LEPOA FALL BASS FISHING CLASSIC!
Open to all Loch Erin Residents. Sunday November 5th.
Blast off at 8:am from Leprechan Park (Loch Erin Boat Launch)
Weigh in at 2:PM SHARP! Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.
Click here for details.
►Loch Erin celebrates Halloween the same day Onsted does. The date this year is Tues. Oct. 31st, 6-7:30pm with a parade downtown Onsted at 7:30.
A Minute with President Mike Eberly ......
A few seasonal points to remember:
►Members who have leased dock space need to have their watercraft and dock poles removed by October 15th. There will be a charge to any member who does not remove their poles by this date. The Drain Commission will begin the lake draw down soon after this date.
►LEPOA prohibits PWCs, trailers, dock poles, boats, boat lifts or personal property storage of any kind in any of our parks or common areas.
► Huntiing is NOT permitted on any Associaton Park or Island. Anyone hunting must be 450 feet from any residence and abide by the Michigan Hunting Laws. Fishing and hunting License required.
►Members who invite guests to hunt, fish, ice fish, or enjoy the use of our private lake or community facilities MUST ACCOMPANY THEIR GUESTS AT ALL TIMES.
►Current copies of your registrations are required to be submitted EVERY YEAR with your Association Dues Payment. This is necessary to keep our records current. No watercraft or vehicle stickers will be issued without this information. Aslo, in an effort to insure the timely distribution of 2018 Watercraft and Vehicle Stickers, please insure that your Annual dues are paid BY MAY 1ST, 2018.
► Winter activities on Loch Erin are always at your own risk. Please observe the weather and ice conditions and use caution at all times.
Additionally, some concern continues regarding tresspassers and poachers in our parks and on our lake. These are issues that involve all Loch Erin residents. If you are a resident that uses our parks during the winter make sure your 2017 vehicle sticker is displayed in a corner of the driver side windshield. Stickers are for residents only. Stickers that do not match the vehicle or do not have a registration on file may be fined or towed by Cambridge Township.
Poachers should be reported to the DNR. The telephone number is 1-800-292-7800. If you can't immediately call the DNR to report illegal fishing, taking a picture of either the MC# or a Vehicle plate# would greatly help the officers reduce the instance of this activity in our community. If you must leave a message when calling, please include any MC or Vehicle# information if available.
IMPORTANT ALGAE INFORMATION ...... UPDATE
At the October 9th, board meeting, The LEPOA Board approved a motion supporting the recommendation that all residents stop fertilizing their lawns with the harmful chemicals that are heavily contributing to the Algae we experienced this past season. From all accounts, the choice comes down to having nice green lawns or watch our property values go down as the lake continues to be polluted by the desire to have pretty grass. We hope that all residents will participate in the decision. The board will also be working closer with our local representatives from the DEQ and focusing more on identifying and preventing inlet area pollution.
If you haven't already noticed, the new Pickleball/Basketball Courts have recently been completed and by all accounts this new (and refurbished) community facility is being enjoyed by all! MANY THANKS to Bob Jacobs and his volunteer crew for the months of hard work in bringing this new opportunity to our young and to our 'not so young' residents! If you are interested in playing pickleball the season is still going strong, or you can also sign up for next Spring. Just call, Patrick Coulter at (734) 812-7758 or Joe Richard at (517) 230-2733 for more information.
From the Desk of Board Secretary Jodi Lewandowski .....
As you begin to take your watercraft out this season please remember to take a picture copy of all watercraft registrations that do not expire before May 1, 2018. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT VALID WATERCRAFT REGISTRATIONS WITH THEIR ANNUAL DUES PAYMENT IN MAY. No watercraft stickers will be issued without a valid watercraft registration copy nor will they be issued before 2018. If your registrations expire mid-season, you will be allowed to launch in May but are still required to update your registration with our office when it renews.
2018 Dock Lease Agreement Packages are ready. Click here to download a copy and please review the 2018 Check List as it contains new information for next season. FOR PERSONS LEASING LEPOA DOCK SPACE in 2018 - the rules are a little different. You will be required to submit valid registrations for your watercraft AND your vehicles. These copies along with your LEPOA dues must accompany your completed lease agreement and dock lease fee (and be postmarked after Jan 1st) or your dock space request will not be considered. If you have any outstanding sub-association dues or special assessments, (Gilgal Pointe or Irish Mist) those must also be paid before your request can be processed. LEPOA does not collect these dues. Sub-association dues should be paid directly to your respective association treasurer by December 21, 2017 to avoid any delays in processing your dock lease request.
The 2018 watercraft and vehicle sticker distribution program is also currently being updated. The watercraft and vehicle sticker program helps keep our Members Only lake, parks and facilities private. In 2018 if you are parking in any LEPOA park your vehicle is required to be stickered. Your cooperation is needed to make this program work optimally. Watercraft or vehicles using our lake, parks or facilities without a sticker next year may be fined or towed by Lenawee County or Cambridge Township police. It is therefore important that we work together to insure everyone receives their stickers in a timely fashion next season and displays them on all watercraft and vehicles. More news about this program and the 2018 sticker distribution process will follow in the months ahead.
In an effort to improve the quality and the safety of our private lake community, all property owners are encouraged to participate in reporting any violations on our lake or in our community to the appropriate authorities listed below. Recording vehicle plate or watercraft MC numbers is of great assistance when reporting any violation.
Watercraft or Water use violations - Lenawee County Sheriff 517-263-0524
Unleashed dogs, Parking, Park or facility use Violations - Cambridge Township 517-467-4737
Illegal Fishing, hunting or poaching - DNR 1-800-292-7800 Or DEQ - Andy Monnich 517-610-1370 or 517-648-5847
Vice-President and Parks Committee Chairman Tom Kanable
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 in a constant state of gearing up, pushing through or winding down. It's a fun time for your Parks Committee as we get to see and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
As we prepare for the end of our 2017 Summer Season, I'd like to remind everyone that LEPOA docks will be pulled out of the water by October 15th. Poles and lifts must be out before then. If they are not and need to be removed by the contractor the cost will be charged back to you. Around the same time, you will see the port-a-potties being removed from all parks with the exception of Cladaugh. As always, if you have a suggestion or idea about a park or facility in our community feel free to let me know about it.
FISH & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TERRY MICHAELS.....The reason we stock fish is to give our members the opportunity to take part in a sport that they enjoy and have the opportunity to catch a fish they can tell their friends about and the choice to mount it or have it for a meal. The species of fish that we choose to stock is two fold; a sport fish like a Bass or Walleye and one that will likely be able to reproduce. The type of fish we stock is also decided by what species will will be compatible to our lake depth, temperature and food supply. All stocking selections comply with the strict guidelines and approval of the DNR.
I have been asked many times if there is a method to reduce the Carp population in our lake. About 15 years ago I asked myself the same question. We had a DNR agent come and spend a whole afternoon on our lake. The answer was disappointing but it was not really a great surprise. He felt the Carp population in our lake was so large that it could be thousands and thousands of pounds. For that reason alone, it would stop more from entering our lake or those that are already here to repopulate. There are ways to catch them and many sportsman use a bow and arrow to fish for them. In terms of reducing the population however, that is unfortunately an exercise in futility.
Every 5 years we do a fish survey to see how our fish population is doing. It tells us if they are healthy and maturing in a timely manner and reproducing. The fishing on our lake is and has been very good for many years. We have been told by many active fisherman that they consider our lake as the best in the area. We do stock the lake yearly and our primary stock fish is walleye. We also stock large and smallmouth bass. I have witnessed small and largemouth caught weighing approx 6 1/2 pounds . The Walleye catch has exceeded 29 inches. We periodically also stock our lake with shinner minnows for feed and to increase the size our stock fish. We have never had any restrictions as far as stocking and remaiin vigilant with regards to introducing new species due to lacking of feed so we can minimize stunt problems. All stocking is closely watched and approved by the DNR.
WATER QUALITY COMMITTEE CHAIMAN CHRISTIAN MALCOLM.... Christian's education and experience made him the perfect choice to take over the Water Quality Committee when the 2016 board structure shifted. The unusual weed and algae season last year 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. Christian explains a little bit about how that is accomplished below....
Our lake ecosystem is a complex system made up of substrate (clay bottom), lake layers (warm, mid and cold), and living things (vegetation and fish included). Maintaining the lake for our enjoyment and the fishes health is my primary concern. Weed/Algae treatments are done to try and minimize weed growth but not killing everything and throwing off the lake system. Fertilizers are one of the factors that increase weed growth in the lake. Residents need to research what they need to avoid when treating lawns. Nitrogen and Phosphorus runoff cause excess algal blooms, keep this in mind.
Algae is natural and necessary in any lake ecosystem to a point. Microinvertebrates (microscopic organisms that feed our small fish) eat algae to survive. Blue-green algae however is dangerous and needs to be reported if it becomes widespread (Florida lakes Summer 2016 are a good example). A basic google search can confirm what this looks like. Small amounts along the shoreline can be stirred up using wave action and will dissipate with wind or disturbance. Please try this before contacting the board.
Lily pads are protected by the state and can only be treated if in front of ones boat path or beach area. Please keep this in mind when contacting the board. Residents can pull them in their own areas as they see fit. Any shoreline improvements should be done with proper DEQ permits. Rock seawalls are the preferred method.
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 email@example.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.
BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOE RICHARDS....
As Chairman of the By-laws Review Committee, it’s been my responsibility to review and update our General Bylaws document. Often in governing documents of any organization such as ours, original documents are drafted, adopted and then forgotten even as the organization (or community) grows and changes. This often results in outdated or conflicting language that can create various levels of confusion for new property owners that do not have the benefit of past practice or history.
I'm happy to announce that all changes submitted for a vote at our annual meeing May 21st, passed by a 95% margin and will now become a permanent update to our General Bylaws document. These changes will strengthen our ability to maintain the intent of the original writers and have updated portions of the document language that was either outdated or in conflict with our neighborhood rules and restrictions documents. Our thanks to all property owners who supported these changes.
LEPOA TREASURER LEE PRETTYMEN....
As a Loch Erin property owner, your annual membership dues support many things. Some things you can readily see as you drive through our community or use its Member Only facilities and services. Most things however go on behind the scenes every day, all year long as issues are handled and plans and policies are developed and overseen by your Seven Member Elected Board of Directors (who volunteer their time on your behalf). Their jobs don’t start and end between 7-10:pm the 2nd Monday of the month.
Here are some of the things your annual dues support:
• Private use of Loch Erin Lake for you and your guests
• Members Only Boat Launch Facility
• 11 - Member Only Parks maintenance and upgrades
• Lake, Water Quality and Weed Control and Maintenance
• Annual Goose Round Up and Egg Destruction (Which reduces the cost of weed control)
• Annual Fish Stocking Program
• Member Launch and Park Facility Lake Attendants
• Auto and Watercraft Member Sticker
• Subsidize dock maintenance and replacement, which allows for economical dock lease rates for back lot
• Public Shoreline and Island Maintenance
• Entrance and Boulevard Maintenance
• Private Community Fireworks Display
• Office and Support Services
• Interactive Private Website
• Basketball and Pickleball Court
• Galway Park Beach Maintenance
• Signage and parking lot maintenance (and upgrades) as necessary
• New projects or upgrades as may be needed or proposed.
• Seasonal Porta-potties in Parks, including one handicapped and one year round.
• Water Ski Course Facility
• No Wake Signs and Bouy Maintenance
• Building code, restrictions, plan review, approval and assistance
• Annual budget planning, filings and oversight
• Routine Bylaw and Policy review and revisions as may be required or desired.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Kanable - Parks, Entryway - email@example.com
Terry Michaels - Fish and Wildlife - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Richard - Bylaws Review -email@example.com
Christian Malcolm - Water Quality - firstname.lastname@example.org
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