Coyotes on the Lakebottoms

From the FLTF:

On January 20, the Midland Daily News (MDN) had a front-page article about increasing sightings of coyotes in and around Sanford Lake. A local resident also advised FLTF of abundant coyotes hunting and living among the recently sprouted trees on the Wixom Lake bottomland. The MDN article included comments from individuals proposing hunting as a way to deal with the coyotes. FLTF reminds the public that hunting with rifles and setting traps on the drained lakebottoms is not allowed for public safety reasons. Hunting with shotguns, in compliance with state hunting regulations, is permitted. FLTF is planning control programs in 2022 for the lakebottom trees. These trees are new habitat that has attracted mice, rabbits and the coyotes that eat them. If the trees are eliminated, this will also discourage the coyotes, as it will eliminate cover for the coyotes’ food source and the coyotes themselves. Tips for dealing with coyotes: Put trash out in the morning Don’t put your pet’s food outside Accompany your pet outside Scare coyotes off by clapping your hands, yelling, banging pots and pans, and making a lot of noise Remember they’re wild animals – don’t try to get close to them
Lakebottom Access & Use Rules

Article on FLTF website

RestoreTheLakes Communications

The Restore the Lakes team has prepared a FAQ for those interested in hearing about the latest developments.

SLA Annual Meeting Makeup Event

Attention Sanford Lake Association members! As many of you know, our annual membership meeting in Aug. was rained out just as we started. We have now rescheduled the event for Oct. 19th.

Representatives Annette Glenn and Roger Hauck will be speaking about dam safety and dam funding on October 19, 6:30 p.m., at Meridian High School. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

It is a members only event. There will be an opportunity to join or renew your SLA membership at the door. Don’t miss this chance to hear from our elected officials!

Independent Forensic Team Releases Interim Report

The intern report has been released by the forensic investigation team.

Read Report here

Sanford Lake Association Letter Writing

Since the rain disrupted our letter writing event at the Aug. 24th, 2021 SLA annual meeting/picnic we have scheduled a make up session.

Event is at the Jerome Township hall on Sept. 14th, 2021 5-7 for those who didn’t get to sign letters at the picnic, including ones that were printed but didn’t get signed, or want to drop off what they took home. Other lake residents are also welcome. The address is 737 W. Beamish of of West River Rd. MAP location.

Dropbox – We have a box sitting on the floor of the Admin office at the Jerome Township hall marked for people who took letters home to sign and are not able to attend our event. You can go in the back door of the hall, then the second door on the left. The offices are open 9-1 M-Th. The box will be available for people to drop them off between now and the Sept. 14th, 2021 event where we will be combining them in with the others. They can also drop them at the event on Sept. 14th, 2021 . It is important that people paperclip them in the order printed out, to make our sorting easier.

Founder’s Day – Sept. 11 & 12

The Sanford Historical Society will have the Founder’s Day celebration this year. The dates are Sept. 11 & 12, 2021. Highlights include the Downtown Sanford parade (noon Saturday, Sept. 11), Craft Show, Classic Car show and many things for kids. Admission is free.

SLA Annual Meeting/Picnic

It’s time again to renew friendships and meet some of our new back lot and lakefront owners. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 when the SLA will host its annual Potluck Picnic. We will meet at the pavilion in the Midland County Sanford Lake Park. Be sure to have your dish in the lineup by 6 p.m. when the potluck meal begins.

NOTE: This is our annual membership meeting/picnic. You must be an SLA member to attend. In addition for those that are lake or back lot that would like to join, you can do so prior to the meeting. Current members can also renew their membership.

This year our guest speakers will be Representatives Annette Glenn and Roger Hauck.  They will be speaking about the current dam safety and funding for dam repairs bills that are going through the House and Senate. Please bring any questions you have regarding the bills to the meeting for a Q&A. There will also be a letter writing campaign set up at the meeting so you can sign your own letter to be sent to our legislative representatives. 

Attendees will enjoy pulled pork sandwiches provided by the SLA; utensils and paper products will also be provided. Please bring your own beverage, a side dish to share, and a neighbor who would like to join the SLA.

Membership currently stands at 291 members and is comprised of lake lot and back lot home owners of Sanford Lake. Our purpose is to provide a consolidated voice for the common good of the lake community; promote lake community awareness regarding lake restoration efforts and concerns; support efforts to restore and maintain the lakefront; act as a liaison between the lake community and township; village and county governments as well as other governmental agencies; and to partner with Four Lakes Task Force to facilitate the restoration of the lake. 

The picnic gives SLA members the opportunity to ask questions and get better informed about issues impacting the Lake.

As usual there will be a table with Sanford Lake gear for sale including our new T-shirts, Sweatshirts, vehicle window decals and yard signs as well as a table where old and new neighbors can renew their membership or join or the SLA for an annual fee of $30.00 per household. Proceeds from our gear sale will go the FLTF to restore Sanford Lake.

Sanford Lake Association Now a Partner in Restore the Lakes

The Sanford Lake Association, along with, Wixon, Secord and Smallwood Lake Associations have partnered together to focus on restoring the the four lakes. To learn more please see our Restore The Lakes page here.

MDN: Sanford to bring back Fourth of July celebration

The Midland Daily News published an article about the upcoming Fireworks sponsored by the Sanford Lake Association.

After a year on hiatus due to the pandemic and devastating dam failures last year, the annual Sanford Fourth of July celebration will return. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at its new location at Sanford Lake Park.

Read the entire article here: Link

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Boyce Hydro Fined

FERC has fined Boyce Hydro fined $15 million for dam safety violations that led to failures, floods.

Read the article here.