ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Cambridge Township Spring Clean up will be held SATURDAY, MAY 6TH at the Township offices 9990 W M-50, from 8:am to Noon. You must show proof of residency.  First pickup size load is free, additional loads are $40 ea and must be paid at the township office prior to unloading debris.  Items not allowed include;  commercial or residential shingles, paint, yard debris, hazardous waste, liquids, oil, garbage, burning barrel ashes, batteries, barbed wire or any freon appliance that has not been professionally drained and tagged.  Modern Waste will accept cars and pick up truck tires only at $5 CASH per tire, no limit, and paid directly to Modern Waste.

2017 FIREWORKS ON THE LAKE - MONDAY JULY 3RD with a rain date of July 7th.

                                                                                 

A Minute with President Mike Eberly ...... 

As we move into the 2017 Summer Season on Loch Erin, I'd like to draw your attention to some important events, announcements and information.

THE 2017 LOCH ERIN ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF BOARD OFFICERS, will be combined with our regular monthly meeting in May and held on SUNDAY, MAY 21ST at 2:PM at the Cambridge Township offices at M-50 and Onsted Highway. Please watch your mail and email in the coming weeks for information on additional items to be voted upon at this years meeting. Any LEPOA member in good standing may run for a board seat.  If you are interested, please submit your name, address, lot and phone number and a brief message about yourself to the office by April 30th, 2017.  Your 2017 dues must be paid before your name will be added to the ballot.


ANNUAL ASSOCIATION DUES.  Loch Erin Association dues Statement will be mailed out on April 1st. Your $125.00 payment is due May 1, 2017. Please pay these dues on or before the May 1st due date. Non-payment will result the loss of all park, lake, website and newsletter use. A lien will also be recorded against your property until all past dues and fees have been paid.

PARK USAGE STICKERS.  We continue to improve our efforts to keep our lake private. If you're a regular user of our community parks, you will need to submit a picture copy of your vehicle registration to Jodi Lewandowski at locherinproperty@gmail.com.  Your registration copy will be linked to a numbered sticker provided by Jodi. ONLY members who park their vehicles while enjoying our park facilities (including the beach and the boat launch) are required to submit a vehicle registration and stickers will be issued to members only, NO EXCEPTIONS.  We appreciate your help in keeping our lake and member facilities private.


FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS.  Recently the LEPOA board approved a major renovation and addition to the basketball court on Kingsley Drive. The court will be made bigger to allow for several Pickle Ball courts as well as an updated court for Basketball.  This is an exciting edition to our community.  

NEW DNR OFFICER.  A new DNR Officer has been assigned for our area.  If you have any DNR questions please contact Andy Monnich at 517-610-1370 or 517-648-5847.

ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY Loch Erin will have its Annual firework celebration on July 3rd. We have a rain date set for July 7th. Invite your friends and family to enjoy the fireworks from the lake, parks or your own yard! Volunteer committees are forming now and your help is needed. Please contact: Bob Jacobs (517) 260- 3652 if you can help! 

THE ANNUAL LOCH ERIN GARAGE SALE will be on Friday and Saturday, June 16th and 17th from 9-5pm. Gather those unused items to sell or walk around and shop for things you might need this season! Be sure to invite your friends and make it a day of fun! 

IF YOU'RE WALKING YOUR DOG IN OUR COMMUNITY Please remember to keep your pet on a leash at all times. This is very important for the safety of neighborhood children, walkers and vehicles driving through our neighborhoods. Your pet is your responsibility and droppings deposited on private property, beaches and other common areas need to be picked up promptly.  Violations can be reported to the Lenawee County Sheriff's Dept at 517-263-0524.

UPDATE YOUR BOAT REGISTRATIONS.  All watercraft registrations are required to be updated annually. You may do this by sending a picture copy to Jodi Lewandowski at locherinproperty@gmail.com. Lake Attendants will be on site starting in May. Please be certain your updated registration is on file with the office PRIOR to launching your watercraft. Only watercraft registered to an LEPOA member in good standing will receive a watercraft season sticker. Any guest of a member in good standing is required to obtain a guest pass (purchased with the member present) at the launch.  Day Pass-$10  Weekend Pass-$25

ASSOCIATION BOAT SLIPS.  For boaters hoping to get an association slip this year, NOW is the time. We have a limited number of openings so members are encouraged to turn in your lease agreement asap. You can find everything you need and download the agreement packet HERE or call the office to request a package be mailed to you. Slips are assigned on a first come basis. You will need to submit a signed dock agreement, dock lease fee of $100.00, membership dues of $125.00 and a copy of your registration before a slip will be assigned.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about Goose Round Up, our Annual Weed Spray, Men and Women's Golf and PickleBall leaques and other dates to put on your calendar will be posted in the coming weeks. Please check the website regularly for this information.  Also a reminder to all that our Monthly LEPOA Board meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:pm at the Cambridge Township offices.  Members are always encouraged to attend.


BYLAW CHANGES COMING UP AT THE ANNUAL MEETING IN MAY!
As Chairman of the By-laws Review Committee, it’s been my responsibility over the last few months to review and update our General Bylaws document.  Often in governing documents of any organization such as ours, original documents are drafted, adopted and then forgotten even as the organization (or community) grows and changes. This often results in outdated or conflicting language that can create various levels of confusion for new property owners that do not have the benefit of past practice or history.

Review of our General By-laws has been overlooked for a number of years even though we’ve had many changes in our community in recent years.  After much discussion, I submitted a number of proposed language changes and updates that have since been approved by the board.  These changes are now required to be approved by a vote of our General Membership.

Please click here to see a copy of the proposed changes to our existing Bylaws. On the right side is a brief description of each change. These changes will be on the Agenda for general membership questions and discussion at the April 10th LEPOA monthly board meeting, held at Cambridge Township offices (corner of M-50 and Onsted Hwy) at 7:pm.  Members are also encouraged to engage in conversation or questions with me in our community forum over the next few weeks prior to the April board meeting.

Voting on the bylaw changes will take place at the Sunday, May 21st annual membership meeting. You may vote in person by separate ballot for the Board of Directors and the Bylaw changes at the meeting  You may also vote by mail or proxy for both ballots in advance of the annual meeting by following the Instructions about how to vote (by mail or proxy) available here.  A bylaws ballot will be attached to your annual dues statement and available on the website as soon as possible.  The Board encourages a YES vote on these changes.
     

Brand New in 2016 and continuing this Spring - Loch Erin Pickle Ball..... 

A fast growing sport that (Thanks to Loch Erin Resident Bob Jacobs) has taken off in our community this past summer is Pickle Ball! Bob returned from Florida last Spring, saw the newly cleared basketball court area and had a vision!  He posted a call of interest on our website and immediately received enough participants to start a formal league.  In one season the interest grew to a point where residents are currently waiting 45 minutes or more to get on the court during their scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:am play times. Four of our residents were featured in a recent Brooklyn Exponent article where Rich Guinta and Bob both received Gold medals and Patrick Coulter and Tom Sollars were awarded Bronze medals.  It's fun, it's local and it's great exercise for all ages!  If you'd like to play in the 2017 Season please contact Bob @ skier8223@hotmail.com.  


From the Desk of Board Secretary Jodi Lewandowski .....

Dock Lease Agreements for 2017 are now available for download.  Of note: if you wish to lease at Daniels Park this season, a new dock was added last summer so please be sure to review the maps for that park as you make your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for space.

As secretary to the LEPOA Board I enjoy the opportunity to meet and speak with many of our residents. Some of the biggest issues that continue to stand out each year involve
“the rules of the lake”. These rules are posted on our website, included in our newsletters and offered as handouts by the attendants at Leprechaun Park during May and June when most of our boats are being launched. They are also included in our dock lease agreement where it is mandatory for all dock lease participants to sign off indicating that they have read and understand these rules. Unfortunately many watercraft owners refuse the handouts or simply continue to ignore the rules making it dangerous for other boaters. There were many close calls this past summer and I would therefore like to remind all residents that following these rules makes it safer and more enjoyable for all of us on the lake. Please take time to read them, share them with family and friends that are boating with you and respect them at all times.  A few that stand out as particularly in need of review are: 

Counter clockwise traffic flow. Vessels traveling at a slower speed should stay closer to the shoreline but maintain the 100ft rule.
Watercraft pulling skiers, tubers, etc. must maintain a distance, for the watercraft AND person being pulled, of 100ft from any shoreline or object.  This includes other boats.
"NO WAKE" means traveling at the lowest possible speed as to not create a wake and is enforceable whether or not a sign is posted.
►Michigan law prohibits anyone from boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition, it is unlawful for the owner of a motorboat to allow anyone else to operate their motorboat if that person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties for persons arrested for boating under the influence are guilty of a misdemeanor. However upon a 3rd conviction within 10 years, a person will be guilty of a felony.
Improper distance for PWCs means: not allowing 150 ft to cross behind another vessel or other PWC when traveling faster than "No Wake" speeds.
PWCs cannot be operated by those under 14 years of age. Those born after Dec.31,1978 must obtain a boater's safety license, and special restrictions/limitations apply for those 14 and 15 with a boater's license.
Those less than 12 years of age may NOT operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35hp. Those born on or after July 1st, 1996, may operate a boat legally only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat. Those    born before July 1st, 1996 may operate a boat legally without restrictions.

In 2017 we look forward to a better and safer lake use monitoring system that encourages all property owners to participate in the solution by reporting any violations of our lake rules and usage to the appropriate authorities. Your willingness to record the MC#'s and report any boater violating the rules will go a long way to insure that our lake remains a safe and fun place for all water sports.


Tell (Vice-President and Parks Committee Chairman) Tom about it ...

Spring, Summer and Fall are all very busy seasons for our Parks.  We are either preparing for the most active season on the lake, enjoying the most active season on the lake, or preparing to close down the most active season on the lake.  As such projects are gearing up, pushing through and winding down. It's a fun time for your Parks Committee as we get to see and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  As of this date, our application for this years Egg and Nest Destruction permit has been submitted and I'm awaiting our approval to move forward.  If all goes okay, I hope to be seeking volunteers for our Annual Goose Round Up in June, so please feel free to contact me via email at thkanable@aol.com or by phone 661-210-5035 if you can help.  And as always, if you have a comment, suggestion or idea about a park or facility in our community feel free to..... Tell Tom about it! 
 

                                                          
Bob (the Builder) Jacobs is the LEPOA Building Restrictions Committee Chairman ..... Hi. I'm Bob Jacobs, your friendly Loch Erin Building Restrictions Chairman. As Bob the Builder, I am responsible for insuring that our community members are in compliance with all required permits and document restrictions when thinking of building or improving upon a property located within our community.  With 10 different subdivision documents, two townships and the Loch Erin Bylaws to consider that's ALOT of COMPLIANCE to get through!! Consideration is also given to insure that all construction and improvements embrace the "private, exclusively residential only use, intent of our lake community. Therefore property owners contemplating even the smallest home or property construction or improvement projects should always start by reviewing our Loch Erin By-Laws AND the specific restrictions for your neighborhood. Knowing which township your home or property is located in is also mandatory as both Franklin and Cambridge Township permits will need to be involved in the construction of any new home and in most home improvement projects.  

So let's start at the beginning!  Where do you live?  Our community has 10 different sub-divisions and each of them have their own set of Restriction documents.  If you don't know which sub-division your home or property is located in, a quick call to the office or an email to locherinproperty@gmail.com can help you figure that out. 

With that information in hand, you can now visit the "BUILDING RESTRICTIONS" page of our website and download both your neighborhood rules and the more General Loch Erin By-laws.  It is important that you read both these documents carefully BEFORE you plan your project.  Compliance approvals are required from both the township in which your property is located  (either Cambridge or Franklin) and from the Loch Erin Building Committee before any work can start. 

Your next step in the process is to complete the Loch Erin Building Information form (FOUND HERE) and  submit the form and  2 sets of project plans making sure that your project plans include a property site plan that indicates all set backs. This is the same information that you will be required to submit to the township. (IF your property is located in Gilgal Pointe, Irish Mist or Stonehedge you must submit 3, not 2 sets of plans as approval from a Board Member of those neighborhoods is also required). Your plans are then reviewed by the Loch Erin Building Committee and if found to be in compliance, we will date stamp and sign off forwarding the 2nd set to the township on your behalf (and if necessary the 3rd set to the Gilgal, Irish Mist or Stonehedge association board).  Once the township provides their approval your project can begin to move forward keeping in mind however, that ALL changes or alterations to the approved plan from this point forward are required to be re-submitted to the Loch Erin Building Committee Chairman and approved before any changes to the original plan can move forward.It goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway.  No construction or property improvement plans will be approved by the Loch Erin Building Committee if your Association Dues are in arrears.  It's also important to recognize that the information provided on the building restrictions page is to assist us AND  you to move smoothly through the construction approval and permitting process. There is little we can do to assist you before you submit your completed form and project plans.  All documents and forms are downloadable for your convenience.

Do you ever wonder what your $125.00 annual dues pay for?


LEPOA Treasurer Lee Prettymen has the answer!
As a Loch Erin property owner, your annual membership dues support many things.  Some things you can readily see as you drive through our community or use its Member Only facilities and services.  Most things however go on behind the scenes every day, all year long as issues are handled and plans and policies are developed and overseen by your Seven Member Elected Board of Directors (who volunteer their time on your behalf). Their jobs don’t start and end between 7-10:pm the 2nd Monday of the month.   


Here are some of the things your annual dues support:
    
•    Private use of Loch Erin Lake for you and your guests
•    Members Only Boat Launch Facility
•    11 -  Member Only Parks maintenance and upgrades
•    Lake, Water Quality and Weed Control and Maintenance
•    Annual Goose Round Up and Egg Destruction (Which reduces the cost of weed control)
•    Annual Fish Stocking Program
•    Member Launch and Park Facility Lake Attendants
•    Auto and Watercraft Member Sticker 
•    Subsidize dock maintenance and replacement, which allows for economical dock lease rates for back lot
     owners
•    Public Shoreline and Island Maintenance
•    Entrance and Boulevard Maintenance
•    Private Community Fireworks Display
•    Office and Support Services
•    Interactive Private Website
•    Basketball and Pickleball Court
•    Galway Park Beach Maintenance
•    Signage and parking lot maintenance (and upgrades) as necessary
•    New projects or upgrades as may be needed or proposed.
•    Seasonal Porta-potties in Parks, including one handicapped and one year round.
•    Water Ski Course Facility
•    No Wake Signs and Bouy Maintenance
•    Building code, restrictions, plan review, approval and assistance
•    Annual budget planning, filings and oversight
•    Routine Bylaw and Policy review and revisions as may be required or desired.

Coming UP in May! .....


Tame the Tide Terry Michaels our Fish & Wildlife Connection ....
Want to know how fish are selected for our lake and why?  What does each species contribute to the health of our water?  Do they all reproduce successfully?  Terry has the answers.

 




Newest LEPOA Board Member Christian Malcolm inherited the Water Quality Committee....  Christian's education and experience made him the perfect choice to take over the Water Quality Committee as the 2016 board structure shifted. The unusual weed and algae season this past summer may have challenged even the experts in the area but Loch Erin property owners can feel confident that Christian will continue to work to keep our lake healthy and our residents safe.    
           


      


If you have not already realized it, your LEPOA EXECUTIVE BOARD IS A 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"??

Bob Jacobs - Buildings Committee and Fireworks - skier8223@hotmail.com
Tom Kanable - Parks, Entryway - thkanable@aol.com
Terry Michaels - Fish and Wildlife - terrymichaels@hotmail.com
Joe Richard - Bylaws Review -richarj@attglobal.net
Christian Malcolm - Water Quality - christian.c.malcolm@gmail.com


Photo Credits:  Entrance photo courtesy of resident Joe Swaney.  Volunteer Malonie Howe of Five Starr Photography has provided many of the other photos on this website and is officially our Loch Erin website photographer.  Please thank her by visiting and liking her facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/fivestarrphotography/