe of debris before a disaster happens. Or contact LLV to arrange for Maintenance to clean out the swale and/or drainage pipe for a fee based on the amount of labor needed.
  • Contract with a local landscaper or land maintenance business to remove debris perhaps on a seasonal basis.
  • Should a swale or drainage pipe on your property not be cleaned, the Village will dispatch Maintenance to do the job and you will be billed and fined.

Keep in mind that in municipality similar maintenance projects are done without choice, with little or no advance notice, and a bill promptly sent to the property owner.

Where we stand.

In order to remediate the problems that clogged swales and drainage pipes cause and to save property owners the added cost and expense of damage from this situation, we respectfully request your cooperation.

Should the swale or drainage pipe across your property remain clogged after June 1st, 2022, the Village will notify you. If action is not taken within 14 days to address the problem, the Village will be forced to clean the swale and/or drainage pipe and bill you for the work, and a fine imposed as well. The fee for work will be $200.00 and the fine will be $100.00 (first offense).

The intention is to keep owners’ property intact and free from flooding by controlling drainage and helping to preserve our roads.

Respectfully,
Stephen Pace, Roads Committee Chair

DRAINAGE DEFINITIONS

Swale, ditch, trench: The narrow strip in front of a property that has been dug out to permit stormwater or snow melt to flow past and away from a property.

Culvert, pipe, drainage pipe: The round tube-like metal or PVC that guides stormwater or snow melt under a property’s driveway from a swale.

Debris: Leaves, rocks, branches, limbs, or refuse that ends up creating obstacles to the flow of stormwater or snow melt through a swale.

HOW TO REMOVE DEBRIS

Use of a rake or shovel to free a swale of leaves and debris. The debris should either be removed from the swale and disposed or pulled back onto the property side so that the weather does not sweep the debris back into the swale. The debris should be disposed of at LLV’s compost yard as soon as possible.

Fishing waders are ideal for cleaning a swale. Waterproof boots are another option, but waders are the best option.

REMOVAL TIMING

A property owner should keep a constant watch on the condition of a swale. Prime watch times are:

  • Just after a rain, snow, or windstorm
  • During changes of seasons: fall into winter; winter into spring

It’s a good idea to check the condition of a swale at least once-a-week. If you are out of the Village for an extended period of time, contact the administration office to arrange for a swale check and cleaning or contact a local landscaper to maintain your swale while you are away.

Roads Committee Update

To the Residents of Locust Lake Village:

Hello again. Here is the latest update on roads. I didn’t put out an eblast last month as the meeting was cancelled due to snow.

Here is what transpired at our meeting on April 9th:

1) Doug Mackenzie, VP of BD from Total Asphalt did a presentation on his company, the materials used to pave and maintain asphalt roads, and their clear material which they recommend for our good asphalt roads. A proposal has been submitted for 8 of our asphalt roads and the area around the office.

2) Andrew Tutrone gave an update on his work on drainage including that 82 home owners will have to have the pipe under driveway added or replaced.

3) Fran Odyniec reviewed the draft letter to be sent to property owners related to keeping the drainage area clear. There were some suggestions and Fran will work on revising it.

4) Three residents had specific issues:

One said potholes are making the his road undriveable. It was explained that Partridge was one of the roads to be worked on.

A resident on Stag Run said work at a residence on Partridge has caused flooding issues for him and his neighbors.

A third resident on Locust Lane had his own Power Point presentation about his water problems and believes water on Locust Lane is Village’s problem.

To reiterate, we are addressing our drainage issues, however we can not resolve drainage issues that involve private property. If a neighbor does something to their yard that creates a water problem for you, that must be resolved between the two of you.

We have received two proposals for doing road work. We will be reviewing these and will seek at least one other, if possible. Again, we are trying to get the road work started this year.

I will ask again that if anyone has some knowledge about road work and repairs, please contact me. The Roads committee would greatly appreciate anyone who could help advise us and assist in writing RFP’s and evaluating proposals.

Thank You; Stephen Pace, Road Committee Chair

Seeing Foxes Lately?

DON’T HURT THEM …..THEY HAVE BABIES THAT NEED THEM AND ARE ONLY COMING CLOSER TO RESIDENTIAL AREAS TO GET AWAY FROM COYOTES.

Are You Seeing Foxes Suddenly? This is Fox Pup Season!

People are seeing adult foxes near their homes and becoming alarmed. What they don’t realize is that foxes are coming in close to people to raise their families because coyotes are in the further out areas. If a coyote finds a fox den, it may dig up the den and kill all the young. Foxes know this so they choose what they believe to be the lesser of two evils and come in closer to humans and away from the coyotes to have their litters. Please be kind and “rent” out your space to momma fox. You will be glad you did.

Foxes may have a den under your shed, porch, barn or in the back yard in a hill. The family will likely be moved in a few weeks to a new place. When the pups are older (July, August) they will start to be seen less and less. By September, the fox family will be gone and everything will be back to normal. Red foxes will not live in a den year round. They only den to raise their families. Out of a litter of 6, it is likely that only two or three foxes will live to see September.

People are often alarmed, thinking their family pets and children are being stalked or will be attacked. Not so. Foxes do not want to kill or eat your child, cat or dog. They eat primarily mice, rats, rabbits and woodchucks. They may certainly watch your pets with concern, bark at them and may even chase your cat back into your yard or up a tree if it goes near the den. Of course, thankfully, many cat owners realize the many risks of allowing their cats to roam free, and that cats kill young wildlife, so hopefully, they keep their cats supervised when outdoors. Your 16 pound kitty will be able to hold his or her own against a fox, and in fact, foxes and cats often develop friendships and play. Remember, it is the nature, and the fox belongs there.

Please allow the mother fox to raise her pups in peace. Do not hire someone to “relocate the family” this will not work! The most that will happen is that one or two pups will be caught (and surely killed by the hired person) and the mother will get scared and move her family. Most states have laws that state captured wildlife must be killed. Be patient, enjoy the fox family, it is a lot of fun to watch the pups scampering and tumbling with each other. In fact, it is a lot better entertainment than most TV shows on these days. Enjoy the breath of fresh air and the beauty in your back yard- it may be a once in a life time event for you.

Many people are afraid they can’t let their animals out to go potty now. Keep in mind that before you realize the family was there, you let your pets out and everything was OK.

Red foxes are Not nocturnal! Momma works very hard to feed her family. She will work all day and night catching rodents, snatching roadkill and bringing it back to her growing babies. Foxes also eat a great deal of grasses and insects too. They are omnivores.

If you really can’t have a fox family in your yard, you may place an object such as a punch balloon, chair or a bucket near the den, but not too close as to scare momma away from grabbing her pups and moving them away from the scary object. About 10 feet from the den should be enough to concern her. Think about this though, momma felt safe enough in your yard to have her pups there. Where else will she be able to move those pups where they will be safe?

Thank you,
Lakes and Wildlife Committee