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ANNOUNCEMENTS

►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 roadsIn 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 or posted in the community forum will not be addressed by the board.  Questions regarding how to submit the POA form can be addressed to the Compliance Committee Chairman via at
dsgtcullum@yahoo.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 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. If your website account was deleted for this reason, you will be required to email the webmaster - not the office please- at (kakanable@aol.com) and request to rejoin the website once your dues become current. 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 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 move into the fall of 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.

A new "no wake buoy" has been place in the Cove of Castlebar.  Please follow the no wake rules around the entire lake, whether signs or buoys are present or not. Responsible boating is everybody's business. Videos and pictures of members violating these rules are being submitted weekly and your member privleges can be suspended. Yes, it’s a large lake, but we all share the water with swimmers, skiers, kayakers and fishermen. The lake rules (which can be found under the Bd Documents - Minutes link) are intended to keep us all SAFE. Know them... and Respect them.  It's the law.
 

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.   
                                                                   
      

From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....              


Our LEPPOA 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. 

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. 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. Vehicle stickers are not issued or valid on any ORV including golf carts which are illegal on all LEPOA roads or in our Parks. 

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 locherinproperty@gmail.com. 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 the website to receive access to community updates, water quality information and important announcements. To join or re-join the website contact the webmaster at kakanable@aol.com.  Please do not contact the office as that will only delay your request for website assistance.  Attend the monthly board meetings, connect with your neighbors in the forum and engage in our private 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 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.  I can not Thank You enough for your attention to detail! 


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.       


  
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


Team Realtor
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.

Team Realtor
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.