President’s Report – February 2019

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Written by Richard Traczyk

On February 18, 2019

Save the date, February 23rd, 2019 for the first Town Hall meeting of 2019! The Lake Holiday Board of Directors invites the community to come to the Clubhouse at 10:00 a.m. to meet the Directors, ask questions, voice concerns, and learn about “The HUB” (the designated recreational area off Country Club Road) and other proposed community projects.

The second Town Hall will be March 23rd, 2019, presented by the Lake Committee. Steve Fender, owner of Fender’s Fish Hatchery out of Ohio, will give a presentation about lake fish life. His company released the 800 plus fish into our lake last fall. Princeton Hydro will also present a proposed path forward for the lake. Come and learn facts to understand what is planned for future expenditures and the health of the lake.

Mike Goodwin, General Manager, will soon be sending out RFPs (requests for pricing) to finish the last portion of the road chip-and-tar program for this spring and summer. There has also been discussion about changing the traffic patterns at the school bus stop. Members of the community who would like to see a change should contact a Board member. Since that area will be sealed (no chip) and re-striped, that would be the time to change the traffic pattern if it is decided to do so.  Director Morelli will present traffic pattern options at the March Board meeting.

Paperwork on 41 lots scheduled for consolidation has been returned from the county tax department. These were from Family Investments, returned lots, and section 8A lot swap program from last year. This action will allow staff to finalize another large section of primarily 8A into common areas, removing them from our tax base.

The County has notified staff that it plans to foreclose on Ogunquit Development properties, which went out of business years ago. This involves 31 lots and $168,193 in back taxes. Several of the lots are available with utilities, but most have little value. The County may, in the future, proceed with a public auction to recover back taxes.

January Board Meeting Notes:  The Board selected Greenway Engineering to do the design work for the Board-approved 2018-2019 Capital Improvement Projects. These include Beach II improvements, erosion control at Beach I, and The Hub recreational area. When the design work is completed, cost estimates will be presented to the Finance Committee for implementation.

The Board approved revisions to the Employee Handbook and thanked Director Morelli for his hard work to bring the handbook up-to-date. Mike Goodwin announced he is working on changes and revisions concerning the staff benefits package.

The Security Committee presented requests to the Board concerning the speeding problem in several areas of the community. The Board approved their suggestions to move forward with cost estimates and locations for controlling speed, including a speed camera that captures license plate numbers, and more stop signs in specific locations. It was noted in the Compliance Committee report that many speeding citations had been issued in problematic areas last month.

It was suggested and approved to use community input to possibly change the name of the recreational area now referred to as The Hub. The community involvement program to choose an official name will be led by Director Ed Noble, in a yet to be determined process. If you prefer the name of The Hub or have a new name suggestion, keep it in mind until further details are announced.

The Board engaged in a lengthy discussion around improvements to the LH Fitness Center and replacing worn out equipment. Director Coates suggested possible aesthetic updates and presented information on the current equipment and reasons why it should be replaced. The Board recommended exact cost estimates be obtained and presented to the Finance Committee. If approved, the replacements may be later this year or may need to wait until the next budget cycle.

I hope to see everyone at the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 23!

The Board approved plans for a new walking trail to run from The HUB to the mailboxes across from the Clubhouse. Buildings and Grounds recommended a six-foot wide bike, walking, and jogging trail. It would be composed of a compacted material making the surface stable. Funds have been approved and are available with work beginning in early spring.

Richard Traczyk
President, LHCC

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