11/17/17 – Association News

We’re getting down to the wire on getting the docks compliant prior to the December 31st deadline.  As a reminder, according to the decision by the Board of Directors at the October meeting, all docks with electricity must be compliant before you can register your boats for the 2018 season.  Also, non-compliant docks will result in a 6 point citation to be issued in January to members whose docks have not passed inspection by the deadline.  As of this week, there are 762 docks that were initially inspected (docks with power.)  Only 448 were passed as compliant, leaving 314 docks still to pass.  The board recognizes and appreciates the progress, however after 2 ½ years since the standards were announced, it’s just not good enough.  Since the non-compliancy letters went out we have sent the inspectors to reinspect 223 docks.  These were docks that the members told us that were now compliant, or they had their power turned off for the original inspection.  Of those, 72 docks failed the re inspection.  Winter is coming.  As each day passes, the weather is getting worse and it will become more and more difficult to get work done and get inspectors on the water to wrap this project up.  Too many members are trying to put a band-aid on this by doing it themselves or having a buddy do the work for a case of beer.  My suggestion is to hire one of the electricians that have been doing this type of work out here (we can provide their contact information at the office) and get this done before it’s too late.  If you don’t want them to ultimately do the work, or there is confusion as to what the standards are, you may want to hire them make a service call just to explain what is needed to pass. If you’re concerned about leaving your power on for a period of time it is recommended that you make an appointment to meet with the inspector, however they will charge you for a service call.  We can’t keep sending the inspectors out to do free inspections (free to the individual, not free to the Association) only to have the docks fail time after time. After the deadline, the inspection fees will be the members responsibility.  The board is adamant about issuing points on January 1st and not allowing the registration of boats until your docks are compliant.  If you can live with the 6 points and have no intention of using the Lake until next summer, you’ve got plenty of time.  Otherwise the clock is ticking……

The Association Office will be closed Thanksgiving Day (11/23) and the following Friday (11/24) and Saturday (11/25.)  This year there is much to be thankful for.  The Board of Directors, Office Staff and Operations Crew would like to wish every one of our members a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Submitted by:  Jan T. Olson – Executive Director

If you need to reach me for anything, please email me at janolson@lakelotawana.net or call the office at 578-4272.

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