► Next Meeting of the LEPOA Board will be held via teleconference on Monday, June 8th at 7:PM. Minutes of that meeting will be posted asap thereafter.
► The LOCH ERIN COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE has been moved to the 2nd MIS race weekend this year, August 7th and 8th.
► REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS - LEPOA ANNUAL DUES OF $175.00 were expected by May 1st and are now overdue. Dues must be paid in full before watercraft or vehicle stickers will be issued. Sub-division dues are also expected by May 1st and should be paid to the Treasurer of your sub association. Late payments are subject to fines, liens and loss of membership privileges. If you have not yet mailed your dues please do so immediately. Your timely payments are appreciated.
President’s Message – Summer 2020
The summer of 2020 has finally arrived on Loch Erin but in many ways, it remains difficult to focus on the Loch Erin activities we are accustomed to at this time of year. Delays in business’ and contractors being able to provide timely service, members anxious and sometimes angry about the delays are frustrating for everyone. A rainy Spring didn’t help but despite the challenges we have so far survived and strive to move forward in the only way that we can.
Our 2020 Annual Meeting was conducted via Zoom – a first for your LEPOA Board and we do appreciate the members who logged on and participated in the meeting and the Elections this year. The current board was re-elected and I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating Christian Malcolm, Lee Prettymen, Phil Kittridge, Rod Kurowski, Joe Richard, Don Deneweth and in thanking both our volunteer board and committee chairmen for their continued work on behalf of all members of our community.
Many have already been asking what lies ahead in the next few months and that is a difficult and ever-changing situation. As of the publishing of the summer newsletter I can tell you that the June Weed Spray will not occur this year and that is because Restorative Lake Sciences (after conducting an extensive review of our water quality last year) has determined that we do not need to. The full report and the presentation provided by Dr. Jennifer Jermalowicz- Jones is available for review on the water quality page. As of June 1st, the Goose Round Up has also been cancelled by the State of Michigan..
So far, we expect that the Annual LEPOA Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4th as planned and our Annual Community Garage Sale has been re-scheduled to Friday August 7th and Saturday August 8th from 9-5:pm. Please keep in mind however that all activities are still subject to any impact future orders or extentions of previous orders issued from the Govenor may have on those plans.
As a reminder, administrative issues should be addressed via email to Jordin at email@example.com. You can also leave a message on the office phone @ 517-467-4834 but remember our secretary works part time. Questions of a timely nature should be emailed for the quickest response. Website questions/issues should be directed to the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Suspected violations of our by-laws, lake or neighborhood restrictions, concerns, questions or complaints where you desire a response from the board or direction from our Compliance Chairman, MUST be submitted on the Compliance Form below and emailed to Eric Cullum, Compliance Chairman at email@example.com. Neither Eric or the board will address member questions or concerns that are not submitted in this manner.
The LEPOA board hopes that we all continue to be considerate and kind to your neighbors and wishes all members good health and a fun, but safe, summer on Loch Erin.
Tom Kanable, President
If you need assistance from the board with a complaint, issue, concern or suspected violation of our Bylaws, neighborhood rules or building restrictions, please fully 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, 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.
Never too early to think Spring!! The men’s golf league has openings for new members of all skill levels. The only requirement is a desire to have a good time and good fellowship. The league plays every Tuesday morning 9am at Hills' Heart of the Lakes in Brooklyn starting with the official practice round on the last Tuesday in April. Competition begins the first Tuesday in May and continues for 20 weeks, followed by an outing and banquet. If you are interested in joining the league or even just getting on the mailing list to join us occasionally, contact Jim Thomas 843-532-1515 or email@example.com.
Open Play Pickleball Play Times - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 8:30 AM. Girls League on Tuesday mornings. Anyone interested in playing at other times can contact Patrick Coulter at 734 812-7758 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Jacobs at 517 260-3652 email@example.com.
From the desk of LEPOA Board Secretary Jordin Stark.....
Our LEPOA Dock Lease Program - If you are interested in securing dock space at one of our Association Parks please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 2020. Our 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 Jordin 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.
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.