President’s Report, April 2019

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Written by Richard Traczyk

On April 3, 2019

Welcome Spring!

A Grand Opening is being planned for May 11th, 2019 to officially open the new Lake Holiday outdoor activity center on Country Club Drive. That area previously referred to as the Hub has a new official name! The community had the opportunity to submit names for the center, with the top votes going to Country Club Park,” the name submitted by Terri Ward. The top four submissions were: Country Club Park with 47 votes; The Hub with 37 votes; Holiday Central with 11 votes; and The Lookout with 8 votes, for a total of 103 votes cast. Ms. Ward received a $25 gift card to a local restaurant from the Activities Committee.  Mark your calendars for this fun event. After a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m., there will be demonstrations on how to play Bocce Ball, Horseshoes, and Disc Golf. In addition, we will have the unveiling of the sign for the newly named center, light refreshments, and drawings for game sets.

After harsh winter weather, grounds clean-up at Lake Holiday is in full swing. In addition to the Maintenance crew, for this monumental task, a professional tree service has been hired to help clear roads and minimize potential summer fire issues from fallen trees. In and around the Section 8A area to Beach III we had major tree and road damage over the winter months and roads are in need of repair. Work is underway and expected to be completed by early April to open the area to property owners wishing to access their lots.

Requests for Pricing have gone out to contractors for the summer chip and tar road project. Areas to be worked on this season include West Masters Drive and South Lakeview Drive. The community will be advised as to when work will start. The school bus stop and Clubhouse parking lots will be coated with a sealant during the summer after school is out. This will be followed by re-striping of lines.

Greenway Engineering completed a walk-through and has started design work related to the yearly degradation of Beach I. The destructive rainwater runoff results in substantial sand replacement cost and labor hours repairing storm damage. Beach II was also looked at to improve the camping area, parking, water runoff control, widening the beach area, and new dock locations. Survey work and detailed drawings have started.

Steve Fender

The Town Hall gathering on March 2, sponsored by the Lake Committee and led by Chairman Jon Reedy, was well attended by over 60 community members. Steve Fender of Fender’s Fish Hatchery out of Ohio gave an interesting and sometimes humorous talk about fish life and the restocking of Lake Holiday with Bass and Walleyes.  (Click here: Lake Holiday Fish Stocking Event)

Mike Hartshorne from Princeton Hydro talked about water testing results, how to protect the lake, what contaminates the water, and how to better control run off in the years to come. He gave a good perspective on the lake — past, present, and future. A question & answer period followed each session.

Work is underway to improve access to boats in the boat storage area. Gravel is being put down to help with the swampy travel lanes in hopes this will improve traction during wet weather.

MARCH BOARD MEETING NOTES

  • At the request of Director Hardgrave, an Aqua representative discussed proper care for the many grinder pumps in the Lake Holiday community. The Board had numerous questions related to water and sewer issues and has decided it should be a topic of discussion at a Town Hall meeting this spring.
  • The contract for the Lakeview Snack Shop at Beach I was renewed for the summer season, May through September. The same past terms and conditions were approved for 2019.
  • The installation of a sign at the newly named Country Club Park on Country Club Drive was approved and will be ready for the Grand Opening on May 11.
  • Due to a number of discrepancies in the 2017 audit, the acceptance proposal was tabled until April. The Finance Committee, with Board approval, has employed a new auditing firm that promised more timely and diligent audit preparation.
  • 58 lots at section 8A were approved for transfer to common areas, thereby removing them from the county property tax rolls and sanitary district fees. The question of continuing to take back lots was asked again and the Board decided to continue to evaluate them individually.
  • In order to gain better access to the swampy boat storage area near the old office building, loads of gravel will be spread on the low-lying ground roadways.
  • The Board had a lengthy discussion on Beach II relative to positioning boat docks, placing buoys, the swim area, boating restrictions, and who would make policy decisions. It was decided to wait until Greenway finishes their engineering work and then Buildings & Grounds Committee, along with the Lake Committee, will make recommendations to the Board as to the area details.

Richard Traczyk
President, LHCC

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