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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 ►Loch Erin annual dues were expected on May 1st. Second notices are being prepared now and will be sent out July 1st to members with unpaid balances of 60 days in arrears. Please remember that all members not in good standing May be denied the privilege of lake and facility usage.

Open Play Pickleball Play Times - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 8:30 AM. Anyone interested in playing at other times can contact Patrick Coulter at 734 812-7758 p.a.coulter0@icloud.com or Bob Jacobs at 517 260-3652   skier8223@hotmail.com.

The 2018 Loch Erin Fireworks will be held the Saturday before the holiday (June 30th) with a rain date of the Saturday after the Holiday (July 7th)

                                                        A Minute with LEPOA President Tom Kanable ...... 

For the first time in a very long time, the Loch Erin President’s message has a new face.  Long time Loch Erin Association President Mike Eberly recently expressed his desire to step down from the demands of his Presidency and to eventually be replaced in the coming months by a new board member.  This Association owes a huge debt of gratitude to the long history of service that Mike has contributed to our community and to the many projects and accomplishments that would not have been possible without Mike Eberly in the driver’s seat.  Each and every property owner in our community has benefited by Mike’s leadership and it is with deep regret and some sadness that I announce his impending resignation.  He will be missed by many.  None more so than myself.  We wish you well Mike and Thank You for your many years of dedication to our community. It was an honor to serve on the board with you.

At the Annual Meeting in May, the 2018-2019 LEPOA Board was elected.  As its new President I am proud to introduce your 2018-2019 Board of Directors; Christian Malcolm (Vice President) Lee Prettyman (Treasurer) and Trustees: Bob Jacobs, Terry Michaels, Joe Richard and Mike Eberly.

The Memorial Day Weekend brought many complaints regarding water safety.  While Loch Erin is a Private Lake, it is patrolled by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Marine Division and the DNR. Violations and dangerous situations should be immediately reported directly to them at 517-263-0524 for the Sheriff or 1-800-292-7800 for the DNR. It is important to remember that we are not the only Lake in the area and response times can be slower than we would hope, especially on a Holiday weekend.  However, without your assistance in recording and consistently reporting violations to the authorities, our lake could quickly become unpleasant for everyone.   Boating Safety and Lake Usage Rules are posted in our Parks, handed out at the Launch, on the Website and in our Newsletters. 

Watercraft and Parking Stickers are required on all watercraft on the lake and all vehicles parked in any of our Parks.  The Cambridge Township Police will be increasing their patrols in our community this summer and enforcing our Sticker Program.  At the least, watercraft or vehicles without a sticker will be asked to leave.  At worst, you may be ticketed or towed.  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 reported to the Police at 517-467-4737.

Loch Erin Launch Attendants will also be increasing their hours and attention to recording violations in and around our lake and Parks this season.  The Attendants are easily identifiable by their orange vests and can assist any member with dues, stickers, boat safety information or reporting violations to the proper authority. They are mandated by the Board to enforce our Members Only policies without exception. Please treat them with respect. 

Also new this season is our “Property Owners Request for Compliance” form.  This form allows any  member to file a concern regarding any suspected Rules or Bylaws violation and request an investigation into the matter by our Board. Forms are available from the Launch Attendants or can also be downloaded from the website.  Anonymous concerns will not be addressed.


A few seasonal reminders:

► Ski Course Hours are:
Weekdays and Saturday from 7 AM until one hour after sunset. Sunday hours are from 9 AM until one hour after sunset.
The speed limit around the lake roadways is 25 MPH unless otherwise posted.
Members with Guests enjoying the use of our lake or community facilities must accompany guests at all times.
Traffic around the entire lake is Counter-clockwise.
NO WAKE is defined by the State of Michigan as the slowest speed possible as to not create a wake.
The No Wake area is defined as 100' from the shoreline around the entire lake whether a sign is posted or not.
Always Maintain a safe distance from swimmers, fishing boats, skiers and tubers.
Dock Lights are to be used for docking only.  They are dangerous to other boaters when used as headlights.
Dogs must be leashed at all times and members are expected to clean up after their animals.
DEQ Permits are required for any shoreline improvements.  Permit Info can be found here.
Hunting is not permitted on any Association Park or Island.
►Report Poachers to the DNR @ 1-800-292-7800 or Andy Monnich @ 517-610-1370.
Report unleased dogs, parking, park or park facility violations to the Cambridge Twsp. Police Dept 
517-467-4737
Report Watercraft or Water use violations to the Lenawee County Sheriff  517-263-0524


ALGAE UPDATE 5/22/2018

For those unable to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, it seems our Board has not only acted as responsible guardians of our lake but have been doing all that can be done regarding last seasons algae outbreak.
 
Gary Kohlhepp and Rachel Burns from the DEQ were on hand Sunday to explain how Algae can affect our lake and why there are no simple answers to it's containment. They answered all member concerns about last seasons outbreak and as the board has previously advised, there are a few important take-aways from their presentation;

a)  If you see scum - people and pets should stay out of the lake where the scum is present. Toxins are not typically found in water too far away from the scum area and therefore those lake areas are presumed safe in most cases. 

b)  Members can bottle samples of any scum near their shore areas (in clean bottles), and contact the DEQ directly to request testing.  You want to skim the TOP of the scum... the worst looking stuff for sampling.  The samples must be refrigerated immediately after bottling and if the DEQ representative can not be available for at least 24 hours, keep the sample in a freezer until picked up.

c) Phosphates are not the only issue or even the main issue in most cases.  Although the LEPOA board recommends and will continue to recommend that non-phosphorus fertilizers be used by all Loch Erin property owners, there are many factors that influence how severely an algae outbreak may be.

d) Copper Sulfate treatments are basically the only successful and affordable means to treat the algae although other methods are being researched. Unfortunately, these treatments do not always provide the expected results as we saw last year.

e) There is no immediate danger to our lake, our property values or the health of our property owners and pets assuming we all understand and practice the common sense advice provided by Gary and Rachel.  We live on a lake.  This is a natural and expected consequence of lake living.

 
Any member willing to sample the Algae along their shoreline through the 2018 season is asked to follow the sampling guidelines above and contact the DEQ Representatives directly when the samples are ready. It is the goal of both the DEQ and the LEPOA Board to work together to keep our lake clean and healthy.  Your participation is required and greatly appreciated.
 

In response to a couple of the questions that came up during the meeting, Rachel put together a quick map of the Wolf Creek sub-watershed for us.  The map is a bit technical, but she wanted to include it in case any of us were interested in the source of this map: HUC 12 stands for Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 12 digit, which is the smallest watershed delineation available from the United States Geological Survey. The map  shows the Wolf Creek Sub-watershed which includes drainage to Loch Erin, but (and you’ll see this very clearly in the map) it also shows the overall drainage down to Lake Adrian. This isn’t exactly the map that people were requesting during the meeting, but it is her hope that it does help to show the primary surface water drainage area that enters Loch Erin. The area of the Wolf Creek Sub-watershed is 36,555 acres (57.1 square miles), with water flowing in a south easterly direction towards Lake Adrian.

She estimates that only about a fifth or so of the drainage area in the watershed drains to Loch Erin, the rest of the drainage area shown on the map drains downstream.  She also provided a quick legend for the map;
Bold blue lines: Wolf Creek (HUC 12) Sub-watershed outline,
Light green lines: Surface Water including streams, creeks and rivers,
Bold green lines: Open County Drains,
Red lines: County Tiled Drains

Rachel's contact info:  Rachel Burns, BurnsR6@michigan.gov, Environmental Quality Analyst,Jackson District Office,Water Resources Division,Michigan Department of Environmental Quality,Cell Phone: (517) 416-4073 

Gary's Contact Info:
Gary Kohlhepp, Harmful Algae Group, Lansing Michigan  Phone: 
517-284-5540, Email: KOHLHEPPG@michigan.gov

                                                   

From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....               

All property owners are required to include a valid registration copy annually with your dues payment by May 1st.  2018 Stickers for watercraft (or vehicles that use our parks), will not be issued to anyone that does not include this information with their payment. Launching will be denied to anyone not able to meet these requirements.

For our off water members click here for the 2018 Dock Lease Agreement and Instructions . The rules are a little different in 2018 so please review the 2018 Check List  as it contains important information. Annual requests for dock space must be postmarked after January 1st.  If your agreement does not meet all the Check List requirements the package will be returned to you and your request delayed.  LEPOA does not collect any sub-association dues. If you live in Gilgal Pointe or Irish Mist your subdivision dues must also be paid before your request will be processed.

The 2018 watercraft and vehicle sticker are available now.  You may pay your annual dues and receive your stickers any time between January 2nd and May 1st each year.

                                                    
Bob Jacobs 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 neighborhood associations 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 continue moving 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.

               

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"??

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:  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!