►SPEED LIMITS on all public roads in our community are enforced by Cambridge Township and Lenawee County. Their contact information is available to the left under Community Contacts & Info. In our community, unless otherwise posted the Speed Limit is 25MPH on all roads. In Michigan, MDOT - FHWA set the maximum speed limits for different types of roads and vehicles (Sections are developed and can be viewed under a manual, known as the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control. Beyond providing enforcement agencies with the laws and statutes under which they enforce the limits, this manual provides guidelines for the design and placement of speed limit signs. Additional information can be found on the MDOT website here.
►GOLF CARTS AND ORV'S in our parks or on our community roads regardless of the age of the driver are illegal. Please contact Cambridge Township, Lenawee County Sheriff and the State Police Re: complaint or enforcement issues. These agencies also enforce our parks, launch and common area parking situations, trespassers and misuse on our lake by both members and non-members in our community.
►LAKE TRAFFIC, NO WAKE AND WATERCRAFT SPEED LIMIT Traffic around the entire lake is counter-clockwise and the 100 ft. NO WAKE rule is observed around the entire shoreline regardless of whether it is posted or not. The State of Michigan defines NO WAKE as the slowest speed possible as to not create a wake within a 100'ft of any shoreline (including the islands), dock or swimming areas, other watercraft, or persons fishing, swimming, skiing, kayaking or engaged in any other lawful activity on the water. Any resulting damage or injury is the responsibility of the watercraft owner - not the person (if different than the owner) that may be operating the watercraft at the time of the damage or injury. The County Sheriff, DNR Officer or Cambridge Township officers can cite persons violating these very important safety rules. Please contact them directly (with pictures or video) if you witness such activity on our lake.
►ROAD AND PROPERTY DRAINAGE ISSUES. Unless on LEPOA common properties or private roads, these issues are not governed by LEPOA. Please contact either the Lenawee County Drain Commission 517-264-4696 or the Lenawaee County Road Commision 517-265-6971 for assistance. If it is a LEPOA park or common area issue, download and complete the LEPOA PO Request for Assistance form to receive a timely review and response to your concern.
Any Issue NOT submitted on a compliance form will not be addressed by the board. This includes any complaint or issue only submitted using the "Contact Us" email form. Questions regarding how to submit the form can be addressed to the Compliance Committee Chairman at email@example.com
► Website members over 30 days delinquent in dues have been suspended. Association dues are accepted each year beginning in January and up to the due date of May 1st to be considered on time. Per the Association By-laws and Policies, Members not in good standing for 30-90 days are not eligible to participate in any association benefits (including park, lake, launch, dock lease and website privledges) until their dues are paid in full. After 90 days, a lien will also be placed upon your property and the associated costs will be added to your overdue balance. Paying your dues on time saves unnecessary administrative time and money that gets charged to all members. Your cooperation in keeping those costs as low as possible is greatly appreciated. If your name appears on the list, please pay your dues now.
►LEPOA Fall Bass Fishing Classic Again this year, a Fall Bass Fishing Tournament is being considered for the end of September. The tournament requires a minimum number of participants. Please take the survey on the left by August 15th, to indicate your interest in participating this year.
► Nextdoor.com Has Recently Targeted Several Of Our Neighborhoods. - Many members have received mass mailings or emails from Nextdoor.com after inviting you to join their Onsted website and implying that you are being invited by another LEPOA member. After investigating the complaints the Board is comfortable issuing the following information: 1) Member contact information was not provided via the office or website. 2) Numerous complaints have been reported nationwide to the Better Business Bureau and other agencies. To review the BBB complaints or file your own local complaint CLICK HERE. 3) The Board recommends that you do your own due diligence before joining or sharing your contact info with any website or social network and reminds ALL MEMBERS that this is both a private community and a private website. You do not have permissions to share information on our website with any person or business outside of our community.
LEPOA President Tom Kanable ......
Spring has finally arrived here on our lake. Put the shovel away and get out the umbrellas! As usual, your Board is already in full swing. The rental docks are in, porta-potties await your use, mowing of the parks and common areas has started, water sampling has begun, boating activity is increasing, security attendants are assisting members lining up to pay dues, issue stickers and launch their watercraft at Leprechaun Park, and the ski course and island markers are in place.
As you can tell, it’s one of our busiest times of the year and while there is always plenty more to do, we could never accomplish even this much without the dedicated members of the board and the tried and true volunteers that come out year after year to help get our summer on Loch Erin off to a roaring start. Thanks to all of you!
Also thanks to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting in May at the Onsted High School and who participated in our elections this year. The existing board was re-elected for another term, and the dues increase from $125.00 to $175.00 was passed and will take effect in 2020. Details about the meeting can be found under the Minutes and Newsletters Link.
Keeping this short and sweet…let me just remind everyone that Summer and lake activities are why we are all living here. Lets’ be responsible with our boating. Yes, it’s a large lake, but please be aware we share the water with swimmers, skiers, kayakers and fishermen and the lake rules (which can also be found under the Minutes and Newsletters link) are intended to keep us all SAFE. Also remember our members are our neighbors. Try to know them, speak to them and respect them always. See ya on the Lake......
Need Help from the Board?
If you need assistance from the board with a complaint, issue, concern or suspected violation of our Bylaws, neighborhood rules or building restrictions, please do not use the "contact us" form. Instead, complete the Property Owners Request for Assistance form and mail or email to The Compliance Committee Administrator, Eric Cullum at firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address for Eric is P.O. Box 302 Onsted, MI 49265. You may attach any additional information to the form however this form MUST accompany your request to the Board. Incomplete, Anonymous or Missing forms will not be addressed.
2019 Goose Round Up!
It's 7:am on a Thursday morning. It's a little chilly for a lake day in June, at times it was also a bit wet, but despite the less than ideal conditions this season, the Goose Round Up Volunteers herded in 14 adult birds and 31 babies. Earlier in the spring 40 nests and 88 eggs were gathered and destroyed. Thanks to all who particpated this year and in past years to help manage and reduce the Goose population on our lake. And a very special thanks to Paul Ganz who provided the Jazzy Round Up T-shirts this year!
From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....
A Few docks are still available for the 2019 Season. If you are interested please email me at email@example.com. The Dock Lease Process begins in January each year. Please refer to the Dock Lease Agreement link to the left for addtional information if you are considering leasing one the remaining docks or for space in 2020.
LEPOA Annual Dues are $175.00 Per Lot Owned beginning in 2020. Our Association dues are accepted each year beginning in January and up to the due date of May 1st to be considered on time. Members not meeting the May 1st deadline by June 1st are over 30 days past due no longer a member in good standing. Per the Association By-laws and Policies, Members not in good standing for 30-90 days are not eligible to participate in any association benefits (including parks, lake, launch, dock lease and website privledges) until their dues are paid in full. After 90 days, a lien will also be placed upon your property and the associated costs will be added to your overdue balance. Paying your dues on time saves unnecessary administrative time and money that gets charged to all members. Your cooperation in keeping those costs as low as possible is greatly appreciated.
Annual watercraft Stickers are required by all members using the lake. Vehicle stickers are required by all members using our parks. To receive either sticker you must pay all dues and provide a valid watercraft and/or vehicle registration copy every year. No stickers will be issued without a valid copy of your registration(s). Watercraft or vehicles without a vailid sticker will be denied launching and may be ticketed or towed.
Welcome New Members! If you're new to the Loch Erin Community, please take a moment to contact the office with your updated property information. You can call or email me at 517-467-4834 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the homeowners legal name, contact number, mailing address, property address and email. Also any watercraft or vehicle registration information that may be required. We also encourage all members to join this website to receive access to community updates, water quality information and important announcements. Be active! Attend the monthly board meetings, connect with your neighbors in the forum and engage in our lake community!!
Loch Erin offers members the option of a longer larger FIREWORKS SHOW!! In past years many members have asked if they could donate to our annual fireworks display to make it bigger and even better than it already is. In 2018, the board voted to accept donations to the budgeted amount from any member wishing to do so. If you'd like to make a donation you may include it with your annual dues or forward it at any time before May 1st for the current years show. To keep our records accurate, when donating please indicate the 2019 or 2020 Fireworks Event and the exact dollar amount of your donation. I can not Thank You enough for your attention to detail! The Fireworks event this year will be celebrated on Thursday July 4th, Rain Date Friday, July 5th!
LOCH ERIN IS A PRIVATE LAKE. KEEPING IT PRIVATE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL MEMBERS. BELOW ARE SOSME OF THE MOST COMMON ABUSES OF OUR LAKE AND COMMON AREAS DURING THE SUMMER SEASON. PLEASE BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY PRIVATE AND SAFE. BE AWARE AND INSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS ARE AWARE AND OBSERVE THE INFORMATION BELOW;
►The lake is patrolled by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Marine Division and the DNR. Report Violations and dangerous situations to them directly at 517-263-0524 for the Sheriff and 1-800-292-7800 for the DNR. These are not LEPOA matters but your Board works closely with these agencies to address the issues associated with any violation or abuse of our lake rules. Pictures or video are often helpful in identifying and prosecuting violations.
►Traffic around the lake is counter-clockwise and the 100 ft. NO WAKE rule is observed around the entire shoreline regardless of whether it is posted or not. The State of Michigan defines NO WAKE as the slowest speed possible as to not create a wake within a 100'ft of any shoreline (including the islands), dock or swimming area, other watercraft, or persons fishing, swimming, skiing, kayaking or engaged in any other lawful activity on the lake. The County Sheriff, DNR Officer or Cambridge Township officers can cite persons violating these very important safety rules. Please contact them directly (with pictures or video) if you witness such activity on our lake.
►Members with Guests enjoying the use of our lake, community facilities or common areas MUST accompany guests at all times. There are no exceptions to this rule. Day passes for guest watercraft can be purchased in advance by contacting Jodi at email@example.com. New Michigan Boating Law this year prohibits all watercraft from entering any Michigan Lakes, Streams or waterwways without taking steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Anyone fishing with live or cut bait or practicing catch-and-release fishing must also take precautions to limit the movement of invasive species and fish diseases. To view the new law in detail please click here.
►Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all roads in our residential community is 25 MPH.
►Watercraft and Parking Stickers are required on all watercraft using the lake and all vehicles parked in any of our Parks. The Cambridge Township Police are increasing patrols and enforcing our Sticker Program. Loch Erin Watercraft stickers should be placed next to your MC#, vehicles stickers on the driver’s side windshield where they can be easily viewed by passing patrols. Non-members using our facilities should be immediately reported to the Township Police at 517-467-4737. Recording the MC or License plate # is helpful when making your report.
►ORV's (including) Golf Carts are prohibited in our community. This means they are not allowed to be operated on any LEPOA roadway, path, park or common area without exception. LEPOA Stickers will not be issued for any ORV. Violators should be reported to the Cambridge Township Police at 517-467-4737. This is not a LEPOA matter. It’s a township law and citations may be issued. If you are operating an ORV in our community or parking in any of our parks or common areas you are breaking the law and in violation of our Park Rules and Regulations which may result in the loss of your privleges as a member in good standing.
►Dogs must be leashed at all times and members are expected to clean up after their animals. Waste is not to be left in parks or common areas nor placed in port-a-potties.
►Report unleased dogs, parking, park or park facility violations to the Cambridge Twsp. Police Dept 517-467-4737. Phone pictures or video of violators are helpful when reporting such issues.
►Hunting is never permitted on the 40 acres or any Association Park or Island.
Bob Jacobs Building Restrictions Committee Chairman....
The Loch Erin Building Committee is responsible for insuring that our community remains in compliance with all required permits and document restrictions. This means that it may be necessary to review up to 6 different documents to insure your project is in compliance when building a new home or making improvements to any existing home, property or shoreline. The review may include Lenawee County (Road or Drain) Commission, Cambridge or Franklin Township, the Michigan DEQ, LEPOA Association General Bylaws and the Rules and Restrictions documents specific to which of the 10 different sub-divisions surrounding our lake that your home or property lies within, before your project can receive approval.
It is therefore important that persons interested in buying, building or improving a home or property in our community determine which neighborhood the home or property is located in, and review our Association documents first. This will save you time and also provide valuable information to insure that you are considering any purchase of a home or property in a neighborhood that meets your expectations. Prospective home or property owners should also review our Lake Rules and understand we are a private, single family residential community that requires that you become a member of our Association and pay our annual association dues on or before May 1st of every year.
If you have never lived in a private community governed by a HOA, it can be helpful to review "Six Reasons to Read your HOA documents BEFORE you purchase". Many of the issues included in this article mimic some of the situations you will encounter in our General Bylaws and Neighborhood Restrictions. The following links to (Cambridge or Franklin) townships can also be helpful in your search for the perfect home or property. To eliminate any surprises following your purchase of a Loch Erin home or property, please also review the information provided on our "Building Restrictions" page for Committee Contacts and more detailed information about the process.
Once again, THANKS TO MARK RIGGLE and the Riggle Team, Suzie Creech and Penny Norieka! Again this year Loch Erin members were treated to a variety of yummy refreshments and 3 Lucky Loch Erin Members walked away with some extraordinary and fabulous door prizes! If you didn't already know, Mark has 30 years of experience and enjoys working with both buyers and sellers. He's been the recipient of numerous rewards including the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award and the #1 Realtor in Southern Michigan. He has also been the #1 Realtor in both Jackson and Lenawee counties for over 10 years and is a Member of our Loch Erin Community assisting many of our Loch Erin Residents buy or sell their home. Contact Mark at 517.206.4474 or by email at MarkRiggle@BuyAtTheLake.com
517-529-4414 | Suzie@SuzieCreech.com Suzie is passionate about her profession, and that passion shines through in a strong dedication to her clients and their best interests in every sale. She is proud to call Clark Lake her home for over thirteen years. She loves the Irish Hills area, and all that it has to offer, including golf, boating, and biking. Suzie was formerly a project manager for a local telephone company, which gave her valuable knowledge of the area, organizational and negotiating skills; all valuable assets to her real estate career. She has been a member of the RE/MAX 100 Percent Club for three years and is on the Board of Directors for the Children Miracle Network, a cause very dear to her heart. She prides herself on being trustworthy and dependable, and happy to call many of her clients friends after years of being their trusted Realtor. Something you might be surprised to know about Suzie: She worked as a project manager for a local telephone company for 29 years.
517-740-2008 | PennyNoreika@BuyAtTheLake.com Penny is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and the Irish Hills area, which has allowed her to build life-long relationships. She feels rewarded by helping buyers and sellers in the different stages of their lives, whether it is buying their first home or finding that perfect lakefront property. As a licensed Realtor, Penny shows property, negotiates purchase agreements and coordinates with The Riggle Team to close a record number of properties. Penny has been with Mark for over 10 years but has over 20 years of real estate experience. When Penny is not with a client, she enjoys spending time with her husband of almost 30 years and their two grown children. Penny loves traveling, swimming and spending time at the lake. Something you might be surprised to know about Penny is that she served in the Air Force Reserve.
If you have not already realized it, your LEPOA EXECUTIVE BOARD IS A VOLUNTEER WORKING BOARD. All officers are required to Chair a Committee and contribute to the overall growth and improvement of our community. Community volunteers are always needed to assist board and committee members with activities and projects meant to improve our community and benefit our property owners. Please consider offering to assist when you can. Going forward and in addition to the Goose Round up and Fireworks activities that always require a few extra hands, you will also be seeing improvement projects on the lake, throughout our parks and entranceway, to specific activities or facilities, that could be made easier sometimes if the burden is shared. Below is a list of board and/or committee members and their contact information that would be happy to hear you say "how can I help".
2019-2020 Board Members
Tom Kanable - President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Malcolm - Vice President/Chairman Fish/Water - email@example.com
Lee Prettymen - Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Jacobs - Buildings Committee and Fireworks - email@example.com
Joe Richard - Parks Chairman and Bylaws Review -firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Kurowski - Co-Chairman Parks - email@example.com
Phil Kittredge - Co-Chairman Water Quality - firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Coulter and Don Deneweth - Co-Chairman Buildings Committee
email@example.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Cullum - Chairman Compliance Program Administration - email@example.com
Photo Credits: Volunteer Malonie Howe of Five Starr Photography has provided many of the photos on this website and is officially our Loch Erin website photographer. Please thank her by visiting and liking her facebook page!