Practical Enhancements and Beautification Underway Throughout Lake Holiday
Submitted by the BG&SA Committee, LHCC GM and Board of Directors
What’s happening around Lake Holiday?
If you’ve seen an extra burst of activity around our community – it’s because the board approved the funding of repairing or replacing critical pieces of equipment and advancing a number of important projects. Some activities are very practical, such as paving around the trash compactor, removing dangerous tree and shrub overgrowth to improve the safety of our roadways; and/or protection of our lake by reducing run-off from rainstorms; and others are for the beautification of our community.
Trash Compactor Area Concrete Paving. The Project is on-schedule to be completed by Nov. 30. Cement has been poured and is curing. Once the compactor and container are re-installed, there will be no more muddy shoes or potholes to navigate around!
Landscaping. Specimens are now planted at the front entrance, Clubhouse, Marina, Beach 1, Beach 2, the Dog Park, and Country Club Park. Existing bushes and trees were trimmed, planting beds cleaned up, and mulch and/or rocks added, as follows:
- Front Entrance. The trees at the front entrance were trimmed, shaped, and mulched. At the “T” intersection from the front gate at Masters and W Masters drives, the overgrown arborvitaes and old sign were removed and replaced with three Crepe Myrtles, and hardscape and shrubs will be installed soon.
- Clubhouse. Garden beds have been defined, existing trees, bushes and shrubs neatly trimmed, and new plants added. Three Giant Arborvitaes along the side of building now shield the view of air conditioning units.
- Beach 1. Planting beds with hardscaping are being installed along the paved walkway to Beach 1. The goal on the right side is to reduce runoff, and on the left, to provide plantings and a seating bench with an enchanting view of the lake. A professionally installed paver patio will be added to extend the beach-facing side of the deck; with the new blue picnic tables positioned to take advantage of the expansive view of the lake. Sloped drainage will be added to the outdoor shower, and new paver steps will lead members, and the guest who accompany them, down to the beach.
- Beach 2. In addition to further improvements in grading and drainage to address sand runoff into the lake, landscaping – to include new trees, shrubs along the sidewalk, and plantings to stabilize the steep sloped – have been installed above the sand beach area.
- Marina. Nautical rope railings and solar post caps have been installed along the concrete walkway. Plants that can help stabilize the area have been installed and will be finished with stones along the water’s edge. Grasses add textural contrast behind the new retaining wall, next to the kayak/canoe racks.
- Dog Park. Crepe Myrtles along Country Club Drive further soften the view of the fence.
- Country Club Park. Plantings in front of the sign and beneath the trees now firmly establish the entrance to the park.
Investing in LHCC’s Technologies
Upgrading LHCC’s Technology footprint is critical to the future our community. LHCC’s Master Planning Committee (MPC) worked with the Finance Committee and Board to fund 2022 technology improvements across three categories, including the association’s Survey, Hardware, and Software investments, as follows:
Category 1 – Survey: The Master Planning Committee (MPC) engaged an independent consultant to design, manage and analyze the 2022 LHCC Survey (conducted every 5-years). The survey was open June 22-July 8 and the final narrative document and accompanying graphics were delivered on Sept. 19. Results were sent to each LHCC committee to assist with prioritizing actions and if necessary, research and plan for potential Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) investments in 2024 and beyond.
Category 2 – Hardware: The urgent need to improve clubhouse Wi-Fi connectivity and audio in the great room is based on numerous issues broadcasting and recording Board Meetings for association members. While new acoustic tiles on the ceiling of the great room reduced reverb by 25%, audio still needs to be amplified. The following steps were taken:
- Broadcast Streaming – an initial microphone “puck” system was assessed and deemed unsatisfactory. It was replaced with a 360-degree Meeting Owl video conference camera, resulting in an improved experience for online viewers.
- Integrated Sound System – an LHCC-owned microphone/speaker system in the great room should improve audio amplification for in-person meeting attendees. Note: the antiquated microphone system wasreplaced because it used FCC spectrum now reserved for emergency broadcasting only. Our thanks to Compass Community Church for generously allowing the association to borrow their sound system for many essential meetings (Annual Meetings, etc.).
- Fiber Optic Broadband – to address numerous drop-offs experienced at meetings, and numerous disruptions for office phone/internet connectivity), broadband is being installed in the clubhouse. LHCC has locked-in the COMCAST business rate for five years.
Category 3 – Software: Automation, consolidation, and documentation of processes and procedures for administrative staff has been a top priority for several years. A software consultant has analyzed back-office functions performed by the administrative staff and is recommending technology upgrades, improvements and Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) applications to better engage with association members, as follows: