2016 LPA Review - By The Numbers

These 2016 statistics from the Lake Panorama Association were included in the 2016 LPA annual meeting booklet.

New home permits accounted for 12 of the 59 building permits issued in 2016. Other permits were for 10 storage sheds, two permanent docks, 10 home or garage additions, seven detached garages, one boathouse repair, one gazebo, one home demolition, 12 decks and three fences.

A total of 32 land disturbing permits were issued, which are required for projects disturbing more than 1,000 square feet of ground or projects within 100 feet of the lake. Eleven were for beach and shoreline work, others were for such things as driveways and retaining walls.

The Lake Panorama Water Company produced 75,643,000 gallons of drinking water in 2016. The department continues to work on improving water quality by working with engineers and water chemists to increase the removal of iron/manganese compounds. A reverse osmosis test plant currently in operation will give feasibility results for a potential reverse osmosis full-time system.

The Security Department is charged with many tasks related to rules and security. In 2016, security officers made 979 winter house checks, inspected 116 vessels for invasive species regulations, had 476 land enforcement issues, noted 186 security issues, had 158 boat enforcement stops, did 355 assists for other LPA departments, assisted other agencies 55 times, and reported 2,681 total events.

They also responded to 31 alarms, asked 12 people to leave the lake, serviced the campgrounds 21 times on request, checked 133 deer during the deer hunt, had 35 Iowa DNR related events, responded to 12 noise complaints, dealt with 92 parking issues, took down 33 illegal signs, investigated four prowler calls, noted 31 stop sign and 15 speeding violations, dealt with 12 swimming violations, investigated two non-felony thefts, checked on seven people to see if they were okay, and noted 11 golf cart violations.

Chip seal was applied to 9.45 miles of LPA streets in 2016. Besides planning and assisting with the annual chip seal application, the Maintenance Department does all snow removal, yard waste handling, mows beaches and roadsides, maintains beaches, installs beach buoys and docks, and is responsible for numerous building, grounds and vehicle maintenance issues. Maintenance department employees also assist with the LPN-managed property, and lake debris removal.

The LPA registered 2,259 boats in 2016, compared to 2,236 in 2015. These included 1,214 boats that were 10 horsepower and up, 335 were personal watercraft (PWC), and 710 were under 10 horsepower, which was an increase of 88 over 2015. In the past five years, boats 10 hp and up increased by 155, under 10 hp increased by 362, and there were 26 more PWC.