►REMINDER - HUNTING ON THE 40 ACRES IS NEVER PERMITTED.
►Reminder - ALL MEMBERS are required to update their watercraft registration(s) ANNUALLY. Stickers will not be issued to any member that has not updated this information. Before you send your boat off to storage, take a (clear) picture of your registration(s) and forward to Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Minute with President Mike Eberly ......
As we move into the final quarter of 2016 I have to say that this has been a very active year of growth and change in our community. At our annual meeting in May, we said goodbye to long time board member Kim Meissner and welcomed new board member Christian Malcom. Some of the pressing issues presented to the new board thereafter included finding a resolution to the undesirable activity at Little Loch Erin Island (across from Wadding Drive) and preventing a homeowner from running a vacation rental business in our private lake community. While these two issues were handled successfully, they remain on-going as we struggle to make our bylaws more accurately define and reflect the intent of our community.
The board also welcomed in a new Cambridge Township Police Chief in May. Chief Jeff Paterson attended our annual meeting opening the door for renewed interest to build a stronger relationship with Loch Erin property owners. Administratively, we worked to improve the efficiency of our Launch Facility Attendants, and continue to revamp our boat registration system to aid property owners and insure the security of our lake from trespassers. Our dock lease program was expanded this year and provided 96 off water residents the opportunity to moor their watercraft in one of 11 parks around the lake. Six of those parks met their capacity by mid-June. We were challenged by the unusually difficult weed and algae season this summer but were able to address most lake areas with an additional spray. Our Annual Garage Sale and Fireworks display were once again successful events for all and we enjoyed an increase in member participation on our website and at our monthly meetings.
As we continue to wind down the year, I would like to say thank you to all my LEPOA Board and Committee members. These volunteers work tirelessly to keep our community moving forward and they have made my job as President easier. As you review our 2016 accomplishments in these final months of the year, I am sure you’ll agree that we are lucky to have these people as part of our community.
From the Desk of Board Secretary Jodi Lewandowski .....
Dock Lease Agreements for 2017 are now available for download. Of note: if you wish to lease at Daniels Park next season, a new dock was added last summer so please be sure to review the maps for that park as you make your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for space.
As secretary to the LEPOA Board I enjoy the opportunity to meet and speak with many of our residents. Some of the biggest issues that continue to stand out each year involve “the rules of the lake”. These rules are posted on our website, included in our newsletters and offered as handouts by the attendants at Leprechaun Park during May and June when most of our boats are being launched. They are also included in our dock lease agreement where it is mandatory for all dock lease participants to sign off indicating that they have read and understand these rules. Unfortunately many watercraft owners refuse the handouts or simply continue to ignore the rules making it dangerous for other boaters. There were many close calls this past summer and I would therefore like to remind all residents that following these rules makes it safer and more enjoyable for all of us on the lake. Please take time to read them, share them with family and friends that are boating with you and respect them at all times. A few that stand out as particularly in need of review are:
►Counter clockwise traffic flow. Vessels traveling at a slower speed should stay closer to the shoreline but maintain the 100ft rule.
►Watercraft pulling skiers, tubers, etc. must maintain a distance, for the watercraft AND person being pulled, of 100ft from any shoreline or object. This includes other boats.
►"NO WAKE" means traveling at the lowest possible speed as to not create a wake and is enforceable whether or not a sign is posted.
►Michigan law prohibits anyone from boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition, it is unlawful for the owner of a motorboat to allow anyone else to operate their motorboat if that person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Penalties for persons arrested for boating under the influence are guilty of a misdemeanor. However upon a 3rd conviction within 10 years, a person will be guilty of a felony.
►Improper distance for PWCs means: not allowing 150 ft to cross behind another vessel or other PWC when traveling faster than "No Wake" speeds.
►PWCs cannot be operated by those under 14 years of age. Those born after Dec.31,1978 must obtain a boater's safety license, and special restrictions/limitations apply for those 14 and 15 with a boater's license.
►Those less than 12 years of age may NOT operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35hp. Those born on or after July 1st, 1996, may operate a boat legally only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat. Those born before July 1st, 1996 may operate a boat legally without restrictions.
In 2017 we look forward to a better and safer lake use monitoring system that encourages all property owners to participate in the solution by reporting any violations of our lake rules and usage to the appropriate authorities. Your willingness to record the MC#'s and report any boater violating the rules will go a long way to insure that our lake remains a safe and fun place for all water sports.
Coming up in December.......
Lean and Mean, LEPOA Treasurer Lee Prettyman, will talk about the financial state of our Property Owners Association and answer the question "what do my $125.00 annual dues buy me"? His answer may surprise you!
New this year ..... Loch Erin Pickle Ball League ......
A fast growing sport that (Thanks to Loch Erin Resident Bob Jacobs) has taken off in our community this past summer is Pickle Ball! Bob returned from Florida last Spring, saw the newly cleared basketball court area and had a vision! He posted a call of interest on our website and immediately received enough participants to start a formal league. In one season the interest grew to a point where residents are currently waiting 45 minutes or more to get on the court during their scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:am play times. Four of our residents were featured in a recent Brooklyn Exponent article where Rich Guinta and Bob both received Gold medals and Patrick Coulter and Tom Sollars were awarded Bronze medals. It's fun, it's local and it's great exercise for all ages! If you'd like to play please contact Bob @ email@example.com.
Tell (Vice-President and Parks Committee Chairman) Tom about it ....
Spring, Summer and Fall are all very busy seasons for our Parks. We are either preparing for the most active season on the lake, enjoying the most active season on the lake, or preparing to close down the most active season on the lake. As such projects are gearing up, pushing through and winding down. It's a fun time for your Parks Committee as we get to see and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We kicked off the year grateful to again be allowed to participate in the State's Goose Round Up Program. After a year moritorium due to the presence of Avian Flu in a flock of geese in Monroe County most property owners on Loch Erin were anxious to see the goose population on our lake (and in our yards) under control again. With the help of the largest group of round up volunteers that I've experienced since 'inheriting' this program 4 years ago, we destroyed 46 nests and relocated 69 geese. My sincere appreciation to all who helped this year and continue to help year after year to assist in the control and maintence of these birds.
We were also fortunate this summer, to complete Phase 2 of our M-50 Entrance project which included the long awaited installation of our new sign which was nicely complimented by completion of the Lenawee County Road Commissions' phase 2 re-paving of Kingsley Drive along with all adjacent streets and courts up to Gilbert Road. Additionally we were the beneficiaries of a much improved County shoulder maintenance program this year with a more focused effort on the dangerous curve around the basketball court. (Much thanks to our local RC foreman, Dustin).
Other park projects in 2016 included; A new beach area at Galway Park, the re-roofing of the shelter building in Leprechaun Park, minor parking lot improvements in parks where needed, Phase 1 of the Basketball Court clearing, installation of a culvert and driveway/parking area at Lot 6 park and the establishment of a defined routine maintenance program for all parks and facilities around the lake for 2017. The parks committee is also responsible for the installation and removal of all LEPOA docks in 11 parks that service our off water residents, placement and pick up of all park porta-potties each year and is the first reponse effort to any and all fallen trees, rule violations or emergency maintenance issues throughout the year. If you have a comment, suggestion or idea about a park or facility in your neighborhood.... Tell Tom about it! firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Soon! .....
Bob (the Builder) Jacobs is the LEPOA Building Restrictions Committee Chairman ..... If you are buying, building, improving or even just placing a structure on your lot or home in any neighborhood surrounding our Loch Erin Community, read and do EVERYTHING on the Building Restrictions page, and THEN call Bob. Each neighborhood is governed by three sets of restrictions and you as the property owner are actually responsible for making sure you have secured all the permits and sign off's required.
Tame the Tide Terry Michaels our Fish & Wildlife Connection ....
Want to know how fish are selected for our lake and why? What does each species contribute to the health of our water? Do they all reproduce successfully? Terry has the answers.
Lions and tigers and BYLAWS! Joe Richard is our Bylaws Review Chairman ..... With 11 separate and distinct neighborhoods and at least 3 sets of restrictions governing each of them, constant review, revision and compliance is necessary to maintain the integrity and intent of our private lake community. It's a daunting task that has often been neglected.
Newest LEPOA Board Member Christian Malcolm inherited the Water Quality Committee.... Christian's education and experience made him the perfect choice to take over the Water Quality Committee as the 2016 board structure shifted. The unusual weed and algae season this past summer may have challenged even the experts in the area but Loch Erin property owners can feel confident that Christian will continue to work to keep our lake healthy and our residents safe.
If you have not already realized it, your LEPOA EXECUTIVE BOARD IS A 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 - email@example.com
Tom Kanable - Parks, Entryway - firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Michaels - Fish and Wildlife - email@example.com
Joe Richard - Bylaws Review -firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Malcolm - Water Quality - email@example.com
Photo Credits: Entrance photo courtesy of resident Joe Swaney. Volunteer Malonie Howe of Five Starr Photography has provided many of the other photos on this website and is officially our Loch Erin website photographer. Please thank her by visiting and liking her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fivestarrphotography/