President’s Comments Sept 2017 Board Meeting
A goal of this Board has been to improve dues and assessment collections. An action item of the Collections Policy developed by our Attorney is to assign a Board Member for our Attorney to work with. John Martin, our Treasurer, has been assigned.
The Board is reviewing a new Employee Handbook. It is anticipated that by the next Board Meeting the Association will have a new Employee Handbook.
Water Quality. As you probably noticed, there were warning signs about a high level of algae toxins with the State’s recommendation that there be no contact with the water. This was based on the sampling that we agreed to earlier in the year. The Association will report the data, however, the Association will not make a recommendation. The Association is providing as much information as possible so that each Member can make their own decision. Additional sampling has been proposed by Lake Management and it has been agreed to by the Board to see if we can predict a situation like this again.
The meeting with our County Auditor, Roger Corlett, will be October 21, 2017, 10:00am at the Clubhouse. Mr. Corlett will compare tax rates around the Association and Village, and address the Road Tax. This is not a meeting to discuss your personal property tax. Mr. Corlett invites you to set up a private appointment should you desire to discuss you own property tax.
Subcommittees for both the Association and the Village are meeting to work out the differences between the Village and the Association. The immediate goal for this group is to negotiate maintenance of the roads which includes snowplowing, lawn mowing, culvert installation and all the associated activities. The second goal is to re-negotiate the Dam Contract. The first meeting was Thursday, July 13, 2017, the second meeting August 16, 2017, and the next meeting is scheduled for September 27, 2017. Thus far, the Association has become a registered contractor to the Village and the Association has provided individual prices for snow plowing, grass cutting and culvert maintenance.
In the September 2017 Roaming Shores Newspaper, it is reported that the “Board agrees to not buy back unwanted property lots.” Just to be clear, this was not a recent decision. The Association, at the direction of the Board, has not taken back lots in over 10 years; several Boards over the years have taken this same policy. Financially, the Association cannot afford to take back property that an owner no longer wants. The Association, and you are the Association, cannot afford to be responsible for the taxes and utility fees.
Lastly, the Association Operations Manager and Staff have done a fine job of maintaining and improving the facilities. The Board hopes that you, the Members, enjoyed the Association amenities and that you continue to use the facilities remaining open after Labor Day, and that you continue to support the Club activities.