SALEM LAKES — A complaint about weed harvesting on Rock Lake and a request for financial support from the Rock Lake Restoration Association (RLRA) to update the lake management plan were heard by the Salem Lakes Village Board Monday night. Karen Ihlen, an officer of the Rock Lake Highlands Association, told the board the weed harvesting conducted prior to the weekend of Aug. 2 created a health and safety issue. “It left all the debris in the water to rot and stink,” Ihlen said. “The massive disturbance of silt made the water quality bad.” She said she also believes the amount of area cut may have been larger than the 30-foot swath allowable by state Department of Natural Resources permit. “This mess traveled to the public beach area,” Ihlen said, adding the E.coli reading on Aug. 5 was so high it closed the beach for first time in 30 years. “I think the health and safety of our citizens was compromised by the actions of a few.” The Rock Lake Highlands Association has historically had a difference of opinion from the Rock Lake Restoration Association with regard to weed harvesting that dates back to contentious meetings in 2012. The conflict over harvesting came to a head June 9...