A couple of important reminders:
Council Member Opening
In September, Council President, Lynn Shimer resigned from Borough Council. Lynn will be surely missed as an asset to our community and the great work he did for Borough Council. This resignation has left an opening on Borough Council for appointment for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. The replacement will then have the opportunity to run for election for a 2-year term in November 2021. Any residents that are interested in the position can send an email to email@example.com.
The 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-up Operation has begun. Census takers have begun visiting households in our area. The Census Bureau asks that residents please answer the door and provide the answers to the questions the Census Taker asks. By answering, you will help ensure we will get our share of funding for the next 10 years. You can also avoid a follow-up visit from a Census Taker by responding online, by phone or by email.
Lake Lowering Schedule
Indian Lake Borough Council will be scheduling lake draw down starting October of 2021. We will then schedule future drawdowns every 4 years from the starting date of October 2021 (2025, 2029, etc.). This falls in line with Stonycreek Development’s schedule as their first scheduled draw is Fall of 2022 and they will follow the 4-year schedule, eliminating both lakes being lowered at the same time. The valve will be opened and monitored no sooner than the second week of October of each 4-year term. The lake will be drawn down approximately 8-12 feet. The valve will then be closed no later than the first week in April of each 4-year term. Indian Lake Borough will continue to apply for the annual DEP permit in case an emergency arises.
Water Treatment Plant and Water Rate Increase
A permit request has been prepared, submitted and approved by DEP for a second storage tank and a treatment plant, adjacent to the Cherry Lane Tank, for removal of iron and manganese from our drinking water. The project cost is expected to be just under $1.5 Million, and we hope to obtain a low-interest PennVest loan to pay for it. Repayment is expected to occur over the next 20 years or so and will be accomplished by increased rates. Rates are expected to go up between $100-$150 per year, beginning in 2021. Should you have questions, please contact Council@indianlakepa.us .
Proposed Changes to Boating Ordinance
The Council is considering changes to the boating ordinance that will link “reckless operation” to specified provisions of the PA Fish and Boat regulations so as to provide more clarity as to what constitutes “reckless operation.” Council is also evaluating a proposed change that would permit persons who own a home in the Borough to utilize towables when renting a boat from the Marina. Council also plans to re-activate the Boating Committee to perform further study of the wave height issue and possible changes to the ordinance further regulating slow speed operation that is the most significant source of large waves. Council anticipates publication of a draft shortly after the beginning of the new year.
Proposed Changes to Nuisance Ordinance
While the current Indian Lake Nuisance Ordinance contains restrictions relative to noise and many other things, noise complaints have increased dramatically in recent years and Council is considering a proposal that would more clearly define what constitutes a violation and provide a process for permitting activities that many residents enjoy while providing reasonable limits to ensure that others are not unreasonably disturbed.
Fall Waste Management Bulk Pick Up
The Fall 2020 Clean-Up Weekend for Waste Management customers (only) will be September 19-20, with pickup on Monday morning, September 21, 2020. Larger/bulky objects (non-typical trash items) must be placed curbside, even if you have regular back-door service.
Please refer to the guidelines from WM available by clicking on the button/link below: