With the boating and building seasons in full swing, it seems like an opportune time to mention that the Association has a couple of important sets of ruling documents. One is the “Deed of Restrictions” that was attached to the properties when the subdivision was platted in 1927. It is renewed by a vote of the membership every 20 years. Last renewed in 2007, the next renewal occurs in 2027. These “covenants” are the basis for the relationship between the members and the Development Company (originally) and the Association by virtue of the “Court Order of 1988.” It spells out the privileges and responsibilities of property owners in the subdivision. The “Bylaws” are the rules of the corporation and can be changed by a vote of the members at any full membership meeting. And the “Rules and Regulations” are intended to promote the safety and enjoyment of the Lake itself and the “common areas.” These rules are developed by the Rules and Regulations Committee and voted on by the Board of Directors at any of their monthly meetings. Any additions or changes are posted in the newspaper for two
“readings” before they become official so that the members (who read the paper) can comment to their District Directors before they are finalized. It is important to point out that the “staff” although charged with enforcement of the above documents, are not given the authority to create, ignore or modify any of them. Dock inspections for 2017 are progressing nicely and we should have a report from the inspectors soon. Many of you are being proactive in getting your docks up to the new standards and for that we are grateful. We have stickers in the office to place on the disconnect boxes so that first responders can quickly find how to shut off the power to your dock in an emergency. They should be placed on the lakeside of your shutoff boxes or wherever they can be most visible from the shoreline. A member recently brought to my attention an article on the internet regarding two women who lost their lives the week before Easter to Electric Shock Drowning at Lake Tuscaloosa in Alabama. Incidents like these really have a way of confirming that we are heading in the right direction to ensure the safety of our members and their guests.
Here is another link for information about ESD and how to prevent it:
I also encourage our members to check out some of the warning devices that are available. Some examples that I have seen are fittingly called “Shock Alert,” “Shock Alarm” and “Dock Lifeguard.” If you spend a lot of time swimming, they could be great insurance policies that could safe lives.
Submitted by: Jan T. Olson – Executive Director
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