GREATER WALL LAKE ASSOCIATION
The Annual Meeting which GWLA was planning to have at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute this summer has been cancelled. Given the current situation with covid pandemic and the governor's orders, an annual meeting is just a bad idea. Please stay safe and we will get together next year.
Snowmobiles are NOT permitted to ride over property they do not own or have permission to do so!
Please report all violations.
Thursday November 19
The Hope Township planning commission public meeting this Thursday, November 19 at 6:30pm has been cancelled. Please check back for updates.
Also we are currently putting together a petition for anyone who can not make it to the meeting or would like to avoid what will probably be a crowded meeting, so everyone can let the planning commission known their view.
Vaccine Update: Michigan is beginning to move into stage 1c and as of 1/12/21 is the first state to do so. Thanks to my age and a medical condition, I have a few things to share with you. I got an email last week and my vaccine appointment will be scheduled in the next few weeks. Watch you email for a notice when you can join the list to be vaccinated. In our area this is mainly being done by the app your doctor is affiliated with. For most of you it will be the app My Chart or My Health. The email will direct you to the app where you will answer several questions to determine your priority on the list. They will contact you when it is your turn to schedule your vaccine appointment (by phone if you do not have a computer). Currently vaccine appointments are filled thru 1/18/21. They plan to add weekend appointments soon to step up the vaccine rate. My son got the first vaccine shot three weeks ago. He felt 'half-crappy' the next day. I'm hearing that after the second vaccine shot, plan on feeling sick that following day.
Update: email on 1/22, still not scheduling appointments for the vaccine for the group I am in.
Update: My dad is schedule for the vaccine shot 2/12 at his retirement housing facility in Kent county.
Update: My son got his get second vaccine shot 2/01 and he called in sick to work for his next shift. Reaction to the vaccine shot is all over the board, anywhere from a sore arm to feeling sick for usually a day.
Update: 2/6 Got another e-mail, still on list, still cannot schedule appointment.
Three of my neighbors have gotten the first shot, another one scheduled for next week.
Update: 2/26 My dad got his first two weeks ago and my in-laws got their first vaccine shot today. More emails for me, not yet.
After you get the vaccine, keep wearing your mask and doing social distancing.
Our two best choices to prevent spreading the virus is social distancing and face masks. It is recommended a minimum of six feet for social distancing. For Face masks, they are not a stop all. Current data show them to be about 70 percent effective. Not everyone is wearing a face mask, there is an exemption for medical reason and others that simple chose not to. If you come across with someone with out a face mask, give them plenty of distance.
If you are feeling ill, stay home, call your doctor and isolate yourself.
Covid-19 self test. Take a deep, if you can hold that for 15 seconds, you probably don't have covid-19. Do daily or as often as you like.
Another helpful tip is to check your smell ability daily. Use something that has a strong or distinct smell and check/smell that often as you please. If you cannot smell that item, you need to get tested and isolate your self before you infect those that you love and are close to you.
If you become infected, the sooner you know and get treatment the better.
We all have to do our part to defeat the virus. The vaccine will take months to get it distributed to enough people before it will have any real effect.
Stay Safe Everyone
Update from Jim Dull, Drain Commissioner
Expect the channel to be cleared of leaf debris/ etc in July. Jim is
working on access to the site with adjacent land owners and
determining where the organic material can be placed. County has the equipment to perform the work, with COVID and rains, schedule has been pushed back.
Shallow Lake culvert improvements. Easements are in place.
Permitting, public review and comment periods need to be completed,
then actual work to be scheduled - that likely all translates to this Fall.
You don't need an expert to tell you that the water level on Wall Lake and the surrounding lakes are probably setting record high levels.
Michigan Lake and Stream Association did a webinar this spring about Michigan High Water. The presentation started with pictures of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in 2013, a year that set an all time low water record for Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (they are treated as one body of water since they are connected). Then the presentation states that we have seen record high water levels the last few years. For 2020, we have set a new all time high level record each and every month this year that is predicted to continue into summer. There are many factors that influence the water level, but the one mostly responsible for the swing from low level to our current high levels is an increase is precipitation in the area. This increased precipitation has also caused the high water levels in nearly every inland lake and river in the state of Michigan.
The high water level greatly increases the possibility of shoreline erosion, so until the water level goes down, please be mindful of what wake you cause and where you are on the lake this summer.