4/26/23 – Association News

I am going to be somewhat selfish for a moment and focus on my loving and wonderful mom of 95 plus years who passed away recently. Along with my two sisters, our children and grandchildren, we had the privilege, honor and Blessing to have her love, Italian grit and words of wisdom while she was with us here on this earth. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the prayers and thoughts expressed by so many members, employees and others over the past two weeks. Mom, you are in a better place in Heaven. Thank you for everything you did for so many people during your life! We love you forever and will leave it with her favorite saying – Let’s do it!

I am sure some of you may be getting tired of reading about the trailer lot clean-up effort. However, once the process moves forward the Association simply does not want members to be surprised when unclaimed personal property is disposed of by the Association. Please make sure that anything you have in the trailer lot is stickered with a 2023 Association sticker.

The safety patrol manager position search is going well. The Association should have that person in place no later than next week. We are also confident that part-time safety personnel will also be in place to help safeguard the lake this year. Please be patient and courteous while on the water this year as we transition from our longtime patrol manager.

Please be aware that the proper operation of the marina fueling dispenser is driven by the OPEN sign being ON in the window of the adjacent block building. If that open sign is not lit do not swipe or attempt to use your credit card in the fuel dispenser. There is a glitch in the way the system is powered. The manager of the fueling system is trying to fix the situation but for now we need to live with the system as is.

You are also reminded about the safety of the fueling, starting and operation of your boat as far as potential explosions is concerned. Please follow all manufacturer’s guidelines and safety practices to avoid fires, explosions and other harmful situations. Yes, it can happen on this lake because it has in recent years.

The Association office also wanted to remind you that if you do any outside work on your real property or on the parkway (permits are always required) an ASSOCIATION PERMIT may be required. The lake inspector has seen a large uptick in construction projects that are started without proper permitting. Please call the office before you begin work to clarify if your project is in need of an Association permit. You are also reminded that a City permit may be required so please also contact the City.

On a related matter, beginning May 1, permit extensions will not necessarily be given. The reasoning behind this new practice is due to the continued shrinking of available shoreline, if a project remains permitted but not started, that may affect new neighboring construction projects. So, if you obtain a permit make sure that the construction process is timely begun and completed.

The ditch cleanout process will continue throughout the rest of the year. We know that this effort may change the contours of the existing ditch. However, the purpose of the ditch is to shed water properly, not add to the ease of maintenance or how it looks. Thank you very much for your understanding and support.

Another issue that office staff are experiencing is the correct ownership of boats on the lake or parkway, as well as docks changing ownership. If you purchase another member’s boat, kayak or other permitted personal property you must register it with the Association office. This ensures that we have recorded the proper insurance information, proof of ownership and other requirements.

DID YOU KNOW: The definition of Family or Single Family is “any member of the immediate family of the responsible property Owner and their spouse to only include their: grandparent(s), parent(s), spouse(s), son and daughter in law(s), child(ren) and grandchild(ren). This definition is important as it is applied to rules throughout the Association Rules book.

Please call 816.578.4272 if we can help you or answer your question(s). I can also be reached at 913.305.7181 or email me at haroldmitts@lakelotawana.net. Be safe! Harold