FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018
Kalamazoo County Road Commission
In an effort to keep local drivers informed of the latest traffic and road maintenance operations by the Road Commission, we have provided the following update for today October 30, 2018.
Please note: This information is subject to change. Projects, road closures and timing can change from day to day, depending upon a number of factors, and traffic delays can develop in a matter of minutes due to weather conditions, emergency situations, etc.
Road: 8th Street – Between Texas Drive and O Avenue
Current Status: Road closed beginning Friday, November 2, 2018
Project Information: Culvert Replacement
Start Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
End Date: TBD
We will update as information becomes available.
FEMA Funding & Ramifications
The Township is developing a request for funding from FEMA to help pay for a proposed project to address the flooding problems within the Township including Crooked lake.
The Township is collecting information from any and all township residence who have sustained damage and any related cost as a result of the current high water / flooding. Please either consult the Township's Web page or contact them directly if you have not already submitted a form explaining the damage you have sustained and the actual or estimated cost of repairs. The Township's engineering firm provided the following to help explain the FEMA Program:
Date: October 1, 2018
To: Julie VanderWiere, Superintendent
Company: Charter Tonship of Texas
From: Thomas A. Smith, P.E., CFM
Project #: 2180465
Re: FEMA Funding Ramifications
A FEMA PDM Program, authorized by Section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and
Emergency Assistance Act, is designed to assist local communities in implementing a sustained
pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program.
Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction,
and repeated damage. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from
future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters.
The program and other Hazard Mitigation programs do not include a direct connection with
development or redevelopment of FEMA flood zone delineations nor flood insurance
requirements. FEMA grants have no requirements regarding delineation of flood zones. In fact,
mitigation projects serve to reduce flood frequencies which would only lower flood levels.
Crooked Lake Ramp
The Crooked Lake Texas Association (CLTA) has purchased the former site of the Crooked lake Market to assure control of the boat ramp. Use of the Ramp will be restricted to those members who participate in the Ramp Capital Program. Many residents of the Lake have made the commitment to participate and paid the required fees based on the specific payment schedule they choose. Please contact anyone on the lake Board if you need information regarding your participation in the program.
Documents related to the program are listed below for your information:
CLTA Capital Commitment Form - Preserve our Current Lake Status and Boat Landing
Summary: The Crooked Lake Texas Lake Association (CLTA) has contracted to purchase the Crooked Lake Market property, excluding business assets, for $350,000 to secure our current lake status and boat landing access. CLTA will own the property and will secure a mortgage on the balance remaining after this capital campaign.
This link to the CLTA Capital Commitment Form takes you to a printable PDF form that explains why residents should contribute, financial commitment clarification, etc. We are strongly suggesting that you print two copies, one copy needs to be sent to the CLTA treasurer and the other form is for your records.
Option for payment - Amortization tables
TheOption for Payment - Amortization tableslink takes you to a printable PDF that shows the two options either the 5 year or the 10 year plan, payment dates, interest payed etc.
Ramp Access Agreement
The Ramp Access Agreement link takes you to a printable PDF that discusses the who what and when of accessing Crooked Lake. We are strongly suggesting that you print two copies, one copy needs to be sent to the CLTA treasurer and the other form is for your records.
- All signed contracts will be signed by the CLTA representative and a copy returned to you. CLTA will retain the original.
Note - a second home page has been added to display all of the current news and upcoming events. You will see the link to the second page when you hover over the word home in the menu at the top of each page.
Washing your Boat to prevent Invasive Species from entering the Lake - Anytime you use your boat on another lake it should be thoroughly cleaned before putting it back into Crooked Lake. Many lakes have been negatively impacted by invasive species such as zebra muscles. We all need to do everything possible to prevent invasive species from getting establish in our lake.
Crooked Lake Texas township Facebook page - We wanted everyone to know about the Crooked Lake Facebook page. It is set up to allow you to view the site with out logging into Facebook. Clicking herewill take you to the Facebook home page. The Facebook page has a section for photos form the 2016 boat parade, the annual summer fun day and other photos from around the lake.
This is the Web Site of the Homeowner's Association for the residents of the South West Michigan community of Texas Township, who own homes around Crooked Lake. This site contains information about our lake and Association Activities.
Crooked Lake Texas Association
Texas Township, Michigan
Current News & Upcoming Events:
Boat Safety - It is critically important that everyone who operates a boat on Crooked Lake have a working knowledge of Michigan Boating laws and how they apply to our lake. This is a link to the Michigan Boating Rules and Regulations Handbook. We have also included below a link to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Web site which includes additional details on boating rules and regulations.
Those rules include:
- You should travel in a counter clockwise direction when circling the lake.
- The area of the lake connecting the cove to the main area of the lake is a "NO WAKE ZONE". The Association marks that area with buoys in the Spring / Summer. It is important to remember this area is a "NO WAKE ZONE" at all times not only when the buoys are present.
Laminar Flow Aeration - The system was installed in the fall of 2014 and has been operating through out the Spring and Summer since 2015. Our DEQ permit requires us to perform specific tests of lake quality. In addition, the Lake Board has established a testing regiment to assess the performance of the system. We have contracted with Restorative Lake Sciences to conduct the required tests.