7/5/23 – Association News

We trust most everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend at the lake. While at times the lake was very crowded, everyone appeared to be enjoying the refreshing water with family and friends. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our lake environment safe! On a related note, the E. coli test results have been very favorable in recent months, particularly the ones taken the week before the 4th of July weekend.

We try to keep you informed of matters and events that come to our attention during our normal work weeks. One of those upcoming events is the TOTAL ROAD CLOSURE AT APPROXIMATELY 17 W FROM JULY 24th to AUGUST 4th. This area contains a 4-culvert system, which is in need of replacement as parts of the roadway are partially collapsing in that area. In addition to the culvert replacement, we will also be installing a permanent dredge pipe for future dredging needs. This road closing is of particular importance to those that live on the east side of the lake between the dam and the 17 W area. This closure means that no trucks will be able to make deliveries for construction projects or other needs during this time since no trucks are allowed to cross the dam. We ask for your patience and cooperation regarding no truck traffic in this area. We also understand that traffic flow for those south of the construction area will be inconvenienced. The contractor will work as diligently as possible to complete the work in the most expeditious manner.

Another matter that has come up repeatedly in the past few weeks is the location and size of the Association parkway between first tier lots and the lake shore. We have covered this topic in past articles but the subject bears repeating. THERE IS NO TRUTH to the continued conversation that the parkway consists of a 20-foot strip of land between a member’s lot and the lake. In fact, the size of the parkway varies greatly. In some areas the parkway exceeds 70 feet, while in others it may be a sliver of land that is just a foot or two wide. The only way to know for sure is to locate the corner pins that hopefully are still intact from the original survey of the lots. Otherwise, many members have paid for their own updated survey, which is necessary when improvements are made to your lot and adjoining parkway. Another generalized way to determine the location of the parkway is to look at the Jackson County Parcel Viewer. This method cannot be relied upon for specific information but can give you somewhat of an idea of where the parkway is located in your area. While on the subject of the parkway, NO IMPROVEMENT, CHANGES OR ANY WORK may be performed on the parkway without first contacting the office to determine whether a construction permit is necessary, which may include obtaining the approval of the Lake Improvement Board.

Regarding the safety of our Association community, unfortunately we are not immune from crimes committed in other areas. A house was robbed in broad daylight last Saturday morning around 11 am in L Block. The couple went for a walk and while they were away for just a short time, they believe two men, perhaps in a white Ram Pickup, broke into their house and stole many valuable items. Please lock your doors, including your garage doors, whenever you are away from your house. This includes being gone for just a very short period of time and it should also include locking sliding and other doors on the lakeside of your house.

DID YOU KNOW: Maximum speed limit on the main body of the Lake, between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to sunrise, is 10 miles per hour or less with minimal wake. (6 pts).

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