Danger, thin ice.

The unusual freeze/thaw cycle this winter has the lake level rising and falling unpredictably. While the lake may appear to be frozen, it could be deceiving and very dangerous in spots. For your safety, please stay off of the ice.

Thank you, SVDC

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Another Installment of The SVDC Rules and Regulations

BUILDING CODES

  1. Building permits must be secured from Stonycreek Township.
  2. All building plans must be approved by the Board of Directors. Plans for all structures, including boat docks, shall be submitted to the Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation for approval and shall show the following:
    1. Location of the building on the property and distance from property lines and lake.
    2. Location of access roads in relation to property.
    3. Plans may be in sketch form and after review by the Corporation the applicant will be advised of approval or disapproval.
  3. Building Requirements
    1. Only one dwelling may be built on each lot. The footprint of such dwelling must be eight hundred (800) square feet or larger.
    2. The dwelling or any other structure must be on the back two-thirds of the lot opposite from the lake front.
    3. Any structural changes to boat docks must be submitted for approval.
    4. Boat docks constructed at the water’s edge shall have all sides open and extend no farther than twenty (20) feet into the lake from the shore line.
    5. A second building, not to be used as a dwelling, may be constructed for the purpose of a garage, boat storage, tool storage, etc.

Current Water Level

As you may know, the water level of the lake is up. With the recent rain, we are doing our best to try to keep the water level down, but the streams that feed into the lake, combined with the water coming over the Indian Lake spillway, are making it impossible to stay ahead of the water. The valve will remain open to allow water to drain until the spring as planned. As stated in the fall, the lake will not be refilled until any ice has melted so as the water level begins to rise, chunks of ice will not float on top of the water causing possible damage.

Memory Refresher

From time to time this winter, we are going to post sections of the Rules and Regulations. It is always good to refresh our memories about what the rules that govern the lake are, but there are also a lot of new members to our community who may not be aware of the Rules and Regulations.

REGULATIONS FOR SUBDIVISION OF LOTS
Lake Front Lots
If a sale, lease, rental or grant of an easement is made of any portion of a Seller’s land from the normal water’s edge up to the 150 feet limit, the following will apply:
A minimum of seventy five (75) feet of lake frontage is needed for each new dock, be it either an individual, renter or lessee.
Road access is needed for each lot.
Any and all sub-divisions must be approved by the County Planning Commission and the Board of Directors.
All building codes, Rules and Regulations of the Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation must be strictly adhered to.
A $1.50 per front foot charge for lake maintenance will be charged each year. This amount is subject to future increases if expenses warrant and approved by the majority vote of the Board of Directors. Any sub-divided front lot would have a minimum fee annual fee of $150.00
As stated above, the lake maintenance fee may occasionally be increased on an equal basis for all properties within the Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation Lake Stonycreek jurisdiction if expenses warrant and are approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Rear Lots
If a sale, lease, rental or grant of an easement is made of any portion of a Seller’s land (unless it is sold as a whole or for farming purposes) and any portion of the rear lot lies from the normal water’s edge up to 450 feet limit, the following will apply:
Minimum one half acre (21,789 sq. ft.) in size.
Road access is needed for each lot.
Any and all sub-divisions must be approved by the County Planning Commission and the Board of Directors.
All building codes, Rules and Regulations of the Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation must be strictly adhered to.
A one cent per square foot annual fee for lake maintenance will be charged. This amount is subject to future increases if expenses warrant and approved by the Board of Directors.
After having been sub-divided, if a rear lot owner’s land lies within the 450 feet limit and beyond, and that individual requires fishing and/or boating permits, the lake maintenance fee will follow the guidelines of the rear lot assessment requirements, but at no time be less than a $150.00 minimum charge.
Rear lots within the 450 feet limit when properly sub-divided with Board approval, will be entitled to boating privileges only when all current and past assessments and fines (if any) have been paid and when all boating requirements have been fulfilled according to our Rules and Regulations.

Do you remember the Rusty Rudder?

Who remembers the Rusty Rudder Newsletter? It was written by the late George Light when he was president of the now defunct Lot Owners Association. George also served on the Board of Directors and was very dedicated to the lake. In 2006, we were just beginning to learn about the idea of a public sewer system coming to the Lake Stonycreek community. By next year, the system will be up and running.20161108_180917-web20161108_180732-web-2

Drawdown Update

Greetings!  The drawdown is generating some healthy dialogue within our lake community.  Thank you for that!

Some are concerned about the rate of the drawdown.  Agreed that the rate was faster than 2014.  The difference was we had no rain during the 2016 drawdown like we had in 2014 thus leading to a faster drawdown in 2016.

The 2016 drawdown is at 60″ and within 6″ of the 2014 drawdown.  Hence, no discernible difference.

We share your concern regarding the health of the fish population.  All things being equal, drawdown rate notwithstanding, the fish population should be safe.  While not scientific, anecdotal evidence from fisherman in 2015 was that the 2104 drawdown had no effect on the fish population.  In fact, the prevailing opinion was that the 2015 fishing season was “better than ever”.

The valve is now closed to a opening that we judge to be roughly equal to the inflow.  Its not an exact science, and we will monitor and modify the valve opening relative to inflow especially given the expected heavy rainfall forecasted.

Thank you all for you input and cooperation as we exercise one of the weapons in our weed control arsenal and balance that with other concerns such as the health of our fish population.

We welcome your input and willingness to work with us on better ways to balance sometimes competing objectives.

Thank you.
The SVDC Board

No Fishing During Lake Draw Down

A reminder that while the lake is drawn down there will be no fishing allowed, including ice fishing this winter. We humans have an unfair advantage when the fish are confined to a smaller area.

The ice will be unsafe, no matter how cold it may get, with the fluctuating water levels so being on the ice is prohibited. As in the summer, safety first always.

October 15th Lake Drawdown

Are you preparing for the October 15th lake drawdown?  Boats should be pulled from the lake or put on a lift. 
 
This is the time to schedule any lakefront repairs (From the SVDC Rules and Regulations – “All dock and boat house owners on the perimeter of the lake are required to maintain the shoreline in a non-erosive condition and docks, boat houses and boat lifts in safe repair and securely fastened.”
 
Prepare and protect your dock and seawall for the winter freeze/thaw.  Hay bales will help insulate them.  Insulated tarps and concrete curing blankets are also good protection.
 
Any dock construction plans must be approved by the Board (From the SVDC Rules and Regulations -“All building plans must be approved by the Board of Directors. Plans for all structures, including boat docks, shall be submitted to the Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation for approval and shall show the following: I. Location of the building on the property and distance from property lines and lake.
ii. Location of access roads in relation to property.
iii. Plans may be in sketch form and after review by the Corporation the applicant will be advised of approval or disapproval.”
 
If you are aware of any problematic tree stumps on the lake bottom, please identify their location as best as you can and let the Board know of the location by emailing palakestonycreek@gamail.com.  Every effort will be made during the drawdown to remove tree stumps from the lake bottom.

Winner list from the Kids Fishing Derby

There were 25 participants in the Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday. All who came out to fish are winners, but here is the list of the big winners.

In the 3-5 year old category, Louis Delsignor caught 14 fish.
In the 6-8 year old category, Vivian Volek caught 17 fish.
In the 9-10 year old category, Grant Volek caught 29 fish.
In the 11-14 year old category, Justin Steele caught 22 fish.
The lunker award for the largest fish caught went to Jackson Belsterling.

We thank all of the sponsors who helped make the day enjoyable for everyone. A big thank you to Sean Isgan for all of the work that he puts in to make sure it’s great fun for all.

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