Lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived at Lake Holiday. Last year was challenging with the pandemic and unrelenting changes in protocol so it’s nice to be getting slowly back to normalcy.
The fireworks display during the Fourth of July celebration was spectacular and the annual boat parade was fun with the competition fierce. (See photos in this issue.) Reports from Staff and the Sheriff’s Office were positive, as crowds were orderly and no issues were reported.
The old lake patrol boat has been retired and replaced with a reliable used pontoon. The new boat is used for weekly lake water sampling and safety patrolling. The old boat will be kept and used by Maintenance as a work boat for placing buoy’s, dock repairs, and general lake maintenance. (See photo Page 13.)
Mark your calendars for the first LH Town Hall of 2021 on Saturday, August 28, at 10 a.m. at the Clubhouse. Many issues of major interest and importance will be covered on the ever-changing climate at Lake Holiday. John Martel will report on how assessment money is allocated, and Board Treasurer Ed Noble will report on the Sanitary District fee paid yearly to the County. Darrell Melcher of the Safety Committee will talk about the status of RFPs (requests for pricing) and road safety. Chris Anderson of the Lake Committee will talk about water quality, fish stocking, and the new marina configuration. The newly formed Restaurant Subcommittee will explain a proposal for a community restaurant and Dave Buermeyer of the Nominating Committee will report on new voting options offered for the upcoming Board elections and a proposal to reduce the size of the Board of Directors to nine members.
The Tech Team will utilize new equipment to stream the entire Town Hall meeting to those who wish to watch the proceedings remotely. A trial run of the equipment is planned for Tuesday, August 10, to work out the bugs and help members gain access to the site. If you have had problems receiving Lake Holiday newsletters and notifications, come to the Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. with your mobile device and the TechComm Committee will help resolve any technical issues you are experiencing.
This is a reminder that dogs are not allowed at Beach I or II. Families have expressed concern about children swimming with pets. Beach III has been the de facto place for dogs to swim.
As mentioned, the Nominating and TechComm Committees have proposed new voting options for the election of Board members at the annual community meeting in October. Information has been mailed out as well as a call for prospective candidates.
The multiyear contract with Haines Security will end this year. Request for Proposals (RFP) have been sent to several security contractors as required by LH rules. Bids received will be reviewed by Staff and the Safety Advisory Committee.
The Finance Committee is reviewing the budget for 2022 with all Committee requests and projects having been submitted. The final proposed budget will be submitted to the Board at the August meeting. At this time, it would appear that no substantial changes to assessments are necessary for the coming year.
Speeding continues to be a concern with the speed camera recording over 100 speeding violations a month on Lake Holiday roadways. Because there are so many infractions, a temporary staff employee has been hired to process the violations. Citations are issued for 10 mph over the speed limit of 25 mph. Speeds of 40 mph and above are not uncommon.