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Monday, January 30, 2012

Public Safety weekly report

Important Candlewick Lake Information

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Week Ending 01/29/2012

Animal Related
Public Safety responded to a report of a loose dog in the 2000 block of Candlewick Dr. The dog was not located
Traffic Related
Public Safety responded to a report of a traffic accident, vehicle vs. mailbox in the 100 block of Centralia. The matter is under investigation.
Public Safety responded to a call of a subject involved in a traffic altercation yelling profanities at passing cars in the 100 block of Poseidon. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded and handled the matter.

Suspicious Incidents
Public Safety responded to the Recreation Center for a report of suspicious subjects. Public Safety was advised they were waiting to be picked up and remained there until they were picked up. Public Safety responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Candlewick and Carthage. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

Structure Fire

Public Safety responded to a report of a snow mobile on fire in the area of the 100 block of Columbia. Capron Fire extinguished the fire.

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to a call of a subject who was intoxicated and dizzy after drinking and smoking cannabis in the 100 block of Marquette. Capron rescue arrived and treated the subject.

Domestic Disputes
Public Safety responded to a domestic dispute involving a report of a man holding a woman against her will with a knife in the 200 block of Liverpool. Subjects were identified as the same subjects involved in an earlier noted incident at the Recreation Center. Boone County Sheriff’s Office arrived and determined the incident occurred outside Candlewick but the subjects were located on Liverpool. Boone County Sheriff’s transported both subjects off of the property.

Public Safety checked 35 ice fishermen and found 3 fishermen without their State licenses on their person. Public Safety will be issuing citations for failure to comply with the rules and regulations regarding fishing
Citations issued 8
Warnings issued 10

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

Sunday, January 29, 2012

On the ice! Photos by Barb Appelhans

 Bob McHoes
 George Schafer, Rich Witt
 Austin Youngwolf (age 13) & Tom Pinkowski.
 Larry Masbruch, Bob McHoes

Austin Youngwolf.

It looks like everyone was having fun and fishing was good. What a beautiful day!

(posted by Ken)

Your Sunday smile

Football and the Blonde 

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked it.
"Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents."
Dumbfounded, her boyfriend asked, "What do you mean?"
"Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was... 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!"

posted by Ken

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fairly accurate

Friday, January 27, 2012

Interest rates and savers

The Fed has announced they intend to keep interest rates low at least through 2014 due to the economy’s weakness. If you are a borrower this is good but if you are a saver it is not so good. With CD rates currently almost laughable and a lot of seniors being pinched with low yields at a time in their lives when safety of capital is important all should know there are a few higher rates available if you are willing to shop around and use your computer for comparisons. Sure, you will be investing and use a bank you may never see but if it is FDIC insured it is still fine. I am putting a couple links below that to many are familiar but just in case you may want to check them out. There are no great rates anywhere when safety is utmost but you may do a little better. Happy hunting!

Posted by Ken Dillenburg

Thursday, January 26, 2012

from the Candlewick Anglers

Just a reminder,
This months anglers meeting will be a hands on ice fishing clinic, on the ice !
We will meet this Sunday, the 29th, at 2 pm, at the marina.
Weather you are just starting,  have been out a few times, or have never done it, come on out and join us  and see what it is all about.  There is always something new to learn !
Bring whatever gear you have, and dress for the weather.
Hope to see you there !
The Candlewick Anglers.

Our page reader count

 You may have noticed we have been having problems with our page view counter off and on for some time. Counts are missed and it has been causing slow page loading. Our new counter on the right is the official count from Google, our host, so hopefully the problem will be solved. We appreciate your interest in our site.   Ken

The lake….2012

The lake management commission plans to be active in the coming months in an effort to contain nutrients that enter our lake from the runoff area that includes farm fields. Last year was a tough one for the lake with some extremely hot temperatures and heavy algae. The commission plans to install circulation devices in the inlet known as “the dip”, which is the smaller of the two inlets in the west end of the lake. Plantings are also being planned to absorb some of the nutrients.
Although the budget is not yet approved for the expenditures, the cost is in the current budget and the board is expected to approve. We all know the lake is the central asset of our community. We are after all known as “Candlewick Lake.”
Ken Dillenburg

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weekly Public Safety report

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Week Ending 01/22/2012
Animal Related

Public Safety responded to a call of a loose dog in the area of the 200 block of Thornhill. The owner of the dog was subsequently cited for violation of the pet policy.
Public Safety responded to a call of a loose dog in the area of 100 block of Hastings. The owner of the dog was cited for a violation of the pet policy.

Traffic Related

Public Safety responded to an issue relating to a contractor caring for a vacant house, plowing snow into the street causing a traffic hazard. The bank / owner of the residence was issued a citation.

Suspicious Incidents

Public Safety responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Columbia. Upon arrival the vehicle was gone.
Public Safety responded to loud noise in the area of the 200 block of Liverpool. Public Safety determined the noise was from the gas station across the street thus Public Safety could take no action. Public Safety did advise the homeowner to call the Sheriff’s Office.
Public Safety responded to numerous calls to assist motorists during the snow storm. Public Safety will assist in contacting a towing company of your choice when these types of issues arise.
Public Safety checked nine ice fisherman and we are proud to say all were 100% compliant with rules and regulations.

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

Monday night budget meeting brief

The open budget meeting with a combination finance commission/board group discussed next year’s proposed budget. The budget will not be final until board approval, which is expected. The fiscal 2012/2013 budget contains no dues increase, making it I believe four consecutive years with stable dues. Excess funding was actually credited to P.O. accounts last year so the P.O. statements were less than the prior year. So far so good. 

Ken Dillenburg

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lesser of two evils!

My Wife Is Poisoning Me

Aman goes to see the Rabbi. "Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it."

The Rabbi asked, "What's wrong?"

The man replied, "My wife is poisoning me."

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, "I'm sure you're wrong."

The man pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me. What should I do?"

The Rabbi then offers, "Tell you what, let me talk to her. I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know."

A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?"

The man anxiously says, "Yes, please."

"Take the poison!"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ice fishing... from Barb A.

Saturday Jan. 21st 2012 Candlewick Lake was dotted with ice shanties while Ice fishermen took advantage of a beautiful sunny day. Some Candlewick Lake residents treated their friends and families to one of the best fishing spots in Boone County catching their limit in no time, it was a great day for ice fishing but then any day fishing is a GREAT DAY!  
Barb Appelhans.

 10 year old Chris Podschweit mans two fishing holes along with the comfort of a small heater and fish finder.

 Bryan Uinenski a.k.a" Big Man" from Machesney Park and Andrew Mills of Rockford caught their limit of Bluegills.
 Jim Brefield looks out from his two man shanty that he pulls on the ice with his for wheeler.
 Todd Jones and Jim Brefield filled their bucket with Crappies and Bluegills.
Holding a power auger Tyler Westlund- CWL, John Dickerson -CWL, Marcus Comstock Poplar Grove and Cory Czerwinski- CWL {all from North Boone High school} get ready to ice fish.

Judy, I couldn't agree more!

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, officially, the state has a backlog of more than $4.25 billion in unpaid bills.
But Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says when one factors in other bills, the figure is closer to around $8.5 billion.
Those other outstanding bills include tax refunds, employee health insurance, and bills that have not yet reached her desk.
Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67 percent) and corporate taxes.
“After the largest tax hike in our history, the state continues to be in this precarious fiscal position with persistent payment delays, and frankly, the situation is unlikely to significantly improve in the near term,” she said.
Some state officials say the solution is more borrowing to pay the bills, but Topinka says the solution is to cut spending.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Board candidates announced

This year there will be eight candidates for the five open board seats. Be sure to attend the candidates forum scheduled for February 12 to get to know these folks. I will also be writing brief comments on this site about the candidates with whom I am familiar when the election gets closer. There will be no “hatchet jobs.”

Karl Steiskal
Jeff lutzow (current member)
Charles (Chuck) Corso (current member)
Steve Lambright (current member)
Don Parisi (previous member)
Lennard Lund
Randy Boettcher
Todd Moran

(Posted by Ken Dillenburg)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good news...we have continuity

Our General Manager (Tracy Carter) after giving it a lot of thought has decided he would like to remain with us. This is very good news for our community. It will allow continued professional management as well as reliable follow through on all the various planned projects in the coming years. Today he signed a three year contract. We have a known good commodity in the position and we will not have to worry about this again for some time.
Ken Dillenburg

Tuesday night board meeting

Val Alt noted the blood drive was a success with 91 total donors. The blood bank folks were very happy with the results.

Next year’s officers for the Rec Commission were announced with Jody Brown as chairman, Karl Steiskal vice chair, and Karen Farkel will be secretary. Steve Lambright will be the board liaison for the commission.

The new archery program is authorized by the board with outside participation allowed only if the participants are called in as guests by property owners.

A board stipend was passed with $50.00 pay per board member per month if they attend at least on applicable meeting. The vote was five to two. It will take effect after the next election. I will comment more on this subject in a later post.

Next year’s budget will be published in the February newsletter and it is going to be a tough year. I will go in depth on this issue in a future post after the budget is published.

Our financial position was reported by Jeff Lutzow indicating we have a total of $3,665,494 currently on the books. About three million of this is in reserves for repair and maintenance of our existing assets including the upcoming road program.

We currently have about 1000 “yes” votes for the CC&R restatement we must pass so another mailing will be going out within about a week to pick up the last votes needed from those who don’t respond well to the mailings. These will pass because they must. This issue will not go away but some just are not interested in participating in the vote. This is costing us every time we must mail to the non-responders.

Tracy Carter (G.M.) went through all the billing invoices from the dredger to be sure we are not being overcharged for the silt pond and dredging the “dip”. The board agreed to allow a 10% profit for the job, which is below the normal profit margin. This was due to questionable overruns in the project and the board action was to be fair to both sides. The actual job was very good so that was not a factor.

Please read the Candlewick newsletter for the official minutes of this and all other board meetings. That is the official record of actions. You may also want to visit the new Candlewick web site. There is a link on the right side of this page.
Ken Dillenburg

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Interesting item

Tonight at the CWL monthly board meeting an item on the agenda may be of interest to some of you. The subject of a community garden has been discussed in the past but now Sandy Morse (board member) wants to pursue the idea. If anyone can organize this and get it off the ground it will be Sandy. The discussion will be in the “new business” segment of the meeting so it should not hit the floor before 7:30 if you wish to be in on the scoop (excuse the pun).
The meeting itself will start at 6:30 with the first half hour for community input. Not a lot of real exciting stuff to discuss at this one but as always all are invited to attend.
Ken Dillenburg

Monday, January 16, 2012

Public Safety weekly report


Week Ending 01/15/2012
Rescue Calls

Public Safety responded to a call to assist a subject who had fallen on a few occasions in the 400 block of Benedict. Public Safety assisted him and subsequently called Capron Rescue to have him checked for injuries.
Public Safety officers will always remain with a subject suffering from a medical condition until emergency personnel arrive.

Criminal Damage / Theft / Burglaries

Public Safety responded to a call of a theft of tire pressure caps in the 2000 block of Candlewick Dr.
Public Safety responded to a call of theft of outside decorative exterior light bulbs in the 200 block of Ambrose. Public Safety provided an extra patrol to the area.

Traffic Related

Public Safety responded to the Recreation Center for a report of vehicles spinning in the parking lot. Public Safety responded and met with the drivers of the vehicles and warned them about operating a vehicle too fast for conditions.
Public Safety has instituted an extra patrol for a vehicle driving erratically in the 100 block of Minnerette on a regular basis.

Domestic Disputes

Public Safety and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a juvenile out of control in the 100 block of Queensbury
Animal Related

Public Safety responded to the 500 block of Benedict for a report about a dispute relating to a loose / uncontrolled dog. Public Safety cited the owner of the loose / uncontrolled dog for violation of the pet maintenance policy.
Citations 5
Warning 6

Sounds fine to me. Live like the rest of us!

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th
amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months
& 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in
1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to
the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of
twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
In  three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2012*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office
and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All
funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health  care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. 
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor,not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

posted by Ken Dillenburg

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Had to pass this along

 In the category of unbelievable but not surprising I must add this.....

 This month's Smart Money magazine has an article about the part small print plays in so many facets of our society. A study was conducted to see how many people actually read the fine print when signing documents. The study had a form with small print that committed every signer to give each other electric shocks
 96% of the people signed the form, agreeing to shock each other. And so it goes!
Ken Dillenburg

Friday, January 13, 2012

Legal committee meeting

The Candlewick legal committee met last Monday evening at 6 p.m. and provided one hour from seven to eight for questions and comments from the audience to our lawyer regarding the CC&R rewrites.
The crowd was very sparse with questions from possibly five to six of the attendees. The attorney (Scott Pointner) explained the restatement process and the reason we legally must pass the restatement of our CC&Rs. The hour session should have answered all questions on the spot or responses will be coming.
After the Q & A the legal committee went into session again to continue working with our attorney on the ByLaws. Those documents will be next in line that will need to be brought into compliance. This process is very expensive but there is no choice, it has to happen. Between legal fees, labor, copying, postage and other associated costs this is not helping our budget, as you can imagine.
Ken Dillenburg

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Possibly very good news! AQUA

 It appears that although not yet final, the ICC is obviously leaning toward our side on the meter replacement issue as you will see below as well as other possible relief. Again, this could be appealed but it is sure looking better, thanks in no small part to the AQUA commission headed my Mary Budreau. All you folks who spoke at the hearing or simply attended to show support must have made an impression as well. Good for you, no, GOOD FOR CANDLEWICK! Look what can happen when we work together.
 Below is part of the proposal by the ICC.    Read on and smile! (I highlighted the one area)
  Ken Dillenburg

having reviewed the positions of the parties, the Commission notes that the AG’s proposal, to which Staff does not object, is intended to provide relief for those residential customers in the Candlewick and Oak Run areas who have been shifted to ¾-inch meters and would be subject to the customer charge applicable to that meter size once rates are approved in this proceeding.
The Commission also observes that these two divisions are in different consolidated rate groups in Staff’s consolidation proposal.
In the Commission’s view, although the workings of the AG proposal to “moderate the meter differential and phase in the AWWA meter ratios more gradually” are not clear, the Commission believes that some relief for these residential customers would be appropriate.
Accordingly, for those residential customers in the Candlewick and Oak Run divisions who have been placed on ¾-inch meters, Aqua shall offer the customers an opportunity to switch back to a 5/8-inch meter, and 5/8-inch meter customer charge, at no charge for making the switch, unless the 5/8-inch meter is not operationally feasible for that customer. For a customer who elects such a switch, Aqua will be permitted to leave the larger meter in place if Aqua chooses to do, but in that situation the customer will be charged the customer charge applicable to the 5/8-inch meter    

Ice fishing

      EVERY SAT, IN FEB, 4TH, 11TH, 18TH & 25TH
         All state & Candlewick regulations will apply.
         All registrations will be at time of tournaments.

Sat. Feb. 4th  FREE ice fishing derby    8am to 12 noon
       At rec ctr launch.
       Sponsored by & prizes donated by
       Poplar Grove Pro Hardware  & Bass Pro Shops.
        10 panfish limit – bluegill, perch, crappie -  no bass.
        Bring bucket to hold fish – no frozen/dead fish will be counted.

Sat. Feb. 11th   8am to noon
      $10.00 ent fee     $5.00  big fish side pot
      10 panfish limit  -  bring bucket to hold fish.

Sat. Feb. 18th & 25th
Rules and regs. To be determined by survey of anglers at first 2 outings. Your suggestions will be reviewed and an e-mail will be sent prior to the 18th

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hey, you can't take it with you!

Candlewick Lake Association, in conjunction with the Rock River Valley Blood Center will be holding a
Monday, January 16, 2012
1:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Candlewick Lake Recreation Center
To schedule an appointment time please contact Valerie Alt at (815) 765-3092. By scheduling an appointment it helps to speed registration and the blood drawing process.
(posted by Ken)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weekly Public Safety Report

Important Candlewick Lake Information

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Week Ending 01/08/2012

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to a call of a subject feeling ill in the 600 block of Candlewick Dr.
Public Safety responded to a report of a subject with a knee injury in the 200 block of Drury.
Public Safety responded to a man intoxicated and feeling ill in the 500 block of Lamplighter Loop.
Public Safety officers will always remain with a subject suffering from a medical condition until emergency personnel arrive.

Criminal Damage / Theft / Burglaries

Public Safety responded to a call of theft of light bulbs in the 200 block of Picadilly on two occasions. The matter is under investigation with possible suspects.

Traffic Related

Public Safety responded to two calls of vehicles breaking down in the roadway. Public Safety assisted in removing the vehicles.
Public Safety responded to a call of a road hazard in the 500 block of Lamplighter Loop. The fallen tree branch was removed.
Domestic Disputes

Public Safety responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the 100 block of Galleon Run. Public Safety notified the Boone County Sheriff’s office who took over the investigation. A subject was subsequently served with an order of protection.

Juvenile Related

Public Safety responded to a report of juveniles jumping off a shed roof in the area of the 200 block of Thornhill.
Suspicious Incidents

Public Safety responded to a report of a prowler in the 100 block of Poseidon. Upon arrival of Public Safety the subject was gone. An extra patrol was conducted in the area.
Citations 7
 Warning 10

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

Surprising fact

 I read in the Wall Street Journal today health expenditures in 2010 equated to $8,402 per person. That seems very high especially when thinking in terms of a family of four spending $33,608. I guess when the last few years of life are taken into consideration it may not be as off base as it first seems.
Ken Dillenburg

Monday, January 9, 2012

I called this one wrong

When the AQUA rate increase request issue started some time ago I contacted the ICC and after some discussion with them I came to the conclusion it would be pretty much like when you sell a car. You come up with an asking price and the proposed buyer (ICC) looks the car over, explains to you all the problems, and makes an offer. My impression was AQUA would provide the rate request that would be more than they actually expected to get, the ICC would look it over and tell them some of it wasn’t warranted, then grant maybe half the request. I felt the comment period was little more than smoke and mirrors. I was wrong.
The AQUA commission headed by Mary Budreau has made a lot of headway. Mary would be the first to insist this was through the hard work of all the commission members. Those folks spent a lot of time and now even the Illinois attorney general office is involved as well as some political leaders. I believe they are actually going to be able to save all of us some money. Our entire community has come together in agreement on this issue and it proves when we all work as one good things will happen.
When I am wrong I will admit it. I would have dropped the ball but others chose to push forward when I thought it was a waste of time. We should all be proud of them. The final decision from the ICC is not in of course but no one can ever say those commission members didn’t give it their all!
Ken Dillenburg