Hardly a day goes by when I don’t observe 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.
According to the project schedule I just received from the contractor working on the spillway project, work on the dam road bridge will take place from July 23rd until August 3rd. Expect one or both lanes to be closed during that time frame. Please direct your guests or contractors to use Gate 7 if you’re on the east side of the Lake. If there are any adjustments to the schedule, we will keep everyone updated via the Facebook page.
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.
Submitted by: Jan T. Olson – Executive Director
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