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ANNOUNCEMENTS

►On November 29th, LEPOA Board members met with area representatives regarding the results of and possible next steps to our 2017/2018 Water Quality Concerns.  Water Quality Co-Chair Phil Kittredge narrated a Power Point Presentation which along with the meeting minutes are now available to all members on the Water Quality/Lake Levels page.

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

First, I’d like to wish all Loch Erin Residents a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2019 New Year!  Our community had some  challenges in 2018 and while some may think our biggest issue was our Algae situation, I’d remind you that those kind of challenges can be met with a little time, effort and co-operation from all involved. 

Our bigger challenge, in my mind, was the loss of long time President, Mike Eberly.  Mike passed suddenly (for most of us) on August 16th after over 30 years of service and dedication to our community.  His gift to Loch Erin can never be replaced.  If it’s in your heart this holiday season, please remember Ericka, his children, grandchildren and this board in your thoughts and prayers as we all struggle to move forward without his guidance. Please keep his memory alive while we grieve the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, friend and long time advocate of our community.  Rest in Peace Mike. Your Loch Erin Legacy will not be forgotten.
 
I'd also like to take this end of the year opportunity to say THANKS to all our Loch Erin Volunteers who stand up and show up for the very necessary things that help the LEPOA board day in and day out and make our job just a little easier.  For many years, I've had the pleasure of working with a great group of men and women who come out at the crack of dawn each spring and help us control our Geese population.  A special thanks to those sub-division volunteers, who sit on the boards of Gilgal Point, Irish Mist and Stonehedge and to the Compliance Committee who gathered over many months last winter to help organize and develop a proceedure to the benefit of both the board and our members. A grateful nod to both Eric Cullum and Don Deneweth as well, who jumped in to fill vacancies on both the Compliance and the Building Committee boards and finally, for those members who are always just a phone call away when the island buoys, ski course, downed signs or just an extra set of hands is needed. The LEPOA Board appreciates your contributions to our community.

However you celebrate this holiday, remember how blessed we all are to be living in Loch Erin.  Be kind to your neighbors and be safe! 

 
                                
 


From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....              

The 2019 Dock Lease Agreement is available for download now. Please read the agreement carefully and follow all instructions and requirements or your request for dock space next season may be delayed.  If you live in Gilgal Point or Irish Mist in addition to your annual dues, your sub-association dues must also be paid before your agreement will be processed. LEPOA does not collect these dues.  Pay them directly to your sub-association prior to submitting your lease request.  Space is assigned on a first come first serve basis and All agreements must be postmarked after January 1st to be considered.

LEPOA Annual Dues are $125.00 and statements are sent out in December.  Payment is  expected no later than May 1st each year.  For your convenience, dues are accepted from all members beginning January 2nd 2019.

Annual watercraft Stickers are required by all members using the lake.  Vehicle stickers are required to be placed on all vehicles that expect to use our parks  To receive either sticker you must pay all dues and provide a valid watercraft and/or vehicle registration copy each 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. 

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 this website to receive access to community updates, water quality information and important announcements.  Be active!  Attend the monthly board meetings, connect with your neighbors in the forum and engage in our lake community!!

New This Year!  We are offering 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.  The board recently voted to accept donations to the budgeted amount from any member wishing to do so.  If you'd like to make a donation you may include it with your annual dues or forward it at any time before May 1st for the current year (2019) Fireworks.  To keep our records accurate, when donating please indicate the 2019 Fireworks Event and the exact dollar amount of your donation.  I can not Thank You enough for your attention to detail!  The Fireworks event this year will be celebrated on Saturday July 6th!  
       
 

♦LOCH ERIN IS A PRIVATE LAKE.  KEEPING IT PRIVATE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL MEMBERS♦

If you need assistance from the board with a complaint, issue, concern or suspected violation of our Bylaws, neighborhood rules or building restrictions, please do not use the "contact us" form.  Instead, 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 to the form however this form MUST accompany your request to the Board.  Incomplete, Anonymous or Missing forms will not be addressed.                  

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 is working closely with these agencies to address these matters.

►Suspected Poaching on our lake should also be reported directly to the DNR at 1-800-292-7800.  You can also call DNR Officer Andy Monnich at 517-648-5847. If you can not immediately report illegal fishing or activity of any kind, taking a picture of either the MC# or Vehicle License Plate will greatly assist the officers and reduce the instance of this activity in our community. 

►Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit 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 Police at 517-467-4737.

►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.

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.

DEQ Permits are required for any shoreline improvements.  Permit Info can be found
here.

Hunting is never permitted on the 40 acres or any Association Park or Island.  

Members with Guests enjoying the use of our lake or community facilities must accompany guests at all times.

        

Bob Jacobs Building Restrictions Committee Chairman....


Hi. I'm Bob Jacobs and I am Chairman of the Loch Erin Building Committee. My Committee is 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.  

The Loch Erin Community was developed in phases over many years.  As a result, there are 10 individual subdivisions that surround our Lake and they all have very specific rules and restrictions to that neighborhood. This is in addition to the Loch Erin General Bylaws, Lake Rules and any Township, County or DNR/DEQ Rules and restrictions.  Whether you are a current property owner, looking to own property or build on property you already own, or a Realtor showing a home or property in our community it is important for you to identify your neighborhood and thoroughly read through these documents before starting your project or purchasing a lot or home.

If you are new to our community, or thinking of purchasing a lot or home in an HOA community, it can be helpful to read and understand 
"Six Reasons to Read your HOA documents BEFORE you purchase".  Many of the issues included in this article mimic some of the situations you will encounter in our General Bylaws and Neighborhood Restrictions.

Because our development is split between two townships it is also suggested that you determine which township (
Cambridge or Franklin) governs the home or property that you are interested in to insure that the township ordinance/restrictions also meet your goals.

This information is provided for you in an effort to eliminate the "surprises" that sometimes accompany moving into a new area.  Please also visit the 
"Building Restrictions" page for Committee Contacts and more detailed information about the process. 

       

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".

                                                                    
2018-2019 Board Members                           
                                                 Tom Kanable - President - thkanable@aol.com

               Christian Malcolm - Vice President/Chairman Fish/Water - christian.c.malcolm@gmail.com
                                             Lee Prettymen - Treasurer -
hleepert@comcast.net
                       Bob Jacobs - Buildings Committee and Fireworks - skier8223@hotmail.com
                         Joe Richard - Parks Chairman and Bylaws Review -richarj@attglobal.net

                                 Rod Kurowski - Co-Chairman Parks -  rkurow@hotmail.com
                         Phil Kittredge - Co-Chairman Water Quality - philipkittredge@comcast.net


                                                                     
2018-2019 Committees
                     Don Deneweth - Co-Chairman Buildings Committee - dondeneweth@yahoo.com
                 Eric Cullum - Chairman Compliance Program Administration - dsgtcullum@yahoo.com

 


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