Spring has sprung!

Another winter has passed and life is returning to the Lake Panorama landscape.

Here are some fresh reminders–handy tidbits for your spring projects–

  1. Yard waste–twigs, leaves, branches, and anything else that grows on your property and needs to be disposed of can be taken to one of the two yard waste (brush dump) facilities–one on each side of the lake. The yard waste sites are open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. We close them on Mondays and Tuesdays for managed burning and other work that needs to be done. The yard waste sites can take anything that grows on your property except root balls, stumps, and logs greater than 12 inches in diameter. The rules of the site prohibit the disposal of construction debris (including untreated lumber), trash, garbage, and other items, whether the items are burnable or not. Soft items (1/4 inch and smaller wood, grass, leaves, etc) are to be put in the compost areas and all the woody material greater than 1/4 inch in diameter should go in the burn piles.
  2. LPA members can burn leaves on their own property, but must supervise the fire and be considerate of neighbors concerning smoke. Do not burn on windy days or immediately prior to potential wind changes.
  3. If that Iowa DNR required dock sign got damaged or lost over the winter, another one can be ordered from the LPA for $20, if picked up at the office. The signs can be mailed for about $5.
  4. If you are planning building projects, landscaping projects, shoreline work, dock installation, or just about any other project outside of your home, please contact the office to see if the project requires a permit. Land disturbing permits are needed for new driveways, ditch filling requests (not always allowed), work within 100 feet of the lake and for any land disturbance of over 1,000 square feet. Those permits are free.  Building permits are needed for most construction projects. You can get a checklist of requirements for building permits by clicking here.
  5. The Annual Meeting is Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Every member is invited and mailings will be sent the week of April 20. The ballot for board of directors will be included.
  6. Gentle reminder–all vehicles that are outside must be currently licensed and in operating condition.
  7. Never hesitate to call the office if you have questions. We may not know the answer right now, but we can find it.
  8. Watch for the General Manager’s coffees at the Conference Center. The first is Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. and will cover the Rural Improvement Zone legislation that is working its way through the legislature.
  9. Enjoy the beauty of spring at Lake Panorama!