HOPATCONG, NJ - Hopatcong Borough Council heard a report from Dan McCarthy, one of the borough’s representatives to the Lake Hopatcong Commission, at the recent council meeting.
McCarthy said the weed harvesters are hard at work, but got a late start and the state park is understaffed. “They hired a second full-time person,” to operate the harvesters, he said, but have only one person to maintain the four large harvesters and no one to maintain the two smaller ones. Because Lake Hopatcong is a state-owned lake volunteers may not operate the harvesters, but the commission is trying to get volunteers to repair them, he explained.
McCarthy also reported on the drawdown, scheduled to start Sept. 22 if the lake level is at 9 feet. If the lever is more than 9 feet the drawdown will be accelerated. If it is lower, the drawdown will be slower. The target date for the 5-foot drawdown is Nov. 1 with that level maintained until Dec. 15 when the gates will be closed. If there is a January thaw, the level at that time will be maintained until the ice solidifies again.
“In 1987, they didn’t follow that plan,” McCarthy said, "and the lake didn’t return to high water by boating season. In other years work on the State Police docks was not completed on time and the lake was kept low too long," he said.
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is looking for teams to work on a shoreline cleanup on Nov. 9. Teams of 10 with a team leader will pull debris from the shore.
The council also agreed to add a step to the policies governing work on recreation facilities. Some work was done on two fields without the council’s knowledge. The recreation commission can do routine maintenance, but cannot undertake capital projects without council permission and council funding. “They have to come to council before they can spend any money,” Councilman Richard Bunce said of the rec commission.
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