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Objectors to lake district can’t have it both ways PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

I read with interest the letter Dru Claar wrote (March 20 issue) concerning the Big Sand Lake Property Owners Association.

First, I would like to thank Dru for his two voluntary contributions for milfoil control (2-4-D) to treat the lake. Because of folks like Dru, the milfoil has gone from 312 acres in 2008 to 12 acres last year. I hope he does not confuse 2-4-D with DDT that was banned over half a century ago.

In every case that Dru’s and my lake were treated, the Army Corp Of Engineers had us do residual monitoring to confirm the chemical dissipated below detectable amounts.

The issue of a lake district is totally independent of the methods to control the quality of the lake. And you, Dru, have the control how much to spend on the district. What other taxing body can make that claim?

Getting back to Dru’s letter, the idea that we should have absolute freedom of what we pay for, even if it is for the common good, only applies to a lake district is silly. I would prefer that I don’t pay taxes to the school system in Phelps, after all I don’t get any benefit. I don’t send my kids there. Can’t have it both ways.

One more comment regarding all of you who play the “chemical” card, including the county chair. Not one of you has requested a public meeting to discuss problems and alternatives to chemically treating in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 after we put the Public Notice in the Vilas County News-Review. Not one.

It is ironic that not one objector to the lake district has spent one minute monitoring our lake for water quality, temperature, dissolved oxygen and chemistry, or inspecting boats at the landing for the Clean Boats Clean Waters program. No chemical involved there. Not one.

Bob Kelly

Phelps seasonal resident

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:01 PM

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