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April 15, 2014 | 01:46 PM
BLOOMFIELD — Fifteen people signed up for the recently created Pell Lake management association, but on April 10, village president Ken Monroe said the association has to set up shop before it can address concerns such as lake weeds.

“Out of the 15 people, they will have to decide on five to be on the board of directors, and out of those five, they’ll have to decide who will be a chairperson. Then, their work begins. They will have to sit down and set up some bylaws … and a meeting schedule.”

Then, said Monroe, the association likely will address the issues that prompted its creation in the first place.

In an email Monday, trustee Susan Bernstein said, “It is clear we need to protect and preserve our village’s beautiful natural resources. The association will have a unified voice to speak on behalf of its members, on matters regarding the lake and shoreline issues, the main goal of which is to be proactive in the protection of the water quality and the lake’s ecosystem.”

The Bloomfield Village Board adopted a resolution April 7 to create the association. Monroe said he expects it will take a month for the association to finish establishing bylaws and appointing board members.

It seems likely that the first major question the association will consider is will it rely on herbicides to manage lake weeds or use harvesters to cut them out. In the past, the village used the latter option.

But on April 7, the Bloomfield Village Board also adopted a resolution to allow herbicide use on Pell Lake. However, before they go in the water, the herbicides need approval from the state Department of Natural Resources.

“The association can sit down with the DNR and discuss which way is the way to go,” said Monroe, stressing that the April 7 action does not mean herbicides will be used.

Bernstein and, in a separate email Monday, trustee Ken Bauman remarked on why they voted in favor of the herbicide resolution. Attempts to obtain comments from trustees William Holder and Doug Mushel, whose term as trustee ended this week, were unsuccessful by press time.

Bernstein said herbicides are only used to kill invasive weed species, such as milfoil. She said herbicides are applied to the lake by a “licensed firm” and it is monitored by the DNR.

“I support both herbicides and weed harvesting. Both have different functions and can be used together,” Bernstein said.

Bauman said he supported the resolution because herbicides “have been used in many lakes around Wisconsin, and have had positive results.” He also said there is a potential cost savings to the community.

“I do support herbicides if it is approved by the Wisconsin DNR, (especially) if the use of them is beneficial to the ecosystem of the lake by removing invasive species of weeds.”

Monroe said he obtained a quote on herbicides from Stantec, of Stevens Point, for $3,925. Last year, it cost about $2,000 to have the lake weeds cut “but that was only five acres” of the lake, he said.

According to the village’s aquatic management plan, which was recently forwarded to the DNR for approval, there are 83 surface area acres of Pell Lake.

Rita Marcinkus, who ran for village trustee in the February primary, is one of the 15 who signed up for the association.

Others who signed up are Beth Saunders, Billy Gaede, Rich Olenoski, Vic Long, Gary Fritz, Sheryl Siedschlag Cavanaugh, Tim Cavanaugh, Tory Schuite, Billy Comiss, Adam Eldert, Christine Haider, Elaina Bayer, Bill Steinhoff, Chuck Varco and Nick Masek.

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