Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about work going on around the community that should have a permit from the Association but does not. Whether it be a new roof, driveway or a deck or patio, the Association has a permitting process. For many of these projects or activities a permit is required to collect the “road impact fees” associated with the wear and tear that they cause (such as a dumpster). Permits allow us to maintain setback requirements set forth in the “Deed of Restrictions.” The Association also has an obligation to maintain the integrity of the “parkway” and “pathways” so that they can be used by the entire membership. Unfortunately, in the past we have had member access blocked by structures or landscaping. At present, the Association defends these areas from obstructions which can cost the member considerable time and money when they are forced to remove it. Even something seemingly as harmless as planting a tree on the parkway will require permission. There is an old saying that goes “it is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.” Forgiveness in these cases comes with a cost. We do not levy monetary fines, but we will issue points that will result in loss of Lake privileges, which most of us cherish more so than the funds lost due to a fine. Before you start any project, please call the office to see if there is anything that we require in the way of permits.
Next week we will be striping the entire Lake road. Depending on the weather it will probably happen Wednesday the 15th and Thursday the 16th. This is the year that we will paint all three stripes (yellow center stripe and both white edge stripes.) In order to accomplish this, we will need to keep the roadside clear of vehicles. We will be keeping everyone updated on the Association Facebook page.
The Association is hiring both seasonal and regular workers for the Operations Crew. Please contact Greg Rudder or Harold Mitts for details.
Finally, we had another great 4th of July on the Lake. The fireworks were spectacular as always and a big “Thank You!” to all that helped to make it possible. Water Patrol, Lotawana Fire and Lotawana Police all went above and beyond the call of duty to assure that everyone had a great time. Of course, the show depends on the generous donations from our members. We do appreciate it and it’s never too late to contribute.
Submitted by: Jan T. Olson – Co-Executive Director