A couple of important reminders:
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.
On July 20th, 2020 Aquatic Environment Consultants, Inc. conducted an application of aquatic herbicide to Indian Lake. The purpose of the application was to suppress the growth of aquatic vegetation growing close to boat docks and in high use areas. Aquatic vegetation is an important part of a lake’s aquatic ecosystem and should be allowed to exist in balance with all lake activities. The aquatic plant vallisneria was the primary target of the July application. While the herbicide will not completely kill the entire plant, it will suppress the growth and reduce the interference it causes for boaters and swimmers. A few areas were also targeted for pondweeds, but most areas of pondweed should be left untreated as native pondweeds provide good habitat for the fishery. The aquatic herbicide that was applied on July 20th did not have any restriction on water usage for swimming, boating, fishing or potable water use. The lake remained open for all water related activities on the date of application.
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 .
Borough Council accepted the bid for fiber reinforced sealcoating to be completed in late August or September. The section of road to be completed with be from the bottom of Palmer Drive around the Peninsula to the three way stop at Peninsula Drive and South Shore Trail. Stay tuned for the dates once they are scheduled.
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: