5/22/19 – Association News

We are currently crack-filling the road all around the Lake.  Crack-filling is an extremely important enterprise in the life of our roads.  The process involves squirting and squeegeeing hot tar into the existing cracks in order to keep moisture from flowing through the pavement causing erosion.  A few words of caution are in order.  Please do not drive over the areas that have recently been filled as the material will stick to your tires and could damage them.  More importantly, the safety of our crew is always a concern.  Some folks drive on our roads like they’re qualifying for the Daytona 500.  Whether you’re driving a vehicle, a golf cart or a bicycle, please drive carefully.

A few of our members have voiced concerns about our trash service.  Laura and I met with a representative of WCA, the company that we’re under contract with to pick up our trash and recyclables.  Any time one company takes over a service contract from another company there are bugs to be worked out.  I believe we’re making progress.  The biggest problem on our end is what is going into the recycle bins.  You’ll find a detailed description of dos and don’ts in the current issue of the Lake Lotawana News on page 3.  On their end, I believe that they now realize that our contract with them doesn’t limit the amount of solid waste bags that they’re to pick up.  We’ve got another year of service on a contract at a very reasonable rate.  Stay tuned as the year progresses as our next deal will surely be very different.

Trees on the parkway and pathways continue to be a topic of confusion.  In a nutshell, members are responsible for landscape maintenance on the parkway.  By rule, the planting, pruning or removal of trees on the parkway may not be done without a permit.  Violations of this rule result in a 9-point citation.  The rule also requires that the neighbors must consent to any “trimming” of trees on the parkway.  Dead trees on the parkway and pathways will be dropped by contract bid by the Association late in the fall.  If you feel you have a tree that will need to come down this fall, call Greg Rudder and ask him to put it on the list.  If you have dead trees on the parkway in front of your property, you may with permission, have them removed at your expense if you don’t want to wait until fall.  Plantings of any kind which obstruct pedestrian access on the parkway or pathways will not be allowed.

Finally, it’s not too early to be thinking about the Fourth of July Fireworks Show.  We have been sending out the letters requesting donations soon.  The cost of the show is not taken from the operating budget, so we rely on the kind generosity of our members to put it on.  The more we collect, the more spectacular the show.  If you’ve already donated, thank you.  If you haven’t, there is still plenty of time to do so.

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.