The is gate is complete. The secretary will be available at the Launch pavilion on Saturday July 24th between 1-3pm to pick up your gate cards. Anyone that does not pick up their card will have it mailed out next week. Please do NOT email the secretary asking for yours just to be mailed out because you cannot make it. If its not picked up it will be mailed out. Thank you all for your patience.
2021 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY ON THE LAKE! Labor Day Activities on the lake are currently being planned for Sunday, September 4th. The afternoon will begin with a Dedication Ceremony at the launch facility erecting signage honoring Mike Eberly for his many years of service to our community. Fun for the Kiddos at Galway Park will follow and we will end the day with Music Under the Stars on the west end of the lake. The event committee has developed a budget to cover some of the expenses of this day and will be accepting donations from now through August 23rd. Members wishing to contribute can please contact Committee Member Sara Leblanc at 517-902-7083 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to join the Event Committee for this or future events please email your interest to Kathy Kanable at email@example.com
► NEXT LEPOA BOARD MEETING Monday, August 9th, 7:pm at the Cambridge Township Offices, the corner of M-50 and Onsted Hwy. All members are encouraged to attend.
► CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!! Your help is needed for the following projects;
LABOR DAY EVENT - SEPTEMBER 4TH
Volunteers are needed at the Launch Facility, Galway Park and the Irish Mist Park on September 4th. Duties would include; preparing and serving the hot dogs, chips and water during the Dedication ceremony, supervising the kid and vendor activities at Galway Park and providing supervision and/or waterside runner service at Irish Mist Park from the food trucks to the shoreline. No volunteer would be asked to contributue more than 90 minutes of your time. Jobs and time slots will be updated as plans progress. All volunteer jobs would be complete in time to enjoy the "Music Under the Stars" event at the west end of the lake. Please call or email Kathy Kanable if you can help! firstname.lastname@example.org or 661-210-5034
SHORELINE INVASIVE PLANTINGS: The first plantings to aid the health of our lake are beginning soon. If you can volunteeer some time to help please contact Jan Hall at Jans.email@example.com
SKI COURSE IN/OUT VOLUNTEERS: Please contact Mike Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 517-467-5759 as soon as possible if you can help put in or take the ski course this season.
► UPDATED INFORMATION FOR ALL MEMBERS:
LATE LEPOA ANNUAL DUES: Annual dues are payable from January 1st through May 1st each year. If your name is on this list your dues are in arrears. Your website account was automatically suspended on June 1st and a Key Card will not be issued to you until your dues are paid in full.
2021 PARK AND FACILITY USE: A reminder that the board has contracted with American Towing in an effort to limit tresspassing in our parks and parking lots. If your vehicle is parked in a Loch Erin park without a LEPOA vehicle sticker your vehicle will be towed at the owners expense.
SHORELINE PLANTINGS HAVE BEGUN:
Our Siena college student, Hunter, has started his senior project with these shoreline plantings at Claddaugh Park. Our other student, Marco, will soon be planting a variety of cat tails in the Onsted Creek inlet adjacent to the Castlebar park! If you see the students checking on their plants, please ask them about their project!! Shoreline plantings are a beautiful addition to your home and property while also addressing the health of our lake and it's inhabitants.
These first plantings are a part of the new LEPOA shoreline planting project in our common areas and parks. We encourage all members to review the documents below showing the many different ways that shoreline plantings can be a beautiful addition to your home and property while also addressing the health of our lake and it's inhabitants. Questions about the plantings and planting committee should be addressed to board member Phil Kittredge (email@example.com) Additional information can be found on the Water Quality page and specifically under the Michigan Shoreline Stewards Program Guide and the Shoreline Living - Protect your shoreline, Keep Geese at bay and reduce Yard Maintenance link.
President’s Message – Spring 2021
Happy Spring! The weather appears to be turning and I would like to remind everyone of two topics that may come up in 2021.
With the impending ice melt, we anticipate a more normal annual spring fish kill. Last year an unusual quantity of dead fish surfaced, but were primarily Gizzard Shad, an undesirable fish not native to northern waters. They apparently survived 1 winter but did not survive the colder conditions of the 2019 – 2020 winter. With most of the gizzard shad gone, we should see a more typical number of dead fish, predominately Black Crappie that are known to struggle with temperature change. Lakefront owners will want to dispose of or bury the fish on their own. Waste Management has indicated they are not interested in a centralized dead fish pickup service for us.
Park Towing Program
It was announced multiple times last fall that nonresident vehicles would be removed from our private park access points and that signs would be posted providing contact information for the towing company. This announcement seemed to have the desired impact this winter and several nonresidents were successfully encouraged to leave our private parks with minimal incidents. The tow truck personnel made their presence known and allowed time for owners to arrive before hooking up. However, it was discovered that many residents had not requested stickers or had not properly installed them on their windshields.
Several noresident ice fishermen reported they had been told by residents it was permissible to park and fish. These parks were created primarily as access points for our non-lakefront residents. Please recall our by-laws require all non-residents to be always accompanied by an association member when enjoying our community. Also, only resident vehicles with a properly displayed current parking sticker are permissible in the parks. Another observed practice certainly not in the spirit of our community is to inform nonresidents they can “unload” in a park, and move their vehicle to a resident’s property, and enjoy the lake without a resident to accompany them. Non-compliance with these requirements makes it harder for the association to provide the quiet, private community we have come to expect. Enjoy the warmer weather!
Upcoming 2021 Events: For those members already in the planning stages for the 2021 Boating season, the following events and dates are confirmed:
ANNUAL GARAGE SALE will not be in June this year. Instead it has been rescheduled to Friday/Saturday. August 20th and 21st.
LABOR DAY FUN ON THE LAKE Save the date! Saturday September 4th and 5th. Details to follow
A few reminders:
► Remember that all lake rules apply, regardless of the season. Accessing the lake from our parks, and use of the parks and facilities, is reserved for Loch Erin residents. Guests or visitors who aren’t accompanied by a resident are trespassing, and if parked in one of our parks, will be towed. Please be safe (and respectful) when on the lake.
► PLEASE respect the 100 ft no wake zone along the entire shoreline and in the fingers of our lake whether posted or not. No Wake is defined by the State of Michigan as the slowest speed possible as to not create a wake. Remember, there are many little ones playing along lake front beaches or swimmiing off the shore in our parks and islands They are not strong enough to overcome the wake created by watercraft going too fast in these areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
From the desk of Board Secretary Jordin Stark.....
Annual Dues are $175.00 Per Lot Owned.. 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 and 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: Vehicle stickers are required by all members using our parks. To receive a sticker you must pay all dues and provide a valid vehicle registration copy every year. No stickers will be issued without a valid copy of your registration. Vehicles without a vailid sticker 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 2021 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 passanger side windshield (lower corner) 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.