Thursday, January 17, 2008
Snow Lake News
It looks and sounds like we have some eager beaver homeowners here at the lake who got an early start with their lake projects this past week. Saws are buzzing and hammers are echoing all over the lake. Hubby and I took a boat ride Saturday and we saw several new bulkheads that have been installed plus several more in the works. Contractors have been working, after getting a permit, from dawn to dusk to beat the predicted bad weather and the two-week clock. Let’s hope we get good construction weather so we can once again get our shoreline beautiful with updated docks and boathouses.
Speaking of eager beavers and permits: the beaver families of Snow Lake are in violation of our town’s bylaws by constructing a dam without a permit. As of this date, no dam permits have been requested by this family, which will result in mayor Pierpont sending a letter to the dam builders, ordering them to cease and desist in their dam building. If they refuse, they will be required to appear in court for failure to purchase and fill out a dam permit.
Every time we go out on the dock, a few of these four-foot, sixty-pound boys swim up and go under our boathouse. Hubby could hear them fussing over Snow Lakers taking away their homes where they usually do their courting in January and February. Hubby told them to go talk to C.Y. Maybe we won’t see as many baby beavers come April, but when they give birth to as many as eight babies, let’s not hold our breath. Did you know that prehistoric beavers were six feet long, not including the tail?
Southerners are never surprised at drastic weather changes, but as a reminder; winterize your house if you are a weekender or when you take a trip. Turn your water off at the street and also your hot water heater, then drain all lines and flush your toilets.
If we do get snow or ice, Mayor Pierpont will have the roads de-iced as soon as possible. If we lose our utilities, our firehouse will be open to those in need. Thanks to the donations of most Snow Lakers and the Ladies Auxiliary volunteers, our firehouse has a generator for heat, plus cots, blankets and emergency supplies for our comfort.
January’s town meeting was held on the seventh with Mayor Pierpont presiding and aldermen Bledsoe, Morton and alderwoman Lott in attendance. The only item on the agenda was the monthly budget and after a short discussion it was passed.
There were also discussions concerning construction permits, leaf burning and our water supply: The mayor stated that a few residents have been notified that they are in violation for not obtaining a construction permit. Permits are for everyone’s safety and to cover the cost of a qualified inspector verifying that the work was done according to building codes.
The cost of a construction permit covers two visits by an inspector that is contracted by the town of Snow Lake. Permits for simple projects that do not involve wiring, footing or plumbing, cost less and only require one visit from the inspector. Years ago, an entire family and one fireman lost their lives when their house burned down due to faulty wiring done by the homeowner.
The town does not make any money on permits; they are for the safety of the homeowner and his family.
Residents who are exposed to large amounts of smoke from their neighbors burning leaves have been a concern of several residents. When burning leaves, do so when there is little wind and keep your burn piles small so as not to inhibit the fresh air inside your neighbors homes and affect the health of those sensitive to Mother Nature.
Other complaints were received regarding leaf fires close to propane tanks and houses being shaken from the results of gasoline used to start fires.
Gasoline is a big “no-no” for starting a fire. Use diesel fuel or charcoal starter, as they have a low “flash point” and are safer than gasoline.
Mayor Pierpont notified me shortly after last week’s deadline that January’s water bills went out late because of the holidays. We learned at the town meeting that it is a federal offense to tinker with a municipality’s water supply; yep, it’s federal. A person who is found guilty of pilfering with a water system would spend many years in jail without chance of parole.
The Big Monthly Breakfast will be held this Saturday beginning at 7 a.m., followed by the informative Property Owners Corp. meeting. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the lake you should attend this meeting. Potluck will be next Saturday, the 26th.
Starting in January every year and throughout the year I often write about the wonder of our volunteers. Shortly after this January’s article I heard from a few residents who also praised these volunteers and wanted to join some of the committees. I happily referred them to the chairman of the committees that they were interested in.
Shortly after Mike and Frieda Fair moved back to the lake from Lamar, Mike, who is the fire chief of north Benton Fire Department, became very ill. He is in the ICU of Methodist Central. Mr. and Mrs. Ed McCulley lost their son-in-law this week after a long illness. Ed Kohen has been experiencing a few problems recently, but it’s hard to keep this man down. These families need our prayers and support. email@example.com
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