Friday, June 14, 2019

Important Information for Long Lake Landowners with the Deadline for Input 6/13/19 by 3:30PM

This is a chance to make your voice heard 

 

The June 24th, 6 PM , Hubbard County Environmental Services Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Meeting at the Hubbard County Government Center in County Board Room #324 has 2 items for Long Lake that may interest you.

A)  The Conditional Use Application 4-CU-19 to operate a recreational vehicle campground (parcel 13.42.05000) which was tabled at the May meeting is being covered by the Planning Commission (PC) in Old Business.  The additional input requested by the PC and that was provided by the applicant for the PC consideration for the June 24 meeting is attached.  Our Long Lake Area Association Board will update our Findings of Facts comments.  We believe it is important to comment and be present because the vacant position in the PC has now been filled.  The new individual hasn't experienced our previous comments, site visits, attendance at hearings, etc.

B)  The Variance Application 15-V-19 by the Hubbard Township will be heard by the Board of Adjustment.  The variance is for upgrading the south access (parcels 14.20.02041 and 14.20.02011) which will help prevent runoff, soil erosion, provide rain gardens, tarred parking spots, and more... This upgrade is something that our Long Lake Area Association has had in our lake plan since 2010 http://www.longlakeliving.org/p/lake-management-plans.html for water quality protection, usability, and more.  The LLAA BOD has worked toward this upgrade whenever the opportunity presented itself.  Hubbard County was able to secure a grant now and will administer the grant for the township.

As a citizen, you are able to review the project documentation for the items above by following the links in the Hubbard County Environmental Services meeting agenda here:
http://cms6.revize.com/revize/hubbardcounty/June%202019%20PCBOA%20Agenda.pdf

You are also able to comment on items on the agenda in writing by Wed 6/19 at 3:30PM by emailing or U.S. Postal Service or hand-deliver to:

Written comments / materials on agenda items must be submitted to:
Hubbard County Environmental Services
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Please include the submitter's complete name and address of residence.  Include your seasonal residence address here at the lake in addition.  Include the subject, for example 4-CU-19

Your email comments should include all the same submitter information and the subject too.  Email to Eric Buitenwerf, Environmental Services Director at email address: ebuitenwerf@co.hubbard.mn.us

The Planning Commission Findings of Fact criteria may help guide you in creating your own specific, factual comments.  Just pick one or two areas that you want to comment on. The LLAA Board will be updating our May 1st document on 4-CU-19 prior to Wed 6/19/19 at 3:30 PM:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxj3i6XNgv2PdXdITllvN3pSVWFGa0M3c0JWNXVURFRKdWlF/view 

Here is the link to the Environmental Services area where you will find the different Findings of Fact criteria for conditional use permits or for variances:  http://www.co.hubbard.mn.us/departments/environmental_services/planning_commission_board_of_adjustment.php#revize_document_center_rz683

The site visits by the Hubbard County Environmental Services Planning Commission / Board of Adjustments for the Long Lake parcels will be on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  Allow plus / minus 30 minutes from the listed time.

11:50 AM  15-V-19, South Access at Hubbard on Long Lake

12:15 PM  4-CU-19, Parcel 13.42.05000 recreational vehicle campground is 18080 Emerald Island Circle, Park Rapids.  Don't enter the lot until the Hubbard County Planning Commission arrives.  You can follow behind and listen.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Letter from LLAA Board to Lake Property Owners

Dear Long Lake Property Owners,

We wanted to let you know that there is an opportunity for you to provide your own comments, both written and/or in person regarding the requested Conditional Use Application 4-CU-19.  The applicant is requesting a conditional use permit per Section 401, Table 1 of the Shoreland Management Ordinance to operate a recreational vehicle campground on the northwest side of Long Lake on Hubbard County parcel ID: 13.42.05000. See the timeline for your opportunities to participate below.

Your own comments, perspectives & your presence matter for Long Lake!

Part of Long Lake Area Association's (LLAA) mission and values support the association’s involvement in education and communication on commenting on this proposed Conditional Use Application 4-CU-19.

Monday 5/20/19 at 6 PM,
Hubbard County Government Center,
301 Court Ave,
Board Room #324
Park Rapids

The Conditional Use Application 4-CU-19 will be heard by the Planning Commission along with other agenda items.  Instructions for navigating to the electronic county agenda are documented on the Notice of Hubbard County Board of Adjustment Public Hearing/Meeting for 4-CU-19 in the next link.  From the county agenda link you can access the full application in doc 53649 online.  Agenda for County Meeting on CUPs May 20, 2019

Public comment on agenda items may be made orally during the hearing/meeting 5/20/19 or in writing by 5/15/19, 3:30 PM.

Written comments/materials on agenda items must be submitted to:

Hubbard County Environmental Services,
301 Court Ave.,
Park Rapids, MN 56470
✔️by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Please include the submitter’s complete name and address of residence.  Include your seasonal residence address here at the lake in addition.

Your email written comments should be addressed to and include the Subject: 4-CU-19  

Eric Buitenwerf, Environmental Services Director
Hubbard County Environmental Services
301 Court Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Email:  ebuitenwerf@co.hubbard.mn.us

The Planning Commission Findings of Fact criteria may help guide you in creating your own specific, factual comments.  (We have included our LLAA findings of fact attached which include the criteria regarding 4-CU-19, for your information. Link to pdf of LLAA letter

Link to blank Findings of Fact document

Onsite property review of parcel for 4-CU-19 will occur on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at approximately 11:10 AM (allow at least + / - 30 minutes from scheduled time).  Parcel address is 18080 Emerald Island Circle, Park Rapids.  Don’t enter the lot until the Hubbard County Planning Commission arrives.  You can follow behind and listen.

We hope you find this information helpful so that you can feel comfortable being part of the public comment process – written and/or verbal.  We look forward to seeing you at the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment (BOA) meeting if you are in the area.  We continue to work in partnership with the Neighborhood #6 team and the lawyer with shoreland ordinance experience, Mr. James Peters.

A final note to consider for your calendar is the CUP recommendation from the Planning Commission may be on the Hubbard County Commissioner's Board Meeting agenda on June 4th; if not at that meeting, then on June 18th.

Keep track of county commissioner agendas here:
  Links to County Commissioners' agenda

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc.

For more information about Shoreland Ordnance procedures go to our Shoreland Ordnance tab: direct link

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ice Out Date for 2019: April 26

This is to let our members know that the Long Lake Area Association Official Ice Out Date has been confirmed by our Ice Spotters as Friday, 4/26/2019.  By 6PM on Friday, April 26th, the only ice apparent was drink-size ice cubes at 160th in about a 3 to 4 foot area along the shore for a short distance.  The ducks were happily swimming around near it, declaring open water throughout Long Lake.

Sharon Natzel will update the DNR/MPCA Climatology team.  The new charts and graphs that Vern Campbell and Lou Schultz are compiling are posted on our Ice Out Data page:  http://www.longlakeliving.org/p/ice-in-ice-out-data.html

We had 90 people turn in guesses on the Ice Out date.  Twenty-three people came within two days either side of the official ice out.  Our association members seem to know Long Lake pretty well.

Congratulations to the two people who guessed correctly that the ice out would be on April 26th.

David Anderson

4/26/2019

Karin Hansen

4/26/2019


Remember, everyone who submitted a guess will be entered into the drawing at our annual meeting for the Spring Quilt.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Update on Variance requested by RV Park

This is the text of a letter that is being mailed or emailed to all members of the Long Lake Area Association about a new variance application that will be considered on 4/22/19 by the Hubbard County Board of Adjustment. This information is being provided as part of our continuing mission to communicate with our members. 

These are links to the previous posts here on LongLakeLiving.org from last Fall concerning this matter:


April 7, 2019

Dear Long Lake Lake-shore Owners,

It has come to the attention of the Long Lake Area Association Board of Directors that Chris Bolton has requested a variance again from the recreational vehicle camping site 3000 sq. ft. minimum area requirement in Section 402.8.C of the Shore-land Management Ordinance. We wanted to let you know that there is an opportunity to provide your own comments, both written and/or in person regarding the requested variance 4-V-19 to allow 2400 sq. ft. minimum recreational vehicle camping site sizes instead of the minimum of 3000 sq. ft.  This area is part of his proposed RV Park on the northwest side of Long Lake on Hubbard County parcel ID: 13.42.05000. See the timeline for your opportunities to participate way below.   Your comments and your presence matter for Long Lake!

Part of LLAA’s mission and values support the association’s involvement in education and communication on commenting on this proposed project variance.

On Monday 4/22/19 at 6 PM, Hubbard County Government Center, 301 Court Ave, Park Rapids, Board Room #324, the variance 4-V-19 will be reviewed by the Board of Adjustment (BOA) along with other agenda items.  Instructions for navigating to the electronic county agenda and the variance applications are documented on the Notice of Hubbard County Board of Adjustment Public Hearing/Meeting for Variance Application 4-V-19 attached.

Your written comments should be addressed to and include Subject: 4-V-19  

        Eric Buitenwerf
        Environmental Services Director
        Hubbard County Environmental Services
        301 Court Avenue
        Park Rapids, MN 56470

Email:  ebuitenwerf@co.hubbard.mn.us

The BOA Finding of Fact criteria may help guide you in creating your own specific, factual comments:

    •    Is the need for a variance due to circumstances unique to the property and not created
         by the current or prior property owners?
    •    Will the issuance of the variance maintain the essential character of the locality?
    •    Does the stated practical difficulty involve more than just economic considerations?

Now until Wednesday, 4/17/19 – 4:30 PM – written comments are due that you want the BOA to have in the morning as they leave from the Hubbard County Court House by van for the Lot Viewals.  See criteria for BOA above.

Thursday, 4/18/19 – 10:15 AM is the Lot Viewal Time +/- 30 Minutes.  The public can observe the BOA Lot Viewal by following behind the BOA once they arrive and just listen.  Don’t enter the lot until after the BOA arrives.  The property address for parcel 13.42.05000 is:  18080 Emerald Island Circle, Park Rapids, MN 56470

Monday 4/22/19 – 6 PM is the BOA Meeting in Room #324 of Hubbard County Gov. Center for the Variance for 4-V-19 and other items on agenda.  Also, during each meeting, there is a public comment opportunity limited to 3 minutes per speaker per agenda item.  See the Meeting Procedure on Environmental Services Website * or on the LLAA website on the Shoreline Ordinance tab.

    •    Go to www.co.hubbard.mn.us
    •    Select Environmental Services under Departments
    •    Select Planning Commission / Board of Adjustments
    •    Information section has * meeting procedure* and Findings of Fact
    •    Use the Document Center to explore documents.  Agenda’s will be under the current
          year 2019

We hope you find this information helpful so that you can feel comfortable being part of the public comment process – written and/or verbal.  We look forward to seeing you at the BOA meeting if you are in the area.  We continue to work in partnership with the Neighborhood #6 team and the lawyer with shore-land ordinance experience, Mr. James Peters.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors of the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc

Click here to see full Notice of Hubbard County Board of Adjustment Public Hearing / Meeting for Variance Application 4-V-19 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring Fever Watch is On: The 2019 Ice Out Contest

It's that time of year again!

Our "Spring Fever Watch" is on and Long Lake Area Association is announcing the 2019 Ice Out Contest.


✔️ The rules:
  • Submit your entries to: longlakeliving@gmail.com
  • This year all guesses need to be submitted by Earth Day which is Monday, 4/22/2019
  • The prizešŸ†for guessing the exact date of ice out is bragging rights on your superior insight.
  • Spring Quilt donated by Monika's Yarn & Quilt Shop
  • All who submit guesses will be entered into a drawing at this year's annual meeting for the best prize, a spring quilt donated by Monika's Yarn and Quilt shop!
✔️ From Lou Schultz:
"The sun has been shining and high temperatures in the forties this week and it is like winter has left us abruptly.  Yes, we still have pretty good snow cover but that sun feels so nice.
  According to our records, the median ice-out date is April 19.  We can tell from the data that we can be 99.7% sure it will not be before March 20 nor after May 18.  Kay is guessing April 19 and I am going with April 21 for this year."

✔️ From Paul Douglas (Star Tribune column):
"Readers are asking if winter is really over?  Sort of.  Expect a few final tantrums of slush in coming weeks.  On Friday a rain-snow mix may drop a couple inches of slush on far southern Minnesota. Don't worry.  It'll melt.  With any luck, we won't enjoy a mid-April blizzard this year."

✔️ It seems that snow should melt from the top down, but the truth is that it melts from the bottom up. The sun's warmth heats the darker ground, which melts snow at ground level.

✔️ Links to ice out information:

Saturday, January 26, 2019

An Important Letter from MN Lakes & Rivers Advocates_Please Read

Dear Friend,

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates believes that science must drive natural resource decisions. In 2012, as zebra mussels were starting to spread across the state, we worked on a multi-pronged effort of education in the media, legislative solutions, and science. 

The MN Legislature, using both Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars and direct appropriations, created the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center that year.

Science takes time, but workable solutions are starting to emerge and the early investment is starting to pay off.
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"There are reasons to be optimistic... science can make a difference." Dr. Nick Phelps to the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee.

To see his full presentation, CLICK HERE
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During his testimony at the House Environment an Natural Resources Policy Committee, Dr. Phelps referenced new findings, "Hot off the presses." In reference to a big lake study of the impacts of AIS on fisheries by Dr. Gretchen Hansen, he said, "The impacts of spiny waterflea and zebra mussels are significant. They (walleye/perch) do grow slower in lakes that have zebra mussels or spiny waterflea. Slower growing fish reduces survival in the first year."

Dr. Phelps went on to note that of the nine large lakes studied, Mille Lacs is the only one that has both invasive species.

Reliable, ongoing funding that provides scientific independence to the MAISRC has never been provided. Instead they have had to cobble together operating funds from a variety of sources. Said Dr. Phelps, "Baseline funding is important. It is hard to plan longterm efforts when you have to jump grant to grant."

We agree.

Please take action today to let your elected officials know that you support the work of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, and urge them to find a way to provide funding that is; 1) reliable, 2) sufficient to meet core needs, 3) provides independence to MAISRC researchers.

Use the ACT NOW button at the top or bottom of this email to send your legislators an email. Please take a moment to edit the boilerplate language provided and personalize your message.

Thank you for all you do and please keep in touch,

Jeff

Entry in This Year's Long Lake Fishing Challenge: A Fall memory

Northern Pike caught by Scott Riemenschneider on September 30, 2018.  He was trolling with a blue/silver rattle trap lure off the Southwest shore line of the lake.


Do you have a good fish story to share?  It can be either Summer or Winter fishing.  Just email your picture and the complete story to longlakeliving@gmail.com.  Doing that will enter you into the contest.

2018-1019 Long Lake Fishing Challenge:

From 7/1/2018 to 6/26/2019
Three prizes ($25, $15, $10) will be awarded by a drawing from all entries.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Great Year for Ice Fishing on Long Lake

Kim pulled this 37 inch Northern through the ice on 10 pound test line.  It gave him quite a fight!

Submitted by Pat Stevens on 1/17/19
Do you have a good fish story to share?  (It can be either Summer or Winter fishing).  Email your picture and the complete story to longlakeliving@gmail.com.  That will automatically enter you into the contest.

New Long Lake Fishing Challenge
From 7/1/2018 to 6/26/2019
Three prizes ($25, $15, $10) will be awarded by a drawing from all entries.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Obituary for Ralph Notch

Ralph Notch, along with his wife, Sharon, owned the New Frontier Resort on Long Lake since 1982.  He passed away January 9, 2019.

  "Ralph Ladislaus Notch, 77, of Park Rapids passed away at his home at New Frontier Resort on Long Lake with his family by his side.
   A Celebration of Life Mass will be held 11:00 am Saturday, January 19 at Our Lady of the Pines in Nevis, with a visitation one hour prior.    The family will continue honoring Ralph's life at Necce's Italian Restaurant in Park Rapids immediately following the service on Saturday. Interment will be in the Jim Cook Cemetery. Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids is assisting the family."

His full obituary can be found here:  https://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/obituaries/4556629-ralph-l-notch