It’s hard to believe August is almost here! Reality set in for me when Tricia and the kids came home with new backpacks for the 2011-2012 school year. I suppose summer goes so quickly because we seem to stay busiest during this time of the year.

Summer is also the busiest time of year for LPA. Below are some of our highlights from the past month.

County Supervisor Redistricting

LPA members have done an excellent job participating in the redistricting process. Thanks to all of you who have written letters to the supervisors in support of a consolidated district for LPA. Please make a point to attend the public hearing at the Guthrie County Courthouse on August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am. I have spoken to multiple supervisors and they have assured me their minds remain open on this issue. A strong showing by LPA is essential to ensure our request is considered.

Canada Geese

The  novelty of Canada Geese has worn out its welcome for most of you. It’s nice to see them flying through Iowa in the fall, but the droppings of resident geese on our beaches, parks and golf course can be downright disgusting. LPA will be experimenting with deterrents beginning this August which are designed to discourage geese without physically harming them.

Boat Lighting

IA DNR has requested that we remind you to ensure your boat lights are on after dark. This also applies during events such as fireworks shows.

Erosion Control

The erosion control department has maintained a steady pace this season. The dredge has completed half of the 2011 contract and continues to stay slightly ahead of schedule for the year. The utility barge has been working diligently in Dale’s Cove and hopes to have that project completed by Labor Day.

LPA Staff has been working with the RIZ Board to develop silt basins in the Burchfield Cove and Helen’s Cove areas. These projects will serve the long-term needs for these coves which require dredging on a regular basis.

Dam Maintenance

LPA will not be lowering the lake this fall as originally planned. A 2012 lowering is now anticipated so that routine inspections can be done on the concrete spillway and the hydraulic cylinders.

Water Department

I spent some time at the water plant this morning with LPA staff and our engineer. We can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope to be done with everything in the next couple of weeks. At this time, we are tentatively planning to hold our open house shortly after Labor Day.

The aesthetic quality of our water is something we will continue to refine as we become more familiar with the characteristics of our new water source. I used to believe “water was simply water.” I have come to respect the complexity of this field and have great confidence that we have the right staff and engineer in place to maximize water quality for the membership.

In Closing…

August 1, 2011 marks the completion of my fourth year as LPA General Manager. I am honored to work for such a great community and appreciate all of the pride and effort displayed by the LPA Staff, Membership and Board. I am thankful to the Board for offering me a three-year contract at our meeting this past Tuesday. I look forward to the challenges and successes we will enjoy together in the coming years.

Take care,

John Rutledge


Did you know?  The plural of “Canada Goose” is “Canada Geese.” Many people mistakenly refer to them as “Canadian Geese.”

Quote to ponder:  “The ripest peach is highest on the tree.”  — James Whitcomb Riley