► THERE IS NO LEPOA Board meeting in December. Happy Holidays to all!
► REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS... The board is moving forward with the new Towing Proceedure. If your vehicle is parked in a Loch Erin park without a LEPOA vehicle sticker your vehicle will be towed at the owners expense. Members without valid 2020 vehicle stickers should contact Jordin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
► NOTICE OF LEINS FILED: MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT YET PAID THEIR ANNUAL LEPOA OR SUB-ASSOCIATION DUES - If your name is on THIS LIST a lien for the amount owed plus any additional/accumulated fines and administrative fees has been placed against your property.
President’s Message – Fall 2020
Cooler temperatures and the foliage hinting at changing colors are signs that the summer season has come to an end. Overall, I think we had a great summer on the lake! We had minimal algae blooms (which is hopefully a step in the right direction), the turnout for our Fourth of July festivities was impressive, and no major incidents to report. I think I speak for most when I say how lucky we are, especially in a year like this, to have the lake in our back (or front) yard.
We’ve circulated an email notification and posted an announcement on the website, but in case you haven’t heard, we’re moving forward with a policy to tow vehicles within our parks that aren’t marked with a Loch Erin sticker. We’ve received several complaints throughout the past few months especially, regarding nonresidents parking at and/or using our facilities. This has been something we’ve struggled with for some time, no matter the season. Our parks and facilities are considered private property; accessing the lake through our parks, parking a vehicle at or using the facilities are all considered trespassing for nonresidents. Signs will be posted at all parks as fair warning on this policy. Please, please be sure that you have a Loch Erin sticker affixed to all vehicles in your household that may use our parks. If you’re in need of vehicle stickers, please email Jordin (email@example.com).
Our last two board meetings were held at Leprechaun Park due to social distancing guidelines; I was impressed with the attendance. I encourage everyone to attend meetings and become involved in our community. We have a great board who puts in countless hours to keep our neighborhoods and lake great, but we can always use (and welcome) outside help. Let us know if you’re interested in being more involved!
- LEPOA Fall Bass Fishing Classic will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Contact me if you’re interested in participating (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- All boats in slips at our parks must be out of the water by Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Have a great fall season!
From the Desk of Compliance Chairman Eric Cullum: If you need assistance from the board with a complaint, issue, concern or suspected violation of our bylaws, neighborhood rules or building restrictions, please download & fully complete the Property Owners Request for Assistance form and mail or email to me at email@example.com. You may attach any additional information, pictures or video to the form or email however this form MUST accompany your request in order to initiate the investigation process. Incomplete, Anonymous or Missing forms will not be addressed. You are encouraged to address your issue with your neighbor before submitting the form. If this is not possible, and you check NO on the RFA form, please be aware that at the discretion of the Compliance Officer your request may not be addressed by the board until you do.
2020/2021 LEPOA Board Members/Committees:
Christian Malcolm, President - Fish and Wildlife
Rod Kurowski, Vice President -Parks
Lee Prettymen, Treasurer
Phil Kittredge, Trustee- Water Quality
Eric Cullum, Trustee- Compliance
Joe Richard, Trustee- Parks
Not yet a member of our private website?: Please email our webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an invitation to join. Any LEPOA member in good standing may join. A private link to join will be included in the invitation. Just complete the short profile and email verification process.
Open Play Pickleball Play Times - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 8:30 AM. Girls League on Tuesday mornings. Anyone interested in playing at other times can contact Patrick Coulter at 734 812-7758 email@example.com.
From the desk of Board Secretary Jordin Stark.....
Annual Dues are $175.00 Per Lot Owned.. Our dues are accepted each year beginning in January and up to the due date of May 1st to be considered on time. Members not meeting the May 1st deadline by June 1st are over 30 days past due no longer a member in good standing. Per the Association By-laws and Policies, Members not in good standing for 30-90 days are not eligible to participate in any association benefits (including parks, lake, launch, dock lease and website privledges) until their dues are paid in full. After 90 days, a lien will be placed on your property and the associated costs will be added to your overdue balance. Please be aware of these policies. Paying your dues on time saves unnecessary administrative time and money that gets charged to all members. Your cooperation in keeping those costs as low as possible are greatly appreciated.
Annual Stickers: Annual watercraft Stickers are required by all members using the lake. Vehicle stickers are required by all members using our parks. To receive either sticker you must pay all dues and provide a valid watercraft and/or vehicle registration copy every 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. Vehicle stickers are not issued or valid on any ORV including golf carts which are illegal on all LEPOA roads or in our Parks.
Annual Fireworks Show: Loch Erin offers 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. In 2018, the board 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 to me at anytime before May 1st for the current years show. To keep our records accurate, when donating please indicate the 2020 Fireworks Event and the exact dollar amount of your donation.
LOCH ERIN IS A PRIVATE LAKE. KEEPING IT PRIVATE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL MEMBERS. BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ABUSES OF OUR LAKE AND COMMON AREAS DURING THE SUMMER SEASON. PLEASE BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY STAY PRIVATE AND SAFE. BE AWARE AND INSURE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS ARE AWARE AND OBSERVE THE INFORMATION BELOW;
►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 works closely with these agencies to address the issues associated with any violation or abuse of our lake rules. Pictures or video are often helpful in identifying and prosecuting violations.
►Traffic around the lake is counter-clockwise and the 100 ft. NO WAKE rule is observed around the entire shoreline regardless of whether it is posted or not. The State of Michigan defines NO WAKE as the slowest speed possible as to not create a wake within a 100'ft of any shoreline (including the islands), dock or swimming area, other watercraft, or persons fishing, swimming, skiing, kayaking or engaged in any other lawful activity on the lake. The County Sheriff, DNR Officer or Cambridge Township officers can cite persons violating these very important safety rules. Please contact them directly (with pictures or video) if you witness such activity on our lake.
►Members with Guests enjoying the use of our lake, community facilities or common areas MUST accompany guests at all times. There are no exceptions to this rule. Day passes for guest watercraft can be purchased in advance by contacting Jordin at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Michigan Boating Law this year prohibits all watercraft from entering any Michigan Lakes, Streams or waterwways without taking steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Anyone fishing with live or cut bait or practicing catch-and-release fishing must also take precautions to limit the movement of invasive species and fish diseases. To view the new law in detail please click here.
►Speed Limits: Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all roads 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 Township Police at 517-467-4737. Recording the MC or License plate # is helpful when making your report.
►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. If you are operating an ORV in our community or parking in any of our parks or common areas you are breaking the law and in violation of our Park Rules and Regulations which may result in the loss of your privleges as a member in good standing.
►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 facility or lake use violations to the Cambridge Twsp. Police Dept 517-467-4737. Phone pictures or video of violators are helpful when reporting such issues.
►Hunting is never permitted on the 40 acres or any Association Park or Island.
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.