Compromise …

“People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Compromise is an interesting topic. When discussing ethics and morals, there should be no room for compromise. Ethics and morals are “absolutes” and should be steadfast. Compromise can, however, be a very appropriate course to choose when resolving political differences. A good, local example of this type of compromise is the LPA Board’s position on the feeding of whitetail deer.

At its last meeting, the LPA Board considered a comprehensive ban on the feeding of deer at Lake Panorama. To say the least, this is a controversial topic. On the one hand, there are many members who would support a ban on feeding deer. Feeding causes deer to unnaturally congregate in focused areas which is generally unhealthy for the surrounding vegetation and for the herd itself.

On the other hand, many members enjoy feeding deer. They want to help out the animals during tough winters such as the one we had last year. They believe a little, nutritional “boost” to the herd during these tough times is humane and causes little harm over the long run.

As a means of compromise, the Board has tabled the feeding ban and instead approved the implementation of an aggressive harvesting policy for the 2010-2011 season. This approach will seek to significantly reduce the number of whitetail deer through legal and ethical hunting. Meat from this program will either be consumed by the hunter or donated to Iowa’s HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program.

As we move forward, I encourage you to support this policy. We truly believe we can be effective at herd reduction without having to implement a feeding ban throughout the association. It’s crucial that both sides rally behind this program cooperatively in order for it to succeed.

The best way you can support herd reduction is to send LPA a modest donation of $20. Your funds will be exclusively used to fund our incentive program for the harvest of either a Canada goose or a whitetail deer. 2010-2011 season results will be reviewed following the season to determine our success and re-evaluate the appropriateness of a feeding ban. Thank you in advance for your donation!

Attached below is my report to the LPA Board this month. Please feel free to give me a call at the office if you would like to discuss any of these topics.

Take care,

John Rutledge

GM – LPA

Lake Panorama Association

General Manager’s Report (as of 8/18/10)

Administration

  • LPA hosted a conference call today with FEMA, IA DNR, MHF Engineering and local realtors regarding flood plain designations. The conversation resulted in several potential solutions which will require additional research in the coming weeks.
  • President Jeschke, Secretary Thompson and I met with representatives from the Sunset Ridge Condo Association and executed the settlement agreement as approved last month. (Minor verbiage changes were agreed to for clarification purposes only.)
  • As discussed last month, the operational budget remains on track with the exception of the Maintenance department. We will be deferring two significant capital purchases to offset this overage in roads. Combined expenditures for the capital and operational budgets should still meet goals, although certain line items will vary significantly from the budget we prepared in the fall of 2009.

  • Contractors have completed re-paving the entrance to the LPA office. This will provide a handicap accessible entrance ramp which no longer requires a high step into the LPA building. Landscaping work is ongoing.

  • LPA is in the process of applying for an IA DNR grant to study the Burchfield watershed. We are hopeful this will be the first stage in a process which will reduce erosion, nitrates, bacteria and other harmful characteristics of the water.

Maintenance

  • The Maintenance Department has been working on a variety of items and is in the process of coordinating a fall work plan with the Erosion Control department. The two departments will be cooperating to address some small cove erosion & drainage issues.

  • The brush disposal sites have been open for several weeks and everything is functioning effectively.

Security

  • Security has scheduled an informational meeting for deer hunters on September 10th. Security is also in the process of finalizing October goose hunts.

  • LPA has received several donations for deer and goose harvesting. We hope these continue to arrive so we can fund the harvest of many does this season.

  • Security is in the process of reviewing bids for replacing the department’s primary vehicle. Purchase should be completed in the next week with the vehicle being placed into service shortly thereafter.

LP West Golf Course

  • Wet weather over the 4th of July resulted in reduced greens fees and cart rentals for the month. Expenses were also down for the month.

  • Cart path paving is still on the 2010 schedule but is dependent upon weather and the contractor’s schedule.

Water

  • LPA hosted a pre-construction meeting this week with Grosch Drilling Co. Grosch will be on site very soon and expects to begin drilling in early September. Drilling will be ongoing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. LPA will be notifying neighboring members so they are aware of the activity. Noise and light issues are not expected to be significant enough to cause problems.

  • Tom Madden, Yaggy Colby, is preparing necessary paperwork so the Board can award bids on the plant construction at the September meeting.

  • The agenda packet includes preliminary cash flow models for this project. We will be able to tighten these up when the bids arrive for the other components of this project. Further discussion of these models is on the agenda.

Erosion Control

  • As mentioned earlier, Erosion Control is working with the Maintenance Department to coordinate a fall work schedule for drainage projects.
  • Small cove work to date has been effective, however, we have had fewer working days than expected due to continued rains and debris.
  • Dredging in the upper basin is on track for an early November completion.
  • RIZ meets this coming Friday to discuss ongoing projects. We continue to work cooperatively with them on several projects.

Dam

  • Dam slough repair is completed except for seeding. Rock quantities proved to be above original estimates. We knew from the beginning that this was reasonably likely and budgeted with that in mind. The total project should come in around $140k which is under the $150k used in our cash flow models. Overall, it has been a very worthy and successful project.

Respectfully submitted,

John Rutledge

GM – LPA

Quote to ponder — “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau


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