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ANNOUNCEMENTS

►REMINDER Hunting Information - The 40 acre woods, owned by Loch Erin Property Owners Association is a NO HUNTING ZONE. It is surrounded by private property. All Loch Erin islands, parks and common areas are also NO HUNTING ZONES. Members in good standing can only hunt on private property if given permission by the property owner and if
►they have a MI hunting license
►follow the MI hunting laws and rules
►follow LEPOA hunting bylaws and rules
►and maintain a distance of 450 FT from any residence at all times. 
Members may also hunt from a boat on the lake again
►observing the 450 FT distance from any residence all times.
►staying off any LEPOA or other private property that you do not own or have owner permission to hunt on.  (Currently LEPOA does not give permissions to any person to hunt anywhere on our private lake or common areas). 
►Members who invite guests to hunt must accompany their guests at all times.  
►Hunters not accompanied by a LEPOA Member are called POACHERS and should be reported to the DNR directly.
If you feel a hunter is putting you or your property in any danger CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. 

Members who report Poachers are asked to advise the Parks Committee Chair or Co-Chairman as a follow up to their DNR report. Members who can provide pictures, video or identifying info when making a report to the DNR is extremely helpful. It is important to know that Board Members can not report what they don't see.  They can only assist and support our members concerns regarding poachers by following up on the situations that are reported to the enforcement agency involved.

REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS... LEPOA Board nominations for the 2020-2021 Board will be accepted beginning January 2nd, 2020 with a deadline date of Feburary 14th 2020.  Persons wishing to HAVE THEIR CANDIDACY NAME PUBLISHED ON THE BALLOT  AND A BRIEF (2 PARAGRAPH RESUME) INCLUDED IN THE SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER THAT GETS MAILED AND EMAILED TO ALL MEMBERS THE FIRST OF MARCH 2020  will need to meet the February 14th deadline.  "WRITE IN CANDIDATES"  however are always accepted up to the date of the Annual Meeting in May although no additional opportunity to provide their resume or speak to their qualifications/ambitions as a board member is provided after the February 14th deadline.  Additionally, per our bylaws, you may run for a board of Directors position, but not a specific office of the Board of Directors.  Officer positions are determined by the newly elected BOD's each May at an executive session following the Annual Meeting elections.  Please review the appropriate sections of our LEPOA General Bylaws for more detailed information.  This year, (as in every year) your current board needs and encourages new BOD nominees and committee volunteers to particpate and assist in the leadership and established committee's of our community.  A prioritized list of Commitees that need additional volunteers will be provided in the coming weeks.  Please consider volunteering some time where your interests or qualifications may help improve our community.

LEPOA President Tom Kanable ......
 

Hello Neighbors!

As 2019 comes to a close I have been reflecting a bit on what things seem to have impacted our Community the most this past year.  Not surprisingly, we might all agree that this was a year of CHANGE, CHALLENGE and COOPERATION and while some of that could be viewed negatively, in the end I think that for Loch Erin, the positives far outweighed the negatives. 

CHANGE was inevitable and probably long overdue.  From a handful of homes, 30 years of spotty, delayed and at times dysfunctional development and developers… to the beautiful community we now live in is quite an accomplishment.  How can we not be grateful every day for the hard work, dedication and persistence of those who came before this current board and some who even today continue to participate in projects, activities or programs that provided the path for all of us along the way? When you think of the hardships they faced, the battles fought and won… it’s simply amazing that it was accomplished with far less people and resources than those available to us today. Which makes the CHALLENGES we’ve faced recently perhaps pale a bit in comparison.   Our water quality and lake management issues, dues and adequate future funding questions will continue to be factors in the years ahead and as our membership grows.  Infrastructure repairs, quality of life improvements and opportunities for our members, capital expense priorities also will continue to be future issues made especially challenging for our small private lake community that have only their members to rely on to participate and fund it.  Which brings me to COOPERATION.  It was the only way the Board was able to move forward this past year and continue to lead Loch Erin into the future, addressing both the changes and challenges necessary to protect the value of our homes and the beauty of our community.

The Board appreciates your support and thanks everyone who came out last May to help us through the difficult decisions. We especially thank all that continue to step up and volunteer where and when it’s necessary.  We will be asking more of all of you in the future.  Please consider participating in some of the upcoming committee organizing and staffing needs.  Our “handful of homes” has grown to near capacity. Don’t wait, beat the rush! A wish list will be provided at the first of the year. But it’s never too early to consider or propose where you can Volunteer to help!

To the Board of Directors who have personally helped me through the struggle of being your President, I am sincerely and whole heartedly grateful for all that you did and continue to do.  Christian and Phil have approached our water quality and lake management issues eagerly, unselfishly devoting hours of their own time to attend, organize,  and involve others where necessary to insure that Loch Erin is at the forefront of the learning curve and that our State and Local Representatives are not just aware and working with us toward options and solutions but also more committed than ever to the long term process of correcting the multi-faceted issues involved.  Joe and Rod have kept our Parks and common areas maintained, while also addressing seasonal island and dock maintenance, replacement and other issues and are always among those willing to raise their hands to cover township & county meetings wherever and whenever the need arises.  Bob has had a very full plate these past few years as the building committee chairman and with the help of members Don Deneweth and Patrick Coulter, was able to keep up with and provide a more timely and efficient approval process for both new builds and property, home and  shoreline improvement permits.  Lee (who is probably now the longest board member) continues to keep our books, bank accounts and spear headed our recent (and much needed) Audit review process.  While I realize most of you don’t even understand the time that is devoted by these people to their respective tasks, please take my word for it.  It is a never-ending, always tedious, and a quite serious commitment of both their personal time and energy.

Moving through the Compliance Process has also been a challenge for our new Chairman this year. At its inception in 2017, the then Board realized it would need to be both flexible and ever-changing if it were to be successful for all.  Member Eric Cullum was retired only a few short weeks, before he jumped into the job as Chairman of this Committee and eagerly began adjusting it to meet the goals of the original committee and the needs of our community at large.  Eric is no stranger to either compliance or enforcement.  But his gentle approach to educating members first, working neighbor to neighbor when possible and taking the first steps of this process out of the hands of board members has had a positive impact for everyone.  The Board has more time to devote to their own tasks,  and our members have a central person and place to get any issues resolved in a timely, fair and consistent manner.

Perhaps less thought of, but also most appreciated in my experience, is  the sub-association board groups that act as a buffer for the LEPOA board, addressing and resolving the smaller issues before they become larger ones.  The Boards of Gilgal, Irish Mist and Stonehedge are not often recognized for their dedication and commitment to our community, but their contribution is invaluable to the community at large and I thank you for your assistance in addressing and most often resolving issues before they become problems.  The Compliance process implemented by Gilgal Point years ago, was the model from which the LEPOA process was born.  Members from that association (and the others) served on the committee of the whole, bringing their experience forward to help the entire community.  If you don’t know who these people are… you should.  They are your neighbors and they care that your life at Loch Erin, the value of your homes and property, and the protection of our parks, common areas and lake are respected and protected.

And finally, as the current Board Secretary of (approx. 10 years), Jodi Lewandowski and her family have devoted countless hours to our Board and our Members.  Jodi has been the “go to” person, the “shoulder to cry on” and the “switchboard of assistance” between our members and the board.  We are grateful for her service to Loch Erin and wish her well in what she calls her “next season of life” as she prepares to move out of her Loch Erin responsibilities in the next few months and enjoy more of life on the lake. Thanks Jodi!  We will all miss you as the Board Secretary and wish you well and much Luck pursuing your future goals. 

To all Loch Erin Members in this season of Thanks, remember the Board (past and present), our volunteers and your neighbors.  Be grateful, forgiving and joyful.  Wishing all of you the happiest of Holidays!  Tom
                                                                                             

                                                                                               

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 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, pictures or video to the form however this form MUST accompany your request to Eric 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 compliance until you do.                                                                    
      

From the desk of Jodi Lewandowski.....              


Our LEPOA Dock Lease Program -  If you are interested in securing dock space at one of our Association Parks please email me at locherinproperty@gmail.com. The Dock Lease Process begins in January each year.  Please refer to the Dock Lease Agreement link to the left for addtional information if you are considering leasing a space in 2020. The 2020 Agreement will available to download the first of December.

LEPOA Annual Dues are $175.00 Per Lot Owned beginning in 2020Our 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 also be placed upon 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 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. 

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 anymember 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 Jodi at locherproperty@gmail.com.  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.

►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 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.


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.