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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The LEPOA Board of Directors is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BOARD SECRETARY POSITION:
The LEPOA Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill the position of Loch Erin Board Secretary.  You may Download or print the Job Description here.  Loch Erin members in good standing will be given preference. Resumes will be accepted beginning November 16th. The deadline to submit your resume is November 26th, 2019.

To submit your resume by mail send to:

Loch Erin Property Owners Association

Attn:  Secretary Position
Box 302, Onsted MI 49265
Mailed resumes should be postmarked no later than November 22nd, 2019 to insure delivery by the November 26th deadline.

 

Instructions for submitting your resume via email to the LEPOA Board of Directors: 
Cut and paste the email addresses below into a new email

thkanable@aol.com,
christian.c.malcolm@gmail.com,
hleepert@comcast.net,
skier8223@hotmail.com,
richarj@att.global.net,
philipkittredge@comcast.net,
rkurow@hotmail.com

OR click REPLY ALL to the individual email sent to your email address of record from this website.
ATTACH your resume
Click SEND to all 7 LEPOA Board Members.   

REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS... LEPOA Board nominations for the 2020-2021 Board will be accepted beginning January 2nd, 2020 with a deadline date of Feburary 14th 2020.  Persons wishing to HAVE THEIR CANDIDACY NAME PUBLISHED ON THE BALLOT  AND A BRIEF (2 PARAGRAPH RESUME) INCLUDED IN THE SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER THAT GETS MAILED AND EMAILED TO ALL MEMBERS THE FIRST OF MARCH 2020  will need to meet the February 14th deadline.  "WRITE IN CANDIDATES"  however are always accepted up to the date of the Annual Meeting in May although no additional opportunity to provide their resume or speak to their qualifications/ambitions as a board member is provided after the February 14th deadline.  Additionally, per our bylaws, you may run for a board of Directors position, but not a specific office of the Board of Directors.  Officer positions are determined by the newly elected BOD's each May at an executive session following the Annual Meeting elections.  Please review the appropriate sections of our LEPOA General Bylaws for more detailed information.  This year, (as in every year) your current board needs and encourages new BOD nominees and committee volunteers to particpate and assist in the leadership and established committee's of our community.  A prioritized list of Commitees that need additional volunteers will be provided in the coming weeks.  Please consider volunteering some time where your interests or qualifications may help improve our community.

LEPOA President Tom Kanable ......
 

Believe it or not summer 2019 is quickly winding down.  As your new president it’s been a very overwhelming year for me to say the least.  The annual meeting went well, your board appreciated the large member turnout and resident input.  We also thank all members who participated in the discussion and voted to approve the annual dues increase. It was long overdue and very much needed to keep up with not just the increasing costs of doing business but the tremendous growth our community has seen over the past several years.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all my fellow board members for their continued help during this transition time.  At times, it would have been easier for any of them to just walk away.  They didn’t.  And I couldn’t have done it without them.  Our water quality team of Christian Malcolm, and Phil Kitteridge have been dealt the heaviest hand, and were outstanding in their efforts to learn, teach, test, and in between, stay on top of our water quality concerns.  Thanks boys! 


Our whole team has worked diligently under some stressful financial constraints, and the uncertainty of our members passing the dues increase. Behind the scenes our Compliance, Building, Parks, Budget, Secretarial and Website volunteers went above and beyond to support and ensure our community moved forward together to improve and protect the value and the quality of our greatest treasure… Living Life on Loch Erin.  My sincerest Thanks to you all for the unsung efforts you have all provided to me and our members. I wish all Loch Erin residents knew and could appreciate the work and effort that go into the day to day maintenance of your personal commitment to our lake community.  

As we close out 2019, I hope we can continue to receive the support  and participation of even more members in addressing the obstacles, resolving existing challenges and developing new ways to reach a long term plan for 2020 and beyond that will keep our Private Lake Community the “least known” but brightest star shinning in the heart of the Irish Hills.  Wishing all members a great Fall Season.  The lake is still enjoyable so put on a light jacket, take your last few rides around the lake and enjoy the fall colors coming up!  It’s a great time to build an evening campfire and roast some smores.

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 complete the Property Owners Request for Assistance form and mail or email to The Compliance Committee Administrator, Eric Cullum at dsgtcullum@yahoo.com. The mailing address for Eric is P.O. Box 302 Onsted, MI 49265. You may attach any additional information, pictures or video to the form however this form MUST accompany your request to Eric in order to initiate the investigation process.  Incomplete, Anonymous or Missing forms will not be addressed.   You are encouraged to address your issue with your neighbor before submitting the form.  If this is not possible, and you  check NO on the RFA form, please be aware that "at the discretion of the Compliance Officer" your request may not be addressed by compliance until you do.                                                                    
      

From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....              


Our LEPOA Dock Lease Program -  If you are interested in securing dock space at one of our Association Parks please email me at locherinproperty@gmail.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 a space in 2020. The 2020 Agreement will available to download the first of December.

LEPOA Annual Dues are $175.00 Per Lot Owned beginning in 2020Our 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.  Please be aware of these policies. 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 are 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. Vehicle stickers are not issued or valid on any ORV including golf carts which are illegal on all LEPOA roads or in our Parks. 

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 anymember wishing to do so.  If you'd like to make a donation you may include it with your annual dues or forward it to me at anytime before May 1st for the current years show.  To keep our records accurate, when donating please indicate the 2020 Fireworks Event and the exact dollar amount of your donation.


LOCH ERIN IS A PRIVATE LAKE.  KEEPING IT PRIVATE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL MEMBERS. BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ABUSES OF OUR LAKE AND COMMON AREAS DURING THE SUMMER SEASON. PLEASE BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY STAY 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 locherproperty@gmail.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.       


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.