New Rules Could Affect Lake Residents

If you lease property around Lake Arrowhead or Lake Kickapoo from the city of Wichita Falls you could be facing some new rules and regulations.

At this Tuesday’s meeting the Wichita Falls city council will be voting on a resolution approving the changes.

A total of 15 rules could be approved Tuesday, but only five are new..the other ten are current practices that are just being put into writing.

Proposed new rules include:

An annual $250.00 raw water usage fee for residents who pump water from the lakes.

Require residents to comply with Wichita Falls water restrictions.

No digging of new water wells.

Resume permitting for boat houses.

And a fine for residents who dispose of their household trash in park bins.

New rules for residents of the lake have not been put in place since 1967 but city attorney Miles Risely says years of research have been put into the proposed rule book in order to help smooth the transition and the new plan has been discussed with residents.

“The lake lot coordinator has been with the groups at the lake, with the tenants for several years actually, but more intensely in the last year to come up with rules to not only protect city property but also to protect the tenants,” says Risely.

If approved Tuesday the new rules will take effect immediately, unless they are in conflict with the current lease, then they will start when the lease is renewed.

Here are rules that are already in place but will be put into writing:

1. Minimum size 1000 sq. ft. (living space) for new construction or installation of manufactured home.

3. Waterfowl hunting - must pay annual hunting fee ($50) per gun (Arrowhead only)

4. Garden leases - only available if lot is deemed unsuitable to develop (i.e. too small, soil content, etc.)

5. Prohibited conduct - criminal activity, manufacturing, delivering, or possessing a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia; and possessing a weapon prohibited by State law.

6. Building location - not nearer than 25' from front building limit line nor nearer than 5' from inside property lines.

7. Septic system inspection by Wichita County Public Health District required prior to lease transfer.

8. In the event of a failing septic system, new lessee/transferee must sign a statement of acknowledgment and agree to repair or replace failing system within 30 days.

9. Lease payment due dates - (Arrowhead) leases signed prior to Oct. 16, 2007 due by June 1; leases signed after Oct. 16, 2007 due by September 30. (Kickapoo) all leases due by September 30.

10. Lessee wishing to perform dirt work below the spillway elevation must first receive written permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before the City will review plans.

2. Not more than four (4) garage sales 72 consecutive hours per calendar year.

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