An Important Message from LEPOA President Tom Kanable ......
Spring is the time of year when the Board prepares for the future of our community and the Annual Meeting on May 19th is where it all happens!
By now, most of you have received a Board letter indicating that an Annual Dues increase is mandatory if our community is to continue its current level of services and prepare for any anticipated issues in our future. At the March board meeting, a motion was adopted to propose an increase in our dues from the current $125.00 to $175.00 annually beginning in 2020 toward that goal.
The decision to propose any increase did not come easily to the Board and it represents only a modest increase per lot/per month. It’s been 13 years since our dues were increased. In that time our community has grown to include many new homes and members, and the costs of providing and maintaining our community has increased. Meanwhile, the physical and financial burdens of the association have remained the same. This simply cannot continue without sacrifice.
Please review the adopted budget for 2019 that has been posted on the Minutes and Newsletter page (copies of which will also be available at the meeting). Per our Treasurer a $50/per year increase per member will be required to maintain current service levels and insure a positive financial position moving forward. Are there items and activities that can be reduced further or even eliminated? Of course there are. Some items that the board could review as non-mandated or discretionary include, our annual fireworks display, porta potties in all our parks, security at the launch, annual fish stocking, our community website, volunteer Christmas Party, annual yard sale, sticker program, compliance program, goose round up, weed control, cutting office support services …all would be difficult choices and the community at large would suffer greatly if thats the path decided by the vote at this years meeting. The decision is up to each member. The board has moved the annual meeting to a larger venue this year (the Onsted High School Auditeria) to insure anyone that wants to be heard will be heard. We are actively seeking your input as ultimately it will be used to determine the future of our Private Lake Community.
And If that's not enough to encourage you to particpate in this very important annual meeting.... again this year Jodi will be distributing watercraft and vehicle stickers an hour before the meeting for all members that have paid their dues and provided a valid copy of their registration(s) and Mark Riggle/Broker and the Riggle Team will return with yummy refreshments and some fun and spectacular door prizes!
As your President I would ask that you support this modest increase ($4.16 per month per lot owned) in order to insure our community continues to move forward. I also stress the importance of and strongly encourage ALL members to vote both ballots in person, by mail or proxy by the May 19th deadline.
The future of our community, our continued growth and the value of our investment is the hands of each and every Loch Erin member. Further....and perhaps more importantly.... Decisions are made by those that show up folks.
Adopting the dues increase requires a 2/3rds vote of only the members attending the Annual Meeting and submitting an official ballot, absentee ballot or proxy by Sunday, May 19th at 2:pm. The deadline for voting both ballots is the same. Don't allow ONLY those that show up to decide for you.
►LEPOA will not accept multiple member ballots that have been emailed, scanned or mailed in bulk by an individual member(s).
►LEPOA will not accept any member ballot(s) scanned and sent by email.
►Both ballots must be submitted either a) by mail from the member voting
(b) brought to the meeting by the member voting or
(c) by a properly executed absentee or proxy ballot mailed to the office by the member who is voting.
►If the members' printed name or signature are illegible, the vote will not be accepted in the final count.
►The only ballots that will be accepted are the official Candidate and Proposal ballots approved by the board.
Download 2019 Candidate Ballot
Download 2019 Dues Proposal Ballot
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 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 email@example.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.
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 were 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
►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 - email@example.com
Christian Malcolm - Vice President/Chairman Fish/Water - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Prettymen - Treasurer - email@example.com
Bob Jacobs - Buildings Committee and Fireworks - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Richard - Parks Chairman and Bylaws Review -email@example.com
Rod Kurowski - Co-Chairman Parks - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Kittredge - Co-Chairman Water Quality - email@example.com
Don Deneweth - Co-Chairman Buildings Committee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Cullum - Chairman Compliance Program Administration - email@example.com
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